James Sefton - California State University - Northridge

Professor: James Sefton
Department: History
College: California State University - Northridge
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: HIST371
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Need to read books cover to cover. If you're taking other classes and history is not your major, you will not have time for this class. He expects way too much. There is no homework, the grade is based on exams and quizzes. His questions are broad but he looks for SPECIFIC answers. He doesn't care if you fail though, it won't affect him.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: HIST441
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
They do not make History professors like Dr Sefton anymore. That is a shame. I am forever thankful to have endured the difficulty of his Civil War/Reconstruction course, his WWII course, and his eclectic Historical Photography course. I became a better student because of his toughness and his brilliance. A Great man.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: HIST371
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Hardest class I've ever taken. Sefton is a relic of an older time when an undergrad education seemed to have more weight. Sefton respects his students and treats them like academic adults - and he takes them all out for breakfast at the end of semester. I feel privileged to have learned from him (even if I don't know if I'm going to pass yet!).
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: HIST441
  • Grade Received: C
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I took Sefton for his World War II history course, Hist441 for the Fall 2015 semester. I already had an interest in WW2 and military history but found I was reading 150-300 pages a weekend. He is a tough teacher though rewarding in the sense that he will respect you if you put the work in. The papers are superbly in-depth, be ready to source!
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: H401
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Awesome. The man has lived history, has high standards, knows what he is talking about to the nth degree, and won't take crap from lazy slackers. What's not to love?
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: 497
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
For the record, I am a "Sefton Recidivist!" Doc is as "old-school" as we need him to be! You wont find someone who you will feel the honor and pride, as well as gratitude for EARNING his respect. But, you will have to be a model student, not a slob who feels compelled to enter and leave at will, and distract yourself with your "smart phone!"
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: 270
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Sefton is old school, and I'm okay with that. Went into this class thinking, "another easy GE course." The rude awakening came on the first weekly quiz, when, after reading 100 pages we were expected to know everything!. I realized I had to crack down and study in a way I never had before. I'm better for it. Thank you Dr. Sefton.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: 473A
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I had a three hour class with him, and he did NOT lecture at all. He'd ask questions, tell us we were wrong, then tell us exactly what we just said...? What? He lectured TWICE in the semester and it was great, but he totally left you alone with the book. He quizzed us on things that DID happen in the Civil War, problem is... it wasn't in the book.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: 371
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Everything you read in this profile is correct (except for the praise). I did decent in the class, but seriously, I'm among the top performers in any class I take, so unless you consider yourself in that category you are not going to do well. I never write reviews but he has rubbed me the wrong way with just how extreme this class is.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: HIST441
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I took History 441 (WWII) and it was one of the hardest classes I've ever had! I am a History Major, and so I thought the class would be about WWII in the big picture, but all he teaches is military history. So if you are into military history take it but if not add at your own will.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: HIST498C
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Everything you read on here is correct. Dr. Sefton is the hardest professor at CSUN. I've never felt more pressure as a student. I am a history major and he has improved my study and writing habits dramatically. Visit him in his office and talk to him about coursework and about life. He is happy to guide any student in the right direction.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: IDK
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
US civil war was very interesting, however it was the hardest class I've ever taken. The hardness of this class makes all other classes seem easy.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: HISTORY371
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
This is by far the worst teacher for a GE class I have ever had. He had standards that were completely ridiculous; everything is essay questions and there were reading quizzes every week. The reading was at least 100 pages a week and he expected you to remember every date, every person, every meeting, every battle.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: HIST473A
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
One of the hardest classes I have ever taken in my life, but one of the best teachers as well. He grades on progress, so no matter your grades you stand a chance to pass. If you want a challenge this is a class for you.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: HIST371
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
The other reviews are right, he is hard. There are 5 books you read; essay-type quiz every single day; 1 essay-type midterm; 1 "pre-final" mult-choice; & 1 essay-type final. He will make you work, but it is possible to pass. I worked my butt off and got a B-. He's old school, no phones, no back talk. He can be funny though. Not for lazy students.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: HIST371
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
By far the hardest professor I've had. If you need to take one of his classes I RECOMMEND ANOTHER PROFESSOR! EVEN IF YOU HAVE TO WAIT ANOTHER SEMESTER TO GET SOME1 ELSE! DO NOT TAKE HIM. YOU READ 5 BOOKS (and its a must). Do not have ur phone on! He does NOT do scantrons and answer columns are A-Z (not a typo). You WILL regret taking him GUARANTEED
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: HIST371
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
This teacher is absolutely impossible. Almost everyone in my class as of now is failing. I do all the reading, but because I don't know exact specifics, I end up failing. DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS. He is also incredibly condescending and rude.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: HIST483
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
"I know I'm intimidating" he said to me once, "I practice everyday to make sure I am doing it right-- but I do it to make you intellectually tough". These were the exact words he told me when my performance in class began to slip. If you can survive the first few weeks I'm sure he'll grow on you. He certainly is tough, but he will make you better.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: HIST417
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He is very demanding professor requiring college level work. You will be challenged, but in the end he will make you a better student. There are no easy grades and you will have to really work for a good grade. Accepted the challenge and you will be better for it. He is old school and has not lowered his standards like so many other professors.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: HIST441
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Yes his class is hard but his job is to teach, not just to pass lazy students. Do the readings, study, and participate in discussions. He grades by performance, not by points, so make the effort by reading, participate,and office visits. This class will be as easy or as hard as you make it.
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