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Charles Phillips
Professor (2009 – 2011)
Middle Tennessee (MTSU)
History (MTSU and RODP)
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Rated by 68 students
2.08
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across 2 classes
Fall Term 2015 Schedule
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5*****
HIST 2010 - US History I
READ THE TEXT AND GO TO CLASS!!! He lets you know whent the quizzes are going to be and what chapters they'll be over, so if you read them, you'll be fine. The tests, however, are strictly over lecture and he doesn't provide a review. So if you mi...
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Professor rated by: Student on 5/19/06
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HIST 2010 - US History I
"Bueller....... Bueller," is about the sound you hear when he first calls roll in that class. It's a good indication to turn and run away, perhaps, find a different professor. Really old fashioned. Doesn't allow students to wear caps and bandanas in ...
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Professor rated by: Student on 5/6/08
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HIST 2010
US History I
5*****
READ THE TEXT AND GO TO CLASS!!! He lets you know whent the quizzes are going to be and what chapters they'll be over, so if you read them, you'll be fine. The tests, however, are strictly over lecture and he doesn't provide a review. So if you miss a day, make sure to get the notes from a friend. Dr. Phillips is the best History professor I have ever had. I was scared to death of his class, because I had heard how tough he is. Plus, I'm awful at History, but he made the subject more interesting. I actually retained some of the information, too. He's wonderful, and I'd suggest for everyone to take a class with him at some point.



Exams: They were pretty tough, but as long as you study, you should be fine. I recommend studying in groups. I usually don't do that, but for this class, it saved me from getting bad grades. I wouldn't have done nearly as well without my study partners.



Homework: A lot of reading for the quizzes and studying before tests, but that's all.



Textbook: The Amreican Promise was a good text. It has plenty of pictures and maps to give your mind a break between sections. The Oates book we used had very good information in it, and since it's a collection of essays, you get to read different styles of writing (which I really liked), but if you just look at the pages, there are just a bunch of tiny words and that makes the chapters last forever sometimes.
Professor rated by: Student on May 19, 2006
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HIST 2010
US History I
5*****
Dr. Phillips is awesome. I kind of got a bad impression at first because he comes off a little old school but I warmed up to him quickly. He is a brilliant man and a wonderful orator, which always made lectures less painful. Also, I really liked that he encouraged the class to be aware of what is going on in the world around them and make educated political choices. Overall, as long as you show him some respect and do the assigned reading you should be fine.



Exams: The tests were pretty extensive and completely over the lectures, so don't expect to do very well if you don't come to class. On the second test we took this semester there were a handful of questions that weren't on the study guide so I would recommend going over your notes and your reading extensively instead of just relying on the study guide.



Homework: Lots of reading and some online videos.



Textbook: You cannot survive in this course without the textbook. Overall, the textbook was well-written and pretty interesting, though it sometimes skipped back and forth chronologically, which made things a little confusing. Also, there was a supplementary book called Presidential Anecdotes that basically told stories about the personalities of the Presidents rather than just what they did in office. I thought it was interesting and not that expensive.
Professor rated by: Student on December 9, 2008
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HIST 2020
US History II
5*****
I have greatly enjoyed Dr. Phillips' classes. I took him for 2010 and I liked him so much that I took him for 2020 as well. He is very passionate about what he teaches, which makes him extremely interesting. I learned so much in his class, but didn't have to stress about it. Dr. Phillips is always respectful, even when students were being rude or just plain stupid. He is a funny guy- it just takes a little while to get used to his sense of humor. I was surprised at how enjoyable these two history classes have been, and I am sad that I will not have Dr. Phillips for anymore classes. I highly recommend him to everyone.



Exams: There are only 2 tests and a final. There are no papers to write in his class! If you pay attention in class and study, there is no reason not to do well on the tests. He doesn't require a whole lot of memorization of dates and stuff. You just have to be really familiar with what he goes over in lecture.



Homework: There are reading assignments everyday, and once a week there is a quiz over an assignment. You don't really have to read except for the quizes.



Textbook: There are two textbooks, both of which are expensive, so try to get them used. You need them to read for the weekly quizes.
Professor rated by: Student on May 19, 2004
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HIST 2010
US History I
3***
"Bueller....... Bueller," is about the sound you hear when he first calls roll in that class. It's a good indication to turn and run away, perhaps, find a different professor. Really old fashioned. Doesn't allow students to wear caps and bandanas in his class. Really boring, and his notes are poor. They are barely helpful when it comes to studying for tests and exams. Here's the best part... he talks down to his students. He asks everyone a question, then makes people feel dumb when they throw an answer out there. If you do take his class, take a tape recorder, because that's the only way you can catch what he's saying. So, if you want to be talked down to or put to sleep, or you hate wearing hats, I'd say take this class.



