Jim Selcraig - Texas State University

Professor: Jim Selcraig
Department: History
College: Texas State University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: HIST1320
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
There are no extra credit opportunities, no homework, no quizzes. All the tests are based on the lectures given in class. Make sure to attend every class lecture! To review for the test make sure to study every single lecture word for word because that's the only way to get a 100. The tests are based on an essay portion and fill in the blank.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: HIST1310
  • Grade Received: F
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I would not recommend Selcraig's class. There are only 4 exams grades and the expectations on the exam are ridiculous. I've never struggled in a history class until now. He crams too much information into one exam and barely gives any notice to what will be on the exam. I've attended SI sessions and have still failed every exam! do not take!
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: HIS1310
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Selcraig is a very funny and entertaining person BUT his lectures are LONG. I'm talking about 3-4 pages of notes every class then youre expected to learn and write a paper over 30 pages of info. Ridiculous. I got a 35 on my first paper... I usually make A's on everything. Highly advise you to not take him.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: ENG1320
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Selcraig is hands down the best professor at Texas State, he is very animated in his lectures and leaves you wanting to know more. For his exams, its fill in the blank (40 points) and an essay (60 points). For the essay you just rewrite everything he gave in his lecture and the fill in the blank is names/dates . 10/10 would take again!!
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: HIS1320
  • Grade Received: B-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Tests only, gives you all info needed in class. really nice, will answer all questions.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: HIST3343
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Selcraig is a solid Professor & is very knowledgeable. He is a pretty tough grader & you wont pass if your study/listening & note taking habits suck. No TRACS site, no extra credit, no grade bumps. We read two books & write essays on them, two tests, then the final. Only 5 grades to make in this class. If you want a challenge, take him!
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: HIST1310
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Mr. Selcraig is pretty nice, however he can be very rude if you get his bad side. If he sees you use your phone... your screwed. He gets really angry when people use their phones in class and will call you out on it. In order to pass you must write down everything he says and memorize it. Super hard, I had to study atheist 5 hours for every test
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: HIST1310
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He is a tough grader and very enthusiastic about what he teaches. He expects you to remember every single detail he tells you. Nothing can be spelled wrong in or in the wrong order. He cares that you learn the right thing which is what I do enjoy. Don't ask stupid questions because he will call you out for it. GO TO CLASS. DO NOT SKIP. Only 4 tests
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: HIST3372
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
3372 was the 3rd class I have taken with Selcraig. His classes/tests are tough, but you will learn what you're taking the class to learn. Always brings an interesting dynamic to the lectures and loves to bust myths. If you're looking for an easy class, not for you, if you're looking to learn and be challenged, highly recommend.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: HST1310
  • Grade Received: C+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Lecture based. Used flash cards to pass, got a C bc I wasn't as committed to this class as I shouldve been. He's very blunt & smart, so I can see why some ppl are saying he isn't that approachable. Just don't use your phone/sleep in class &you'll easily avoid his angry side. Liked that I didn't have to buy a textbook. Dont procrastinate on studying
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: HIST1310
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He gives 4 tests each is basically the same. each test is 40% fill in the blank and the other 60% is an essay over one lecture and you have to get every single thing he talks about. just go to class and take good notes and then review your notes over and over and you'll make a good grade. if you an A then go to the SI sessions which are study sess
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: HIST1310
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Selcraig is an amazing professor and you can tell he really cares about what he is teaching. He doesn't post anything online so it is important to go to class and write everything down. It is a writing extensive class but he is a pretty easy teacher. Study your notes and you'll definitely pass his tests they are essay and fill in the blank.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: HIST1310
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
If you are good at memorization take this prof. He gives lectures and on the exam you will need to regurgitate every single thing back in essay format. I have a fairly easy time memorizing things, so this class was a great experience.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: HIST3372
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
This is the hardest class I've taken. He gives you 12-17 lectures for each unit and expects you to memorize all of them word for word. For the exams he will ask you to write down one of his lectures in correct order, word for word. If you miss information, spell something wrong, or get it out of order, you get points taken off.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: HIST3372
  • Grade Received: D
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Horrible teacher. Required us to write a 14 page family history paper and graded them poorly if our families were not interesting enough. Even if you memorize the notes word for word, you still wont receive an a or b on any exam. Don't bother going to his grader for help either because that is a huge waste of time. Also hollers in class.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: HIST4360
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Selcraig is my favorite professor at Texas State. His classes are challenging, but you will learn more in his classes than any other history class at Texas State. He usually assigns two books and three non-cumulative tests. If you are a history major that wants to know more than the average history major, you should take his class.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: HIST1310
  • Grade Received: D+
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
This man makes this class way harder than it needs to be. I do have to admit he knows what he's talking about. He is very knowledgeable about US History and that's great. His teaching format is lecture based. Memorize your notes EXACTLY and you'll pass but that way of teaching isn't for everybody. No HW/Quizzes. 4 tests and an Essay + Final Grade.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: HIST1310
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
To get an A: memorize your notes word for word. There will be about 12-18 pages of notes to memorize before an exam. If you do this, you will pass. That's basically all there is to it. One take home essay that's easy. It's hard until you know what to do! So listen to me!!!
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: HIST1420
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
For exams-memorize your lectures word for word and you will get an A. The final was not cumulative for me, and half of it was a take home essay over a short book. This class is good if you have good memorization and will go to class. Do not take if you are looking for an easy A.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: HIS1320
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Selgraig is a great professor and you will learn everything you need to know in order to pass bis class. he has 3 test and and exam. for the exam it just like one of his other test but worth 50% and an take home essay is worth the other 50%. MEMORIZE YOUR NOTES WORD FOR WORD. i made the mistake and got a 38 on 1st test. 89-2nd 97-3rd 99-exam.
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