March 20, 2006

Pious, Richard Silver_nugget
Crisis of Authority (FY Seminar)

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

I have to say, that this class was my favorite class last semester. It had absolutely nothing to do with the readings, since I'm not a big fan of Socrates or Plato but I have to say that Prof Pious is one of the most intelligent people I think I have ever met. I came from high school getting straight A's on every AP english lit paper and teacher then wasn't an easy grader. But, seriously, you will wish that you still had your high school english teacher grading your essays. Prof Pious does not BS and he will tell you when your writing sucks and when you are writing like a high schooler and when you're not thinking. He won't just tell you that you are smart and for that I highly respect him. He encourages you to write like a real writer and not some cheesy "thesis statement" essayist. He really improved my writing and gave me a whole new perspective on writing in general. We read essays from "The New Yorker" and "The Atlantic Monthly" and he encouraged us to write our own papers so that it was of that caliber (where people actually read it and remembered it). He's very meticulous about writing style (he loves the MLA Handbook). He encourages class discussion - actually he insists upon it and he is quite comfortable just staring at you until you say something. He was a bit intimidating at first, but I really loved this class and I think it had everything to do with the professor.

Workload:

4 papers, reading assignments from various journals and magazines...Go to office hours -He doesn't seem as intense as he does during class.