Exams: Tests were bullsh*t. Had hardly any relation to the study guides he handed out



Textbook: google was more useful.
Professor rated by: Student on May 6, 2008
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HIST 2010
US History I
5*****
Dr. Phillips cares about his students, which seems to be rare here at MTSU. He is older and knows his material well. He has lots of relevant anectodes, some interesting and helpful for recalling information for exams. He gave quizzes each week, which were based on reading the textbook. His class wasn't easy, and required lots of reading. It also requires good attention and note taking during class, in order to excel on exams. I was happy that he controlled the classroom better than most. He is an "old school" instructor and doesn't allow texting or talking during class. Right on! While he wasn't always interesting to listen to, I learned more in his class, than most of my others, despite my indifference to history. I will try to get him for Hist 2020 when I take it.



Textbook: Boring but necessary for quizzes.
Professor rated by: Student on September 11, 2010
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HIST 2010
US History I
2**
This could be the worst class i've ever taken. I could not keep focused during class because his lectures were so boring. He can be very rude to students, and his rules were stupid (ex, you are not allowed to wear hats in class). I do NOT recommend taking his class unless you just dont care about attending or your grades...



Exams: His multiple choice questions were very detailed and not very clear. The Matching questions were very general and could match with multiple answers...very hard



Homework: Reading chapters and taking quizes over them...No matter how much you read, the quizzes are still hard and i only passed maybe one third of them...



Textbook: BORING
Professor rated by: Student on April 24, 2007
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HIST 2020
US History II
4****
Pros: No papers
Cons: Tricky T/F and multiple choice exams.
Professor rated by: Physical Education Student on April 27, 2011
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HIST 2010
US History I
4****
Dr. Phillips is like a lot of history teachers. Just plain boring. He can also be condescending toward students and goes nuts when he hears a cell phone. Turn them off before class, that all I have to say. He also rants about stuff we're not supposed to be studying. Politics then and now, religion, etc. Its really annoying, and he does tend to go over class time.



Exams: There were two during the semester, and the last was the final exam. They were all way too long because they covered too much material and it isn't possible to remember or retain all that information when you have other classes and things going on in your life. The final was even harder because you had to know everything from day one.



Homework: a LOT of reading. no kidding. And there were online quizzes every few days.



Textbook: The chapters are too long and the print is too small. We actually had two textbooks. One was highschool style, and one was essay style about different people or events in history. I barely touched that one, and I gave up on the other one halfway through. You NEED to read them for the quizzes. That is why I made a B, I failed most of the quizzes because I didn't read. Make sure you have no distractions when you read the books.
Professor rated by: Student on January 11, 2006
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HIST 2010
US History I
5*****
Dr. Phillips is both a fantastic lecturer and a courteous gentleman. He teaches history from more than just a name/date perspective. His class deals with the motivations and repercussions of the events in our history. He is undoubtedly one of my favorite professors. I would highly recommend this class to anyone who is interested in getting an education and an in-depth understanding of American history and our culture as a whole.



Exams: The material covered on the test is pulled directly from the lectures. It is beneficial to come to class every day and take thorough notes. The tests require some studying, but if you are willing to listen in class, review your notes, and work on the study guide he generally provides before the tests, you can easily succeed.



Homework: Dr. Phillips administers 12 quizzes and counts the 10 highest grades of those quizzes. Each quiz is based on an assigned passage from the textbook. Some quizzes were tough, but an overall high average isn't difficult to achieve if you do the reading.



Textbook: I enjoyed this textbook. It covered the material in a thorough and interesting manner. In fact, it was one of the few books I did not sell back to the bookstore at the end of the semester.
Professor rated by: Student on May 22, 2008
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HIST 2020
US History II
5*****
One the first day of class, Dr. Phillips promises that at the end of the semester you will walk out of the room saying "hey, I really learned something and I halfway enjoyed that class." Well, I took him for two different semesters and I can tell you that I definately learned more than anyother history class and I really enjoyed his class. At first, he is going to come off like a hard-up jerk.. but dont let him scare you.. He is an AWESOME professor. You can really tell that he enjoys history and he enjoys teaching it. That really makes a difference. I would definatly recommend him to any student!



Exams: Dr. Phillips gives out a study sheet on the first day of class. USE IT!!! If you go through the semester and just identify these terms you will be golden. As far as the exams.. They are pretty fair.. pretty straight forward as long as you know the material. He does not try to trick you.



