Joel Benson - Northwest Missouri State University

Professor: Joel Benson
Department: History
College: Northwest Missouri State University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: HIST33155
  • Grade Received: C-
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Good luck getting an A
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: HIST101
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Amazing lectures! Great techaer and I learned so much. A true college class. My favorite teacher I had at northwest. Tough grader but you learn so much
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: HIST120
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I took history to 1877 and learned so much. He is such a great teacher and I enjoyed his lectures. You really have to study for this class and he grades tough. However, I learned so much and would take him again
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: HST380
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Benson is very enthusiastic about the material he's teaching, so his classes are entertaining, but he grades brutally. I would highly suggest showing up to every single lecture, or your grade will suffer.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: HIS3315
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
His final grades are terribly graded. The worst of all he doesnt read students' emails!!!!
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: HIST301
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Professor was not clear on requirements of paper assignements, which made it difficult to understand what he was wanting us students to complete. We had to complete 8 small paper assignments plus a 15+ paper, along with obnoxious midterms and finals. Hard and stressful, not worth the stress or listening to his nasal-y voice.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: HIST33301
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Benson's Historian's Craft class is definitely difficult. The man will tell you it is almost impossible to get an A in the class, they do not come easy. You have a paper assignment due every week. He is not afraid to announce to the class that the work he received was terrible therefore the grades received were also terrible.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: ENGHISTAMHISTH
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Benson is my favorite professor at Northwest so far. The first class I took with him was American Hist Survey, and it made me interested in taking more history classes, especially his. His classes require you to make an effort, but his assignments and tests are very consistent, so that helps. His classes aren't exactly easy A's but worth the effort
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: HIS534
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Benson is tough. No getting around it. But his lectures are fascinating - he makes history a story. I was never once bored in class. He grades hard. If you are terrible with punctuation and grammar you will never pass a test or paper. Not a class if you want an easy A
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: ENGLANDHISTORY
  • 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:
I am a history major and never received below a B on any paper or class but I constantly struggled in Benson's class. He is passionate but he leaves nasty comments on your papers or test, he even told me to stop coming to class becuase im clearly a lost cause. My GPA before his class was a 3.87 in my Junior year.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: HIST33155
  • 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:
Best history teacher i've ever had. The way he speaks keeps the class engaged. He tells you exactly what will be on the exams and gives you 3 months to turn in the papaer
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: AMERHIST
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He is very difficult and can be kinda mean... But I loved his lectures and he makes history very intersting. I always looked forward to going to his class. If you take his class, plan to work for an A or B.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: HIST155
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
One of the best instructors I've had so far. He basically tells stories about the history, follows the outline he gives at the beginning of the year, and gives you a study guide. With the paper, he gives you 3 months to do it and you can turn it in as many times as you want until you get an A. Don't slack and it'll be easy. You DO have to work!
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: HIST02
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He's really passionate about what he teaches, which I loved. He grades his exams pretty hard, so you'll have to put forth your best effort. It's nearly impossible to slack off and pass the class. You really have to pay attention, take good notes, and read the text book.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: HIST601
  • 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:
This is a quality professor. Slackers will be punished, hard workers will be challenged. Hard, but fair is a good tag line for Dr. Benson.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: AMERHIST
  • 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:
His study guide that was provided at the beginning of the semester was a great outline for the entire semester. His tests are very hard, but fair. He tends to grade on spelling and grammar on the essays even if he says he doesn't.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: AHS101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
WOW! worst and meanest teacher ever!!! I tried super hard in his class and still failed. Did the whole 8 page paper and he wrote a MEAN comment on it. What a complete Jerk.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: HIST120
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Dr. Benson was an amazing teacher. I took him for four or five classes, and I will be honest, if you want to just sleep through class and get an A, take someone else. If you are willing to work, and willing to learn, then you will love him! He was very helpful, and hilarious! One of my faves in the History department.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: HIST155
  • 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:
He is one of the hardest teachers on campus. He will not give you a break. He will destroy your GPA. Stay away from him!
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: HIST534
  • 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:
Benson is a hard prof. He is tough on writing and his tests are writing based. But he does help a lot, and all the answers are in his lectures and the book. He does not play tricks or games, he gives you the info and wants to see what you can do with it. Knows his stuff. I love him, have taken 4+ of his classes. You will learn a lot.I respect him.
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