Ratings for Henkin, D M
Based on 16 ratings for this instructor.
Comment: This class will teach you a lot about early American history. Professor Henkin is very insightful and an expert especially in antebellum America. There was a lot to cover in this course so the lectures at times were a little overwhelming. The midterms consisted of ID identifications, and the final consisted of ID identifications and essay questions. They take a lot of studying but are pretty straightforward in my opinion. It is easy to do well if you are willing to dedicate a lot of effort to this class!
Submitted Dec. 26th, 2014
Comment: Prof. Henkin is really nice and approachable. He makes an effort to remember everyone's name in a huge lecture hall! The in-class tests were pretty easy if you studied, because the IDs that you could be tested on have already been given to you before hand. It was the same for the final exam, all the IDs and prompts were given to us beforehand.
Submitted Dec. 22nd, 2014
Comment: This class was great. Professor Henkin is engaging in lectures, referring to each as a "story" that he is telling us. Bring your computer to class, he talks fast! He wrote the textbook, so if you ever miss lecture you can find all the information in there. Otherwise, there's not much need to buy it. The readings for this class were all thoroughly interesting first-person narratives and I really enjoyed the writing assignments even though I hate writing. The workload is small: daily homework is the readings and your grade is made up equally from two 2-3 page papers, two midterms, and the final. Each class he talks about 5-10 terms, then for both midterms he gave 12 terms and asked us to write a paragraph about 8 of them. This class covers a really small period of time, so you go in-depth and are introduced to some really interesting things!
Submitted June 9th, 2014
Comment: Even though I'm not a history major, I've always been interested in 1800s history, and I thought that a course on antebellum America would be pretty cool. The class, however, quickly turned into a rhetorical analysis class, in which we were analyzing the devices and motives of primary source authors from the antebellum period. The lectures themselves were more focused on historical facts, but he stutters a lot, isn't the easiest to follow. The lectures also weren't the most interesting. The exams, however, were very basic, and as long as you take minimal notes in lecture, you won't have any problem at all doing well on the exams.
Submitted Dec. 15th, 2012
Comment: Before reading my review, you should know that I am not a history major. I am also not very interested in America during the Antebellum time period (1815-1860). Thus, if you are deeply interested in the history of this class, you may have a radically different opinion than mine. I found lectures to be quite boring. Prof. Henkin, though nice and knowledgeable, is not the smoothest lecturer. He often takes a while to get to his point and says an incredible amount of "ums" every sentence. Though he does have a PowerPoint for each lecture, it is basically two slides of "important terms" and maybe a couple pictures. The reading, however, was relatively interesting. An added bonus for this class is the light writing workload (especially for an AC class). The first midterm consisted of explaining eight terms by writing a paragraph about each. It was quite easy. The grade distribution is the following: 25% for two short essays, 25% for two midterms, 25% for discussion participation, and 25% for final. Regarding discussions, make sure to do the reading and have something to say about the reading as your GSI will take note of the people who speak.
Submitted Oct. 6th, 2012
Comment: Henkin's course is very straightforward, consisting of tests drawn from key terms, exams requiring essay answers, and several papers responding to prompts which reference readings. That said, the course is NOT easy. You will have to understand the course themes and be diligent in your reading and memorization to get a good grade in the course. If you do not grasp the themes and narratives of the course very well, your GPA will suffer. Henkin, and his GSIs, demanded a very high caliber of writing from the reading responses, which far exceeded that of any course I'd previously taken. I would strongly encourage students to take this course ONLY if they were interested in the specific themes of Henkin's class, because you will be doing a great deal of primary reading on otherwise esoteric and interpretive subjects.
Submitted July 19th, 2012
Comment: Dr. Henkin knows his stuff. If you go to class and pay attention you will get a B. To get the A you need to spend a heck of a lot of time on the assignments and refine them repeatedly. The midterms are a little hard to do well on depending on your reader.
Submitted May 14th, 2012