Antoine Borrut

7 reviews
Average rating: 4.29




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HIST120

Expecting a B+
cubswin 12/27/2012
Borrut is a solid professor. He is very knowledgeable, is easy to talk to, and is good about communicating with the class via elms/email. However, he can be hard to understand, due to his accent and constant voice cracks, and expects too much from his students in a lower level, lecture hall class.
HIST120

Expecting an A
RedBaron 09/24/2012
One of the best (if not the best) history professors at UMD. Keeps you engaged in lecture and is very helpful during office hours. He is invested in seeing his students do well and has a good sense of humor. HIST120 has a good bit of reading and a lot of dates. Building a chronology is pretty much essential to doing well in the class. However, the material is incredibly interesting and I learned a significant amount about Islamic culture because of it. Easily my favorite class so far at Maryland and highly recommended.
HIST120

Expecting an A
Anonymous 03/21/2012
I took HIST120 my freshman year and fell in love with Islamic history all because of Professor Borrut. He is one of the top professors at Maryland. Not only does he know what he's talking about, but he passes on that knowledge in an interesting and clear