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with James Fitzsimmons7 months ago

Prof. Fitzsimmons is amazing. He's a nerdy guy and cracks himself up which always cracks me up. His lectures are thoughtfully planned out and it's clear he both knows bucketloads about archaeology and also loves teaching it. The class is super accommodating and feels like even if you don't know a lot about archaeology you can learn a lot. Lab sections are super fun, maybe the biggest draw to the class but they have been cancelled more than I would have hoped. Just goes to show how fun they are though...

Prof. Fitzsimmons is amazing. He's a nerdy guy and cracks himself up which always cracks me up. His lectures are thoughtfully planned out and it's clear he both knows bucketloads about archaeology and also loves teaching it. The class is super accommodating and feels like even if you don't know a lot about archaeology you can learn a …Read more

Chill and RelaxedFair Grading
2hrs / week Low difficulty High value Would take again
with James Fitzsimmons7 months ago

This class is entirely a lecture structure minus the discussion section which works out because Fitzsimmons is a really good lecturer. His passion is contagious and he consistently makes class lighthearted and interactive by playing music from the culture of the time or asking questions about our personal experiences with different sites. The essays and exams are fairly easily graded and it's not hard to do well in the class as long as you take notes in lectures and understand the general concepts of the readings.

This class is entirely a lecture structure minus the discussion section which works out because Fitzsimmons is a really good lecturer. His passion is contagious and he consistently makes class lighthearted and interactive by playing music from the culture of the time or asking questions about our personal experiences with different s …Read more

Chill and RelaxedConstant ReadingEasy Grading
3hrs / week Low difficulty Very high value Would take again
with James Fitzsimmons7 months ago

Professor Fitzsimmons clearly loves this topic, he is always extremely enthusiastic and excited while teaching. It is a large class, so the lecture can sometimes be a little boring, but the discussion sections are the opposite. These often have fun activities, or are more engaging because the student to teacher ratio is so much lower. As for assignments, there are readings every week, but you can easily get by just skimming them right before the discussion section. There are three papers, which seem to be graded pretty lightly. And there is a midterm and a final which are half multiple choice and half timed essay. He gives review sheets before the exams, so if you review the terms they aren't too bad. Anyways I would definitely take another one of his classes.

Professor Fitzsimmons clearly loves this topic, he is always extremely enthusiastic and excited while teaching. It is a large class, so the lecture can sometimes be a little boring, but the discussion sections are the opposite. These often have fun activities, or are more engaging because the student to teacher ratio is so much lower …Read more

Chill and RelaxedFair Grading
2hrs / week Low difficulty Above average value Would take again
with James Fitzsimmons6 months ago

I enjoyed taking this course, and I appreciated Prof. Fitzsimmons' enthusiasm of and knowledge of the subject. The class was very easy, only really consisting of three 3-page essays, an in-class midterm (multiple choice and an essay question,) and a self-scheduled final exam. I found the midterm challenging, and would definitely recommend studying well. There are also weekly readings from two different textbooks, but these are only really used for the essays and exams. Even though the Friday class is technically a discussion, I think you would be able to get by just fine without doing all of the readings. This class is not a part of my major/minor, and I chose it only to fill my schedule. It has been one of the easier classes I have taken at Midd, and I would recommend it if you're looking for a chill class. I will say, however, that I had hoped that this class would focus more on archaeologic methods and analysis, and was instead much more of a world history class. Also, both textbooks can pretty easily been found free online, so do with that information what you will

I enjoyed taking this course, and I appreciated Prof. Fitzsimmons' enthusiasm of and knowledge of the subject. The class was very easy, only really consisting of three 3-page essays, an in-class midterm (multiple choice and an essay question,) and a self-scheduled final exam. I found the midterm challenging, and would definitely reco …Read more

Chill and RelaxedFair GradingDifficult Exams
1hrs / week Low difficulty Average value Would take again
with James Fitzsimmons2 months ago

I love Fitzsimmons and he totally loves the topics that he teaches about in this course. Unfortunately, this course is super heavy with things to memorize, such as details about the evolution of hominids and the movements of homowhatever out into the world leading to the spread of humans, etc. etc. Once we moved past biological anthropology and into more early civilizations the class got much more interesting. In general, the course could be a lot, but it was manageable and fitz rocks.