Homework: No homework except for reading your books and he gives one extra credit assignment that is out of class. A film or book review and his films are pretty good.



Textbook: He has a textbook and an essay book. You have to read because he gives a reading quiz each week.
Professor rated by: Student on May 1, 2004
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HIST 2020
US History II
5*****
Dr. Phillips is a wonderful teacher. The reading may seem tedious at times, but most of our quizzes over the reading were on pipeline so if you were unsure of an answer to a question you did have the chance to look it up. The class is an all lecture class with an outline on the overhead. I have never enjoyed History probably because of the fact that I always had a football coach teaching it, but this semester Dr. Phillips proved to me that History can be interesting if the right person is teaching it. He truly enjoys teaching history and believes that we as students should be aware of the history that is being made around us. I will definitely take another one of his history classes.



Homework: Reading out of two books



Textbook: You must have the textbooks! The ones my class used were America: A Narrative HIstory (Brief 5th ed., vol 2) By Tindall and Shi and Portrait of America (8th ed., vol.2), edited by Oates. These two books are surprisingly easy to read the Tindall book is a summary book and I think that is why it was so easy to read, and the Oates book are essays written by other people so it is almost like reading a story rather than history.
Professor rated by: Student on March 21, 2003
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HIST 2010
US History I
4****
I really didn't like Doctor Phillips. He was a pretty drab professor but his class wasn't that bad. If you can just grin and bear his sometimes crazy remarks you should be able to do fine in his class. Also, don't miss any classes. He gives you extra credit if you don't miss more than 2 days.



Exams: The tests were kind of hard but one way to pass everytime is to study the identification terms. Go online, go to webct, and print out the 11 page identification terms. THEY REALLY HELP A GREAT DEAL. The third test is the final and it counts for 200 points instead of 100. If you fail the final you fail all together. But if you STUDY THE IDENTIFICATION TERMS you will pass no problem.



Homework: There were quizzes online periodically. There are 13 in all and they each have 10 questions. Doctor Phillips will drop your 3 lowest quizzes. All of your quizzes together add up to be the same as 1 regular test grade.



Textbook: READ, READ, READ! Seriously. Read, please. It's a lot more interesting than hearing it from him, even though the book isn't great, it will ensure an A on your quizzes and help you understand what he's talking about in class.
Professor rated by: Student on December 19, 2006
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HIST 2010
US History I
4****
this class is hard. i definitely would not recommend him either. especially if this is for a gen ed requirement. keep reading reviews and only take dr. phillips if you absolutely have to. we usually had to read at least 20 pages and take 10 question quizzes on them that were not easy by any means. also, don't take him if you like being treated like an adult. if you don't know something he thinks is "common sense" he laughs and he also tells you all these classes that you need to take for you to become an educated person. as if graduating with a diploma will not make you educated. he was very rude and not interesting in the least. i DO NOT recommend dr. phillips.



Exams: the tests were on the material covered in the class. pretty much all of the questions were directly from the notes given during his lectures.



Homework: read read read. then took 12 quizzes on the reading and he dropped the 2 lowest. these quizzes were rediculously hard. he said as long as you read, you will do just fine. i probably averaged a 60-70 on them and if that's just fine then...
Professor rated by: Student on December 14, 2007
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HIST 2020
US History II
5*****
Phillips is a professor who knows his material. In all honesty, you will have to take good notes, and read all the material he gives from the book. If not, you will not do well on the tests. Since there are only 3 tests including the final, they are weighted heavily. Also, he doesn't give any reviews, so find a buddy in the class if you miss a day. If you miss so many days, he'll start taking letter grades off of your final average. He loves to get sidetracked with politics, (he doesn't seem to care for republicans/conservatives/Bush lol) That's pretty much it. He's not too bad if you do what he assigns.



Exams: Two tests counted 20% each of final grade, and final exam counted 40%.



Homework: Lots of reading, almost every night. There were quizzes almost every class as well, like 14 or so and he dropped your lowest few, took the average, and that was the other 20% of your grade.



Textbook: There were 2, both sort of nontraditional. There was reading from them almost every night. One book was like articles, it wasn't your basic history book.
Professor rated by: Student on August 17, 2005
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HIST 2010
US History I
3***
He was an okay teacher. He was very boring and would sometimes get very off topic. At times he was hard to understand. He's a pretty old man. He also is pretty old school. No hats, talking, or cell phones are allowing in the class. He is quick to call you out on doing something wrong. If you get on his good side you do much better in the course. He LOVES class participation.



