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Justus Hartzok
(History/ Philosophy)


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Subject: Very Good  (Oct 27 2014, 10:54AM)
Student: Anonymous ()
Class:HIS 105 (--)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 I don't personally find history classes to be interesting, but he made class feel like story time which was awesome. It's very important to go to the class because everything is based on his lectures. Don't buy the text book, I didn't use it once but we used the other two books for papers.
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Subject: Passionate Speaker, Manageable Class  (Jan 20 2011, 09:50PM)
Student: Jarrett Voight (Art - Concentration in Computer Graphics)
Class:World History I (A)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Dr Hartzok is passionate and excited about the subject he teaches. As a lecture class, this element is particularly crucial. He speaks with a loud, clear voice so it is hard to miss what he has to say. While he offers presentations, which he also makes available on D2L, the most important content in the course is what he has to say. While you'll use the Human Record from time to time, he does not follow the Voyages book, so unless you want it for reference, you should be able to save some money there.
He encourages questions and discussion, and I'd recommend taking any opportunity to ask a related question so that you can be personally invested in the lecture. He'll try to make History interesting, whether that means elaborating on something as a story, or using a popular topic to draw your attention (eg: talking about 300 during Greek History). However, its mostly up to you whether you want to get truly involved in this class. Most importantly, he wants you to pay attention. If you follow the lecture and ask questions, he'll be very pleased, but if you fall asleep or disrupt the class and he may ask you to leave.
The workload is very manageable. There are a handful of quizzes, where you spend ten minutes writing a detailed paragraph or two on a primary source, a paper on the Song of Roland, a midterm, and a final. Get used to writing, especially for the midterm, because all answers involve several sentences at least and the midterm may not give you much time to write them. Your answers must be detailed but they don't have to be flowery. The quizzes are very helpful in teaching you how to write under a time constraint, and what he expects.
When he grades your work, he is looking for proof that you know what you're talking about. The only time you need a little bit more than an understanding is the dates for the identifications, so use the study guide and try to remember at least a few dates. Take good notes based on the lecture (not the outline) and it should be easy.
The class does not demand much, and the professor is very approachable whether you have questions or even just to chat. I spoke to him every day after class and visited during office hours. Between the class time and the time spent individually with the professor I found his class to be a very rewarding experience. If I had not scheduled into the Honors class, I would take him for World History II.
When you schedule your classes, you probably will not see him on the list because he's an adjunct. If you plan on taking Dr Hartzok your best bet is to look for any class which is marked H. Staff, then double check with him when he finds out which periods he is teaching.
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Subject: Good prof., but all lecture  (Jan 05 2010, 01:26PM)
Student: Anonymous (Sociology)
Class:World History I (B+)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Hartzok really tried to make class interesting with stories about the history we were learning. Some of them were interesting, but it was mainly all lecture for an hour and 15 mins. The class consists of maybe four reading quizzes that if you read ten mins before class you're fine. The paper is semi-difficult, I thought the prompt was unclear. You dont have to buy all three books, just envisioning women and the book the quizzes are from. We had two tests, the midterm and final. They consisted of identification, short answers, and one essay. He gives all of the terms and questions but he picks a small amount of them. He was always available for extra help though. Overall, he was a great and easy professor.
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Subject: Strait forward and easy to understand  (Oct 20 2009, 10:22AM)
Student: Anonymous (Sociology)
Class:World History I (A-)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 I really enjoyed Dr Hartzok's class. It was an 8 class but he came with lots of energy and his quizzes on primary source documents were very up-ended making high grades very easy. His tests did require some studying but were reasonable. His a really nice guy too.
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Subject: Not Bad All In All  (Dec 16 2008, 03:28PM)
Student: Anonymous (English)
Class:World History I (B+)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 I can't say I have a strong opinion about Professor Hartzok. There is little extraordinary about the man or his class. Hartzok himself is clearly passionate about his subject, and is very well informed on all matters in his class. While he sometimes comes off a little strange or nerdy, all things considered he is a nice guy, very approachable. He had one angry outburst when a guy fell asleep, but aside from that pet peeve of his he is a pretty cool guy. He cares about his class and doesn't afraid of anything.