I love Fitzsimmons and he totally loves the topics that he teaches about in this course. Unfortunately, this course is super heavy with things to memorize, such as details about the evolution of hominids and the movements of homowhatever out into the world leading to the spread of humans, etc. etc. Once we moved past biological ant …Read more

Fast-PacedConstant ReadingEasy Exams
4hrs / week Low difficulty Average value Would not take again
with James Fitzsimmons7 months ago

Fitzsimmons is awesome, I definitely want to take another course with him again. He is super enthusiastic which makes the content fun. Two lectures a week, and then a discussion in a smaller group where he brings out cool artifacts. There's assigned reading for each week, but it's not ever used except for 3 response papers throughout the semester which are done take home. Lots of memorization for the midterm, but other than that a pretty chill course.

Fitzsimmons is awesome, I definitely want to take another course with him again. He is super enthusiastic which makes the content fun. Two lectures a week, and then a discussion in a smaller group where he brings out cool artifacts. There's assigned reading for each week, but it's not ever used except for 3 response papers throughout …Read more

Chill and RelaxedEasy GradingDifficult Exams
1hrs / week Low difficulty Above average value Would take again
with James Fitzsimmons7 months ago

Second class with Fitzsimmons. He is super passionate about archaeology (specifically Ancient Maya area) and clearly has a ton of first-hand knowledge. Lots of stories from expeditions etc. Workload is pretty tame with two exams and two papers. Would recommend a Fitzsimmons class at some point at Middlebury.

Slow-PacedFair GradingEasy Exams
2hrs / week Low difficulty Average value Would take again
with James Fitzsimmons7 months ago

Fitzsimmons is clearly passionate about sharing his passion for archaeology. I found lectures difficult to understand, mostly because he talks quickly and our classroom is basically massive, echoey cave. If I could hear him I probably would have enjoyed the class a lot more. Two exams per year, which are pretty memorization-heavy, and very chill discussion/lab sections which seem to be cancelled half the time.

Fitzsimmons is clearly passionate about sharing his passion for archaeology. I found lectures difficult to understand, mostly because he talks quickly and our classroom is basically massive, echoey cave. If I could hear him I probably would have enjoyed the class a lot more. Two exams per year, which are pretty memorization-heavy, an …Read more

Chill and RelaxedDifficult Exams
2hrs / week Low difficulty Average value Would not take again
with James Fitzsimmons2 months ago

This was a great course to take in a semester of heavy numbers and calculus. It was very interesting to be able to see how we came along as humans. This is much more than a history course and it provided great insight into the past and future.

Chill and RelaxedFair GradingConstant Reading
2hrs / week Low difficulty Above average value Would take again
with James Fitzsimmons2 years ago

If you have any interest in archaeology at all, I would highly recommend this class. Prof. Fitzsimmons is very engaging, and he brings a lot of energy and excitement to the course both through trying to keep lectures interactive and several hands-on labs throughout the semester. There are a few papers and a mid-term and final exam, but as long as you follow along in the class they aren't that difficult.

If you have any interest in archaeology at all, I would highly recommend this class. Prof. Fitzsimmons is very engaging, and he brings a lot of energy and excitement to the course both through trying to keep lectures interactive and several hands-on labs throughout the semester. There are a few papers and a mid-term and final exam, b …Read more

Easy GradingEasy ExamsChill and Relaxed
2hrs / week Average difficulty Above average value Would take again
with James Fitzsimmons2 years ago

I LOVE fitzsimmons. I had never intended to take any more courses in anthropology but he inspired me to take more. He is such a sweet and funny man who is clearly very passionate and knowledgeable about the subject matter. And no matter what questions I had I always felt comfortable asking them and participating in class. I would ABSOLUTELY take another class with him. (I’ve been looking)

I LOVE fitzsimmons. I had never intended to take any more courses in anthropology but he inspired me to take more. He is such a sweet and funny man who is clearly very passionate and knowledgeable about the subject matter. And no matter what questions I had I always felt comfortable asking them and participating in class. I would ABS …Read more

Chill and RelaxedEasy GradingEasy Exams
1hrs / week Average difficulty Very high value Would take again
with James Fitzsimmonslast year

This course is more difficult than I expected! Because I was not into the material, learning became a chore and difficult. Exams have strict time limits and long! So much memorization. The professor was enthusiastic and kind though!

Slow-PacedFair GradingDifficult Exams
2hrs / week Extremely difficulty Very low value Would not take again