Daniel Smith - Northwest Missouri State University

Professor: Daniel Smith
Department: Political Science
College: Northwest Missouri State University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: ALL444
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I had the privilege to take Rights of the Accused and Con Law with him. He makes you work hard for his assignments and tests, but is willing to work with you to ensure you understand the material. You are not guaranteed an 'A', but if you work hard- it is achievable (which is how it should be-you are in college, things should not be handed to you).
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: POLS34338
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Makes you feel dumb if you ask questions or for help. Dont plan on taking another class with him again. Horrible professor.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: POLS34102
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Smith is very knowledgeable and passionate about government. He is impartial on most political issues but leans left occasionally. He is a standard lecturer, and you probably will need to take notes. On tests he has some difficult essay questions, so you have to have a good understanding of the material. He is quirky but enjoyable as a professor.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: POLS102
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
The tests are very hard. Each test has essay questions. He does not give good study guides to help you prepare for the test. When he lectures he gets off topic a lot! I worked very hard in this class and still got a B.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: POLS34338
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I've taken several classes with Smith. He hands out B's like crazy, but you have to work your butt of for an A. He's a chatter and very quirky, but will help you on ANY AND ALL assignments/test if you go to his office hours and listen to him brag about his kids.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: GOV101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Lectures are impossible to follow and you don't know what to study. Not recommended.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: GOV102
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
While Dr. Smith is nice, his problem is that I found his class to be extremely unorganized. His lectures are impossible to follow. He easily goes off on tangents and into things that you aren't sure are going to be on a test. This was a Gen Ed for me, but I recommend going to another teacher unless you really, REALLY already enjoy government.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: POLS34338
  • 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've had several classes with Dan Smith. He has an impressive background in political science and law so you know you're getting a good professor. That being said, he is very helpful if you need it so don't hesitate to visit him during office hours, even right before a test. If you miss one of the requirements, talk to him about it. He will help.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: POLS34436
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I took his Constitutional Law class and it was slightly difficult. That being said he is an incredibly fair grader on top of being very helpful. The class is set up like a simulation court and you will have lots of writing and cases to argue. It sounds boring, but it's a lot of fun. There aren't a lot of points so stay on top of the assignments.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: POLS102
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I hope in the time I am at this university I never have to encounter this man again. He is quite possibly the worst grader of all time and you will have no idea why you got a bad grade on something. I hated every second of being in this class. Take any other government and politics teacher!!
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: 34340
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Smith is awesome. If you pay attention and do the readings you will pass. He is more than willing to help if you ask. He is a talker- in class and in his office. If you go to talk to him allow plenty of time. He gives you pretty clear-cut ideas on what to study for tests and for papers. He's a great teacher, would take again.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: POL338
  • Grade Received: C+
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Overall he is not a bad person. Just very confusing on what he wants. The test are very long and drawn out and more than likely you will run out of time. If you are not interested in law school than I don't recommend his class.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: COURTSRIGHTS
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Dr. Smith is by far one of the most enthusiastic professors I have had. He will definitely help out with any questions you have about assignments. Tests are somewhat difficult as much of the class is based of extensive reading. Overall a pretty good teacher.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: INTROAMGOVPOL
  • 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:
Nice guy but lectures sometimes get off track and hard to follow. SI's are helpful for a clear understanding needed for tests.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: POLS34338
  • 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:
Dr. Smith is a great guy. His class may seem difficult, but if you do the readings you'll be fine. He gets off track a lot, but his stories are funny and interesting. He's a really nice guy so don't be afraid to talk to him.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: POLS34338
  • Grade Received: C+
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
If you have no prior political science experience or don't plan to go to law school take a different class. I could easily see this being a grad school class. Almost all of his classes are like this, because he is a lawyer. Be prepared to write court-level paperwork and petitions.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: GOVERNMENT
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
He rambles, his lectures are unorganized and all over the place, and I have no idea what to study ever. If you actually want to learn what government is don't take him. He talks about everything but government for the first 20 minutes of class then slops the rest together. Nice guy, but not a good teacher.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: INTROTOGOV
  • 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:
Confusing powerpoints/prezi. Unorganized lectures and difficult to know what to take notes on. More like political theories and application rather than knowing certain things about the government. Too in depth and complex for a gen ed.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: INTROTOAMGOV
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Intro to american government is required for my major but I would recommend Smith to anyone. There is only 3 tests and a few outside of class assignments. His tests consist of short answer questions and an essay question. The big essay counts for half the test but he tells you what it is before the test. GO TO THE SI!
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: ROFA01
  • 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:
Very engaging and interesting professor. Don't take if you want a free A. If you want to learn materials and EARN an A, good professor to take. Wouldn't recommend if you have no interest in the subject area. Makes you APPLY instead of memorize. Great professor and great person in general. Is a *MUST TAKE* for any pre-law student.
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