James Halstead - DePaul University

Professor: James Halstead
Department: Religious Studies
College: DePaul University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: HON104
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
This guy is one of the most interesting people I've ever met in my life. Genius. Also, adorable. Gives AMAZING lectures, but his class will kick your ass. Makes you really closely examine your life. Really, really cool class.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: REL103
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Seemed like an interesting intro class, however very difficult grader. Expects you to understand and always be on the same page. Has expectations that are not stated in criteria but expects you to have every thing or a low grade. Definitely a very difficult intro class. Not worth it.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: REL103
  • 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:
At first I thought his class was interesting to say the least. However, he is very esoteric and expects you to be on the same page as him always. His grading criteria is not clear at all because he plays the favorite's card with his students then bases how he grades everyone else from those he likes most. Hardest intro level class I have ever taken
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: REL103
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Halstead has been one of my favorite professors at DePaul. You would never guess he is also a priest! He is completely unbiased and you learn a lot in this class. You'll think you're doing horribly but if you stick it out and go to an office hour or two, everything will fall into place at the end. :)
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: REL103
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Boring, dry lectures. Tough grader, but a nice guy.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: HON104
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He makes the class interesting and really makes you think. Quite a bit of readings, but you can get by skipping a few of the smaller readings occasionally. A few essays but the assignments are fairly straightforward, he is a tough grader though so do exactly what he asks for. I didn't do well on many assignments but still got an A. He's a nice guy
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: REL103
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Halstead knows what he talks about, and you will learn a lot from this class. However, he grades too hard for a 100 course, and his grading is weird. One more thing, it takes him forever to grade things!!! My suggestion is: take him only if you don't have other options!!
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: CTH248
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
It is unlike other courses, he allows you to question all the information given without the fear of being politically correct because the past is often discussed. He is not easy and tough grader, but that should not cause you to not take his course. Definitely recommend, you actually learn something. One of my favorite professors..
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: HON104
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Halstead is a really cool professor, with the real potential to change the way you think.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: REL103
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Halstead is a super nice guy, very knowledgable and helpful. Very tough grader, but you learn a lot. Super interesting class!
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: REL103
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He's an extremely nice guy, and you can tell he really knows/cares about his work. But he gives out very vague writing prompts for papers and then grades them very harshly. And his tests are aren't exactly normal either. They're not free response OR multiple choice. It's more like fill in the blank, with a random sentence about the subject matter
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: REL103
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He seems more intimidating than he is. Grades on accuracy and thoroughness which leads to long papers- it is doable with the info he provides you. Tests are basically memorizing lists and specific terms, which is also hard at times but definitely doable. Will have to work for an A in this class but he will be more than happy to give it to you. :)
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: REL103
  • Grade Received: C+
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He grades way too hard for a 100 level class. His exams are basically memorizing long lists of terms. I feel like I haven't learned much in this class and I had a genuine interest in the content from the beginning. I'm a typical A student, and have not gotten a single A on any of his assignments/tests. C's are what he prefers to give. Dont take him
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: CTH248
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I had Halstead for Contemporary Moral Issues, and while it is a hard class, it is completely doable. If you pay attention in class and make an effort, you'll be good. Some say you don't have to read the books, but for both of his big papers two prompts use the entire book. Midterm was tough, but if you take notes in class you'll be totally fine.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: CTH248
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Overall a bad professor. He is very unorganized, and doesn't even know what he assigns for credit. He'll put a due date on something and then he changes the entire assignment two days before it's due. I thought the class was going to be very interesting, but he ruined the whole class.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: HON104
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I've never had it so good! I wish this would be forever!
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: HON104
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Lots of reading, but that is to be expected in an Honors course, and he is very understanding if you don't get all of the reading done. Great professor, interesting material, great class discussions. Really knows his stuff and is a great teacher! Definitely recommend!
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: HON104
  • 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:
REALLY HARD for a 100 level. Thinks C is good and A is like above and beyond.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: HON104
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He is a reverend, but you would never know. Most of the time I feel like he is making fun of every religion we discuss in class, even his own... Class is very discussion based, and he will put random students on the spot if no one is answering. The only grades are a few papers, which are easy because he gives detailed guidelines.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: HON104
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Amazing professor, amazing person, amazing theologian. Simply put, this professor and this class have the potential to change your life. Highly recommend.
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