Hartzok's class primarily consists of two papers and two tests. There is also a supposed participation grade, but there weren't many places to participate. The tests are fairly simple: you are presented with 40 terms, 8 paragraph prompts and 4 page-long prompts. 9, 4 and 2 are on the test, and you respond to 3, 2 and 1 respectively. The only issue is that the grading is entirely subjective- I was given a 8/10 on every answered prompt with no real explanation on both tests. Same with the papers- both 5-page papers based off of one source with a relatively vague prompt. I got 'B's on those as well, again with virtually no explanation more than "elaborate" or "explain more".
I can't complain much about this guy, but the directives were vague and I couldn't find enough constructive criticism to improve. If you don't mind this, and the class coming down to only 4 assignments, I would recommend Professor Hartzok. Take notes and study off the study guides and a 'B' is reasonable to expect.
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Subject: World history 1  (Nov 07 2008, 07:55PM)
Student: Anonymous (business)
Class:World history 1 (B)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Hartzok is kinda weird and I wouldn't suggest falling asleep but overall hes pretty easy and teaches the material. His lectures are a bit random and jump around a lot from subject to subject but it doesn't really matter since he gives out a study guide with everything on it for major exams. He grades papers and essays pretty easily as long as you have a couple interesting things to say you'll be rewarded. I didn't really enjoy his class but it wasn't much work and I did well so I can't complain that much.
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Subject: TAKE HIM!!  (Nov 03 2008, 01:09PM)
Student: Anonymous (Psychology)
Class:History 1 (A-)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 I Love Professor Hartzok. His class can be boring at times, but if you take notes it goes by easy. He is very nice and you only have to worry about 2 papers, midterm, and final. He gives review sheets and is very helpful with questions! I didn't even read the book we had to write our first paper on and got an A-. Seriously, TAKE HIS CLASS!
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Subject: pretty easy  (Oct 23 2008, 12:51PM)
Student: nate (mgt)
Class:hist. 105 (--)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 He's a very easy professor, uses powerpoint slides for whole class. Does get boring but they are easy to study from when taking tests. So far first paper wasn't bad, just make sure you read all the directions. Haven't had a quiz or test yet, just mid-term, final, and like 2 papers for the class.
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Negative Comments (1)

Subject: Dont take him  (Oct 28 2009, 12:05PM)
Student: Anonymous (Psychology)
Class:History (B)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 This teacher is weird and seems like the guy that would look through windows at night. He is very passionate about history though as he seems thats all he does. He will have an angry outburst if you're asleep or have your phone so dont do it. Since he's very passionate about his work of course all he does is talk the whole class... thats why I think he doesn't give much work because it will take time away from him talking about history all class. At the end of class it seems like he doesnt want to stop teaching you... even if it's friday he will just try and keep going when class is over. I suggest you take someone else and never be alone with this [] guy.
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Subject: No Complaints  (Oct 21 2011, 05:18AM)
Student: Nick (Bio)
Class:World History 1 (B+)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Hartzok is a really good professor. His class is one of the easiest I took here. He will assign a midterm and a final as the major grades in the course. The best part is they are completely separate. As in once you're done with the first half of the material you can forget it for the final. He also gives you a study guide with the exact questions on the test about 2-3 weeks before the exam. However his class feels like its straight out of the 8th grade. No cell phones, cant be late, no laptops, or you will be kicked out of class. He also has an annoying habit of giving pop-quizzes on days he knows no one will show up for class like right before break. He will continue to give pop quizzes if he notices attendance is low as well. Which is good if you go to every single class.
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Subject: overall okay  (May 15 2009, 08:21PM)
Student: Anonymous (Elementary Edu.)
Class:World History II (A-)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Prof. Hartzok is a super nice guy...a bit geeky, and very passionate about what he teaches *especially the soviet union* but he is extremely approachable and if you ever email him about a grade or class or anything, he emails you back really fast. The downside to him was that his class got extremely boring and the last couple of weeks...to be honest I barely went. He posts ALL of his slides on blackboard and the day before a test he offers a review. GO TO THE REVIEWS!!! He literally will tell you things that will or won't be on the test! There are 2 tests and 2 papers that he grades fairly easy. So it is an easy class with a nice guy, but it can get very boring.
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