Exams: If you study the information you can do good on the test. You just have to drill every single tid bit of information in your head. He asks very detailed questions on the test. The fill in the blank can be rather confusing as well. There is no word bank and some were hard to tell what they were, especially with people.



Homework: We had quizes pretty much before every class online. They were VERY difficult. He puts a very strict time limit on them and the time gets shorter as the semester goes on.



Textbook: You must have the book for the quizes and also for studying for the tests.
Professor rated by: Student on November 17, 2008
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HIST 2010
US History I
2**
BE PREPARED!!! he likes to go off on tangents about other cultural and historical things, so either load up on caffeine to stay awake (if you aren't interested) or find a way to become interested in it. personally, i don't like listening to 15 minutes of religious history in an american history class, especially when i'm not understanding the stuff to begin with. i have to retake the class because i did so bad in the class. if history is not your thing, get another teacher.



Exams: some of the questions seemed like they were pulled out of a chicken's ass. they made no sense, even though i had done most of the reading and went over the notes.



Homework: reading the chapters for the daily quiz. for some quizzes, i bs'd my way through it and got a decent grade.



Textbook: the american promise book is long. go to waffle house and drink plenty of coffee so you can stay up and get through the chapter, especially if you aren't interested in history like i am.
Professor rated by: Student on January 8, 2004
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HIST 2020
US History II
4****
I am sure he is a good man deep down. he is boring as hell!!! He is very uncompromising and it was a struggle for me to stay awake in his class. I would not advise taking him to anyone. He lectures everyday and if u miss a class you have to get the notes from someone cause it WILL be on the test. If you are filling a general requirement...take somebody else cause it is a struggle coming to this class everyday.



Exams: His tests were very hard. I studied for a long time and i barely managed to pull a b. He is always right no matter how many times you prove him wrong. I sat there and pointed out one of the answers to his test and he basically told me the text book was wrong. He is very uncompromising.



Homework: just reading out of one of the 2 books. You are supposed to read an assignment every night but you only have to read the night before a quiz. He never discusses what was supposed to be read.



Textbook: Without the books, you'll fail the course.
Professor rated by: Student on December 5, 2003
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HIST 2010
US History I
5*****
Most of the reviews on here are show his class as being the worst history class you could take. The only reason most people find him to be a terrible teacher is because they do not want to actually put forth any effort. I am taking him again next semester for 2020 and I am sure I will enjoy him just as much as I did this semester. He actually teaches you and you actually have to do work in his class. Thats what your in college for.



Exams: His tests really make you think. You actually have to study for them which most students find to be such an inconvienance. He gave 2 major tests and then of course the final exam which was over the whole semester. Quizes were given over the reading.



Homework: The only homework we ever had was the reading assignment which is crucial if you want to pass the quizes.



Textbook: The main textbook was really boring but it is required. The second one that you use further into the semester was actually pretty comical.
Professor rated by: Student on December 11, 2008
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HIST 2020
US History II
3***
This class was extremely boring to me. If this wasnt a general requirement I would have never taken it. I have nothing against History... it was just the professor. The guy was mean to few select students. For example one class day in perticular he called out on a girl to come talk to him at his podium, and he told her she acted like she was 3 years old, in front of everyone. very dispespectful. He also kicked that same girl out of his class. He just needs to learn how to not embarass people and think about thier feelings too. Rude... IF you can help it GET ANOTHER PROFESSOR



Exams: The tests are VERY hard. he give alot of notes but be sure to read text. Alot of test questions come from notes but he makes you study like 4 chapters or more each test. It equals out to ALOT of notes



Homework: NONE



Textbook: There is alot of reading you have to do i mean ALOT. YOu will be assinged to read like 2 chapters a week but the chapters are 30 pages long!!!
Professor rated by: Student on January 11, 2006
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HIST 2010
US History I
4****
i dont like history but i will say i learned a lot about it in this class but i did not like going and you have to go i did not care for this professor that much but if you like history you will probably get something out of it



Exams: you had to study for the test he gives you everything you need to know on them in class but you have to go cause most of the test our over his lectures and he goes through everything really fast i always brought my computer to take notes cause its a lot to have to write down there is a lot of information he gives you



Homework: quizzes over the book and you had to read the material i hated the quizzes because the book was so boring to me but usually you had to take a quiz online once a week before the class time but if you did good it could help your grade but if you dont read you probably wont do good on them



Textbook: you have to have the textbook to read the chapters for the quizzes
Professor rated by: Student on May 10, 2010
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