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Stephen Berry
Professor (2008 – 2015)
Georgia (UGA)
History
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4.4583****
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Rated by 48 students
2.75
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across 3 classes
Fall 2015 Schedule
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HIST 2111
HIST 4072
HIST 4960H
HIST 4990
HIST 4990H
HIST 8060
HIST 8112
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HIST 2111
American History to 1865
5*****
Pros: As long as you go to class and take notes you'll be fine. Everything on the tests come straight from the notes. You don't need to use the book at all. But he makes it interesting and doesn't just ramble on.
Cons: He can kind of go through things fast but he doesn't expect you to know every single piece of information that he tells you. There's only two tests so make sure you study.
Professor rated by: Undeclared Student on April 19, 2011
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HIST 2111
American History to 1865
4****
Pros: Taking history is not easy, but if you have to take it I would recommend Dr. Berry. He is so interested and passionate about the topics he talks about. You never get bored in class. No papers, just a weekly write-up for breakouts on Fridays.
Cons: He doesn't wear a microphone in a big speech class and he talks very quickly making it difficult to get all the notes. Also, his tests are very difficult, but not impossible if you devote a lot of time to studying. There are only two tests, a mid-term and a final, plus your breakout grades so it is difficult to make an A in this class.
Professor rated by: Undeclared Student on May 2, 2011
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HIST 2111
American History to 1865
4****
Going to lectures means you don't have to read the book, although it does help in understanding some of his more abstract themes. 10 reaction papers throughout the semester, although he changes it around (the original ten was turned to 12 and only the 8 best were calculated into the final grad). When studying for the test, make sure you can say WHO, WHERE, WHEN, SIGNIFICANCE and CONTEXT on the study sheets.
Professor rated by: Political Science Student on November 10, 2009
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HIST 4072
The Civil War Period of American History
5*****
Pros: Awesome professor, really makes the Civil War come alive.
Cons: Midterm and Final are pretty intensive, prepare to write your hand off.
TAKE NOTES ON EVERY SINGLE THING HE SAYS. You will need to know it. Also, outside-of-class study groups kept me afloat in this class; I'd suggest you try to do this with this class and every other upper level history class, for that matter.
Professor rated by: History Student on June 17, 2011
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HIST 2111
American History to 1865
5*****
One of the best history teachers I've ever had. Really enthusiastic and engaging. His exams are hard and the TAs aren't always the best but it's worth it. He's very passionate about the Civil War and has written several books. Very smart and funny and all-around awesome.
Professor rated by: French Student on October 27, 2009
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HIST 4072
The Civil War Period of American History
5*****
Pros: The best lecturer I have had at UGA. Engaging, funny, and really knows the material inside out. He's awesome.
Cons: He has a specific testing/grading style, but once you get it down it's an easy A for history majors. Recommend being a strong writer if you are going to take this class
Professor rated by: History Student on July 30, 2011
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HIST 2111
American History to 1865
5*****
Pros: Great lecturer, hilarious!

