Dennis Pate
Department: History
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Worst History professor at ASU. He will tell you one thing he doesn't want to see on your essay exam, and then change his mind when the exam arrives. This costs you points.
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I've had two upper division history courses with Dr. Pate and must say I like him. If you are not prepared to pay attention in class, take copious notes, do the reading, and think about the material, then don't take his courses. He does not suffer rudeness, tardiness, or immaturity. Do not take him if you're just looking for an simple A in history.
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Dr. Pate is rated low because the students failed, not the prof.. Yes, class is tough. It requires work, and students don't like work. Come to class. Pay attention. Study often. If you commit to his class, your difficult work will pay off. You get what you put into class, it's that simple.
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I've had Pate before, and he's quite intimidating. Be careful not to get on his bad side (being late, pulling out phone, sleeping) because he won't hesitate to tear you a new one. But if you like history, his courses are very fascinating. I just don't appreciate his teaching style, straight lecture and outside reading.
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I am not going to lie and say West Civ is an simple class. It is an very difficult class, and Dr. Pate makes you work for your grade. If you aren't prepared for taking tons of notes and doing a lot of reading, hold off taking his class or don't take it at all. You can make an A in one of his courses. It just takes A LOT of work to get it.
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I took him for History 1301 and got a D. I'm having to retake it. If you are a history major you will probably do ok. But all other majors should avoid this prof.!!! I'm usually a great essay writer but No Pass Pate is picky about his papers. I could not figure it out. Save yourself having to retake the class... don't take from him!!!
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Had the misfortune of having two courses in the same semester with this guy. One exam I felt I had a great handle on but because of time constraints I had to gloss over some details near the end of the exam. Ended up getting a C. A girl in the class got and A and only wrote half as much and didn't get through half of the era. Discrepancy big time.
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Pate is called ?No Pass Pate?. I am a History major and have never in my life been in a class to this caliber. He expects you to be on time and be there. The exams are what are so impossible. There are only 25 questions and an essay the more you write on the essay the better. And there are only 4 exams. You take notes from the moment you sit down
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Dr. Pate is a great teacher! He does expect you to go to class, show up on time, take notes,etc. If you do all those thing you should be fine. I didn't read most of the text book and still got a B+. He wants you to write alot on his essay the more detail you give the better. If you write info that was in the book he does notice. He's friendlya hillarious to
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He will lecture from the minute class begins until the very end. If you are late, then you are absent in his book (he gave us 9 absences until consequences). He wants you to pay attention and keep notes. (you will need great note taking skills) exams are one essay question and graded very difficult. He is what you would expect for an advanced class
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Dr. Pate is a very great teacher, if you "write down everything that I (he) says" then you should be okay. Make sure you have a great pen for his class because you will write a lot. If you study a little you should make a B, don't let the "No Pass Pate" thing scare you, he isn't so bad...infact he is very hillarious!
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This teacher was terrible. he was rude. he embarrassed people who came in late or if their phone rang in class. I was really sick one day and a Doctor had told me to stay in bed all day so I went and told him and showed him the note and he had NO sympathy at all he was very rude and said something like it is not not my problem and I do not care!!
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he treated us ridiculously. he is inconsiderate and rude! he does not care about the students or their grades. I went to class everyday and he gave me a D! I studied for hours like a week and a half for his exams and I still barely got a D!About half the class had dropped the class by the end of the semester!exams are very ridiculous for his class!
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Great teacher. His exams are difficult and he will always say you could have written more on the papers. But if you show him you are doing the reading and taking notes in class he will take that under consideration while doing your final grade and if you are borderline can bump you up.

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