Hazel McFerson - George Mason University

Professor: Hazel McFerson
Department: Political Science
College: George Mason University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: GOVT414
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I really learned to liked Prof. McFerson. Yes, there was A LOT of reading, and a lot of it was confusing, but if you DID the reading you would do well in the class. MOST of the class was NOT willing to read and complained A LOT. I did the reading and did well and learned to really like her.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: GOV414
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Professor McFerson is a bad professor. Firstly, she was the most unclear teacher I've ever had. Changes syllabus and grading regularly which adds to the confusion. Secondly, she was a very bad grader. For example, even If you answered the question right, she will find a reason to mark down. Please heed my warning, don't register with her classes.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: GOVT530
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I am a grad student who is mastering in comparative politics. I am writing for underclassmen who might take her, avoid. If she does the stuff she does in a grad class, like looking for videos reading from wikepedia and canceling at the drop of a hat I can not imagine what she will do for underclassmen.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: GOVT432
  • 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:
Prof. McFerson brings passion and real world experience to the table. She always opens her doors to interested students and is willing help mentor them and guide them to where they want to go- which I believe is the most important quality in a professor. Her courses are also engaging, creative, and loaded with discussion. I highly recommend her.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: GOVT337
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Its a shame to have a professor with a lot of knowledge and plenty of experience to share, but has no way of doing so. Prof McFerson is well- meaning, but has no teaching or organizational ability. Most of the class was taught through student presentations, with 50% attendance at best.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: GOV133
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
pointless class..does not prepare you for any upper level government class. did not learn a single thing from her. take someone else.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: GOVT337
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I literally can not believe how pointless this class was. I ended up missing a few weeks of this class because we had the same discussion every class and I did not think it was necessary to attend. McFerson (I can't believe she has her doctorate) has no structure to her class and goes off on random tangents.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: GOVT432
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Professor McFerson is a fantastic teacher! Her class is extremely interactive, so come prepared! She is extremely helpful, and I would not hesitate to take another class from her.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: GOVT351
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Had 3 classes with professor McFerson & enjoyed them all. She expects you to contribute in class & read the assigned readings/books. If you're a slacker type she'll recognize it. Class discussions were always interesting & sparked informative dialog. The assigned books were always worth reading. Would definitely take her classes again!
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: GOVT490
  • 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:
Dr. McFerson is articulate, respectful, as well as extremely helpful. Unlike the typical Mason professor, she expends great time and effort towards the intellectual development of her students. She considers this to be of paramount importance. If you invest the time and effort, she will do more than reciprocate. Definitely a professor to take.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: GOVT337
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I took two government classes with Dr. Mcferson and I learned so much from her. I found her to be objective. I loved her teaching style. She doesn't talk at you. The classes were very interactive, which made for a very interesting class. Definitely not boring. You do have to come to class prepared by reading the text book. She's the best!
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: GOVT337
  • 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:
Great Class! Everybody should have to take a course like this in college. Read the materials and go to class and you'll do well. The class discussions are interesting and she includes everyone and welcomes different perspectives. Attendance isn't mandatory but if you want to do well dont miss class. GREAT PROFESSOR!!!
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: GOVT337
  • 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 have taken multiple classes with Dr. McFerson, she is a very intelligent woman, her classes consist of papers, a mid-term and term paper, I highly recomend the class especially if you are interested in African Studies or Ethnic Politics, don't listen to others on here, they obviously have a complex or something, Dr. McFerson is awesome!
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: GOVT432
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
She loves the subject that she teaches and is very knowledgeable about it. having said that, she isn't the best at teaching the class. she will start talking about one thing about africa and in 5 minutes she'll have gone on 50 different tangents. youtube wasted several days of class. not hard if you can figure out what she's looking for.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: GOVT432
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
She was unable to use technology and the class time was relatively useless. When it came time for work and grades she always allowed for revision and extra credit. I am taking her again in the fall, she was a breeze to get through.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: GOVT432
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
No complaints. The readings are important, but it was crucial to come to class even though it wasn't mandatory. She is a hard grader, don't BS your work. The way to do well was not to memorize facts and regurgitate them, but to understand concepts and theories and apply them, then expand them to current situations. Easy to do, enjoyed the class.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: GOVT337
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
She's not the best teacher around, however she does know her stuff. If you take an interest in the subject she will be willing to help you and engage you on a ton of things. Class schedule and textbook usage tends to be more of a suggestion. However, you should read what is assigned as it will be on the midterm. Overall a very nice person.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: GOV337
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Great Teacher, Really nice. She is always there if you need help. You have to go to class it s mandatory. I just took her this semester and I really enjoyed her class.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: GOVT432
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Easy class, but you will not learn anything. she spent several classes searching randomly for videos on youtube with no real lesson plan in mind. there's a 5-page paper on African pre-history, essay midterm, 15-page research paper, and 15-min presentation. Her grading seemed subjective and arbitrary, but if you do what she asks you'll do okay.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: GOVT432
  • 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:
Hazel is a horrible professor, I would know b/c i went to class all the time. Hoping to learn which I didntlectures/notes clear unorganized UNinformative. oh and she's **** forgot to mention that. I was really excited to take this class,my bubble was burst with her horrible teaching.
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