David Stark - Grand Valley State University

Professor: David Stark
Department: History
College: Grand Valley State University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: HNR280
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He grades so harsh. Not only that, but he also has such long lectures, which I felt helped with nothing. He expects so much out of you from this class. I get its an honors class, but he had no reason having his students read two books at a time, with articles 20+ articles. This class feels like your taking three instead of one. It is so draining.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: HIST374
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I have taken Professor Stark 3, count them, 3 times and look forward to taking him in the future. Yes he comes off as arrogant, yes he grades tough and yes there are a lot of books to get through but its worth it. Stark has many repeat students for a reason. He is accessible, he works with students and the courses are crazy good. You will learn.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: HNR280
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Surprised by the negative comments ... Great lectures that leave you literally hanging on the edge of your seat. Difficult class, but very willing to work with you outside of class. Very accessible - will meet with you before and after office hours, even when eating lunch. You work for the grade but he prepares you for life beyond Grand Valley.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: HNR280
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Stark really knows his stuff, there is no doubt about it. However, at times he can come off as a bit condescending and not very approachable. He is a pretty tough grader but you will learn a lot in his class, although at times lectures will seem a bit overwhelming and dry.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: HNR280
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
This is the hardest class I've ever taken. Stark acknowledges its difficulty and takes pride in it. That said, you learn a lot and get your money's worth. There's a lot of reading, writing, and critical thinking. He knows the subject very well and gives long lectures. Stark does care about his students, but sometimes can seem a bit condescending.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: HNR280
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Stark has an intense passion for Latin America, and his lectures show it. If you actually want to learn the material and not just receive a passing grade, he's your man. He grades essays especially tough, but his office is always open and he is willing to help you. He is a bit condescending and arrogant, so you need a tough skin at times.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: HST330
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Stark definitely comes off as condescending but ultimately he is a great professor. All of the readings complement the papers and hes more than willing to look over papers although he DOES expect a lot. Take a class with him and your writing will improve if you follow his advice. Makes you work for your grade for sure.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: LAS210
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
The class was well taught! All you have to do is read 4 books, answer Discussion Questions, watch 3 films, an oral presentation, and write 3 essays! The DQ's are easy if you read, and the essays are based on the films! He doesn't believe in exams! so you're midterm will be a DQ or your first essay & your final is a group project!
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: HNR280
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He lectures every day for the first hour of sequence (Latin American Civilization/the Making of Latin America) which wasn't that bad, but assigns a ton of books to read each semester, with questions due every couple weeks or so. He is a tough grader on papers, and never seems to be satisfied with your work
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: HIST204
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Take Prof. Stark only if you want to learn and earn an education. For the rest of you that don't or can't use your brain, well, that's why they came up with the PhysEd major! Back on point, he's the fairest professor I know, but that fairness comes with honesty built in. College ain't HS. Work and learn, or slack and whine. Your choice.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: LAS210
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He's not bad. He really cares about his students and will do what he can to help you if you need it. That being said, do not take him if you are not in honors. He dishes out more work than should be necessary for a gen ed, and his class itself is pretty dry because he just lectures. Still a good prof, and makes his lectures very clear. Also no exam
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: HST330
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Professor Stark is one of GVSU's finest. He shows concern for your academic progress, passionate about Latin American studies, enthusiastic, cares about you as a person, is very friendly, is extremely knowledgable, genuine and if he really likes you can stop by his office pour a cup of coffee for yourself. Highly recommend him!
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: HON280
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Stark is currently my favorite. His enthusiasm is unreal and if you can handle his energy and passion for excellence, you'll love him. He is a challenging grader and had high expectations for sure, but he has your best interests at heart. Speak up in class and keep up with the reading. Go to office hours. And ask him questions.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: HNR285
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Stark is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about what he teaches. He really cares about students and will help you if you go to office hours. He is a very hard grader though and assigns a huge workload of reading and assignments. If you are willing to go through the work though, you will learn so much!
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: HST372
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Yes, he's tough, but also one of the most helpful and down-to-earth professors you can take. The material was interesting and we had some good discussions in class. You will be chanllenged, but not disappointed.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: HNR285
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
One of the most helpful professors out there; will make you work hard for your grade but will bend over backwards to help you achieve your goal. Amazing lectures and very knowledgeable. Take advantage of office hours. Definitely would take again!
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: HST372
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Stark demands a lot from his students. He grades the papers as if it was grad school. Do not take unless you are a HST major or minor. Lectures the entire class period with little class discussion. Comes off as cocky and a know-it-all. However, if you take this class, you will learn a ton about the subject.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: HST374
  • 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:
Yes he is a hard grader, but he's very willing to help with writing but you have to make the effort. The lectures are the best part of the class. I thought he was helpful and genuinely concerned about the students.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: HST374
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
DO NOT TAKE STARK! One of the worst professors I've ever had. Unwilling to help on papers which he expects way too much. He is rude and a narcissist.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: HST204
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
By far the worst prof I have had at GV. He is more than willing to work through your papers with you, but will make you feel stupid and you will have to rewrite your paper multiple times. I assume he doesn't think you have any other classes going on and can focus only on his class. Would never wish this professors wrath on anyone.
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