Steven Volk - Oberlin College

Professor: Steven Volk
Department: History
College: Oberlin College
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: HIST293
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I didn't particularly like him and was disappointed after all the great things I heard about him. He assigned upwards of 100 pages of reading per class which is outrageous for a 200 level course. He treats students like people who must be showered with his knowledge, not valuable members of the community.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: HIST110
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
With all of the wonderful feedback Professor Volk has received, I was a little underwhelmed. While he is a great professor, I don't think he is one of the absolute best at Oberlin. Clear, helpful, and organized - love the little touches like music at the start of class, but at the same time he can be a little boring.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: INTRO1
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I was very disappointed with Volk, especially after getting all this positive feedback. He teaches history for high school science students. His video lectures introduced me to new limits of boredom. He was unwilling to push in own perspective to accommodate mine, even though he thinks he creates an environment of equality. Wish I had dropped.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: HIST110
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He is a great lecturer, uses powerpoints well, is a genius, basically changed my whole perspective on Latin American history/history in general. Take his classes. He focuses more on general processes than on people and dates.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: HIST109
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Volk's lectures were interesting, even at 9 AM, and he was extremely understanding when I had personal trouble in the middle of the semester.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: HIST109
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Prof. Volk is a great lecturer, very helpful outside of class and responsive to questions, especially if you e-mail him. His 109 & 110 classes fill up fast, but don't be discouraged - he will let you in if you get on the waitlist & stick around. He gives a lot of readings, but you can pick what to read. Papers are fairly straight-forward.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: HIST293
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I've taken several classes with Volk and I love him! He's a great professor: great lecturer, brings up interesting topics, and presents information clearly. He is friendly and easy to talk to and really knows what he is talking about.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: LA
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
No Comments
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: HIST293
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Very inspiring professor!! Even if you don't think you have any interest in the subject, take a class with him and you will. Upper level classes are more interesting.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: HIST110
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I really liked this professor. I don't usually like lecture classes, but his lectures were really great. The assignments were interesting, and it's great that he always plays one or two songs at the start of class. The best professor I've had all year, and I'm not even a history major or anything.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: HIST110
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
While he is less passionate about his lower level courses, Professor Volk manages to make otherwise dry history interesting, including references to current US politics. The readings are wonderful and he is great one-on-one. Go talk to him. He's had an amazing life.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: HST6363
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
kept a vis a vis tally b/c he knows no other words.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: DIRTYWAR
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
The highlight of my week! Truely AMAZING!!!
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: 293
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
well, he's so great that you should take his class even if you are not interested in Latin American History YET. You'll find him highly intelligent and very well spoken.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: HIST110
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
dig that radical left critique of dependent capitalist development
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: HIST109
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
laid back and highly intelligent, really makes you think
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: HST110
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Rocks rocks rocks rocks. If you are into Latin American History, look him up and take a class, he's great!
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: HIST109
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
No Comments
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: HIST293
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
No Comments
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