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The Classroom Experience

Expectations and Skills Taught
"I expect students to come to class prepared, ready to pay attention, and open to learn," says Lake Michigan College instructor and program advisor Dr. Chris Paine. "I want students to analyze and understand historical topics, not just memorize timelines."

According to Chris, "courses in History will make students more well-rounded and able to appreciate the world around them."

In class, you'll work on individual writing projects and small presentations. Essay exams and quizzes will "force students to keep up on their studies. I don't want anyone to fall behind academically," says Chris

Coursework will require analytical thought and critical thinking. Some history classes will have you choosing a topic from the 1960s for a term paper and presenting this material to the class. "Many students enjoy this project because they get to choose the focus of their paper," says Chris.

Topics of interest include:

  • 19th Century politics
  • The Constitution
  • World War I and II
  • Civil Rights movement

Technology in the Classroom

Many technological resources are used in the classroom as a supplemental lecture tool. Take advantage of PowerPoint presentations, maps, videos, DVDs, the Internet and materials available on Canvas - the College's instructional Intranet.

Getting the Most from the Program
According to Chris, it is important to "keep up with the assigned homework, and ask questions. Asking for clarification can make an enormous difference in understanding the course material."

You should also keep in touch with your advisor to make sure you are on track for graduation and transferring. By working with your advisor, your academic plan can be revised to adjust for any circumstance that may affect your educational goals.

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