No textbook

Reading for entire semester is only 3 books

Final isn't cumulative
Cons: TAs grade your tests and essays, so it matters who your TA is
I would HIGHLY suggest taking Berry for HIST 2111. First off, he is an extremely engaging lecturer. I was never really bored in his class. He is also hilarious and will make you laugh every day of class. Also, there is no textbook required or readings you must do for the exams. The exams come straight from the lectures, and he posts study guides online. An A is definitely manageable in this class as long as you prepare for the exams. We had to read 3 books outside of class that we had in-class essays on, but the books were actually really interesting (except Walden by Thoreau) plus he posts study questions online for them as well. Also, the final is not cumulative. Take Berry! You won't regret it.
Professor rated by: Mathematics Student on April 29, 2012
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HIST 2111
American History to 1865
5*****
Pros: I put 5 stars for Dr. Berry himself because he's easily the best history professor I've ever had. Lectures are great and very interesting.
Cons: Weekly readings and writings take FOREVER! And if you get a hard TA (ahem Leah Richier ahem) then your screwed. The TA's grade your "Qube" sheets each week and she is tough as nails. They also grade your exam and shoot to get an 80 average so your bound not to get an A, a B at best.
If you could just find out where his lectures are and attend them and then take the placement exam for history you would find yourself probably testing out of history without the HOURS UPON HOURS UPON HOURS of intro history busy-work. I spent 10+ hours studying for each of 2 exams and still couldn't get a B. THeres way too many possibilities for questions and way too much writing on the exams. So hard.
Professor rated by: Biotechnology Student on April 28, 2011
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HIST 4072
The Civil War Period of American History
5*****
I don't know why the ratings covered projects for a History class?? But Prof. Berry is AWESOME! In Civil War, he does have very, very detailed information covered in lecture and in the text that you are required to know for the midterm and cumulative final--so you will have to study a lot--BUT he does curve his tests considerably and is very fair (almost too fair) when it comes to that. His lectures are interesting, his attendance policy is not strict (but you should go to class to make sure you get all the information you need for the tests--he's tricky about that), and he really TRULY CARES about his students.
Professor rated by: History Student on April 23, 2011
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HIST 2111
American History to 1865
4****
Pros: One of my favorite professors at UGA! His lectures were always so interesting and he has a great passion for history. There are easier professors in the department, but in a subject like history that people either love or hate, Dr. Berry will make it much more tolerable.
Cons: There are 10 reaction papers from the readings due throughout the semester. It seemed excessive, especially since there were so many short answer/essay questions on the exams. Exams were difficult, but depending on your TA, you could be granted more credit than other students.
Professor rated by: Nursing Student on May 25, 2011
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HIST 2111
American History to 1865
5*****
Pros: Berry is engaging. He only gives the relevant information--no fluff. He really knows what he's talking about and tests you over the material you hear in his class and what is discussed in breakout. Breakout was nice so you could have any questions answered and a small environment in a large lecture class. The readings and Qube sheets due every Friday at breakout were completely doable and relevant. The Qube sheets, breakout, and class really helped me be successful on tests.
Cons: You never know what breakout TA you're going to get.
Take it!
Professor rated by: English Student on October 17, 2012
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HIST 2111
American History to 1865
5*****
Dr. Berry is an engaging lecturer. The course load (four in-class writing assignments, a midterm, and a final) seems scary, but it is very manageable. The test are really easy if you do the study guides. The in-class essays make up the majority of your grade, but the lowest one is dropped. The exams are easy if you do the study guide. He does not test you know material that isn't found on the study guides. Participate in breakout sessions (don't just sit there). Your grades come down to your TA.
Professor rated by: Mathematics Student on January 7, 2017
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HIST 2111
American History to 1865
5*****
Pros: He understands the material and presents it in a fluid movement. Also he is entertaining as a lecturer so he keeps the students engaged.
Cons: There is a lot of reading, but its a history class so that is expected. Also there is a weekly writing topic due but it is only a page every week.
Overall the class is great, it's required for most majors and he does a great job of keeping people engaged that may not have a huge interest in history.
Professor rated by: Economics Student on April 8, 2011
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HIST 2111
American History to 1865
5*****
Pros: HE IS HYSTERICAL. I was dreading having to take history but he's so stinking funny. GO TO CLASS. I literally take down every word he says and throw it back down on the test and I have an A. Good notes is key though. Three tests (final is third test, not cumulative), all essay and short answer. No breakout session!
Cons: All writings are in class, lots of supplementary books throughout the course.
Professor rated by: Psychology Student on April 25, 2012
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HIST 2111
American History to 1865
5*****
Pros: Berry KNOWS his stuff. He is also very funny and presents the lectures in an easy to follow manner. His tests are also straight from the lecture.
Cons: The TAs are grade very hard. I would study for days and still be lucky to get a high B.
He curved the final grade, however, which makes up for the TAs difficult. I got an A. I would take him! Just don't be intimidated by the grades you may get.
Professor rated by: Education Student on May 15, 2012
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HIST 2111
American History to 1865
4****
Pros: He is a great teacher and keeps his classes very entertaining. I go on a tuesday thursday and the classes are long but he never makes it seem that way!
Cons: the TA's grade everything, so it doesn't matter if he is a good teacher, you just have to get lucky with your TA. Oh and there is a lot of reading.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND HIS CLASS
Professor rated by: Education Student on February 13, 2012
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HIST 2111
American History to 1865
4****
Pros: breakout assignments really connect you to what you're learning, lectures are easy to listen to
Cons: 2 tests (midterm and final) for 50% of your grade, with breakout being the other 50%

Dr. Berry talks very quickly
Dr. Berry was definitely the best history teacher I've ever had. He's very engaging and enthusiastic.
Professor rated by: Biology Student on May 3, 2011
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HIST 4072
The Civil War Period of American History
5*****
Pros: So funny, and he really is cool and likes the students.
Cons: KNOW THE 4 THEMES OF THE COURES, ITS ON EVERY EXAM!!!
Great professor (had civil war with him). He's brilliant, and knows his stuff! Talks very fast so bring your laptop, and calls himself the "Lincoln-est loving 'mo-fo'" Its great!
Professor rated by: Marketing Student on November 7, 2011
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HIST 2111
American History to 1865
4****
Pros: He tells interesting stories to make lectures more interesting

Cons: There are weekly readings that can sometimes be long and dry



There is only the midterm and the final so you have to do well to do well in class
If you go to class and listen to his stories you will do well on test
Professor rated by: History Student on May 20, 2011
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HIST 2111
American History to 1865
5*****
Pros: Take Dr. Berry. He is so passionate about history, which makes you get into it. I hated history before I took his class, but I love it now.
Cons: Tests are all writing, but if you do the review sheets and don't procrastinate then you will do great.
Best history professor ever!
Professor rated by: Business Student on April 18, 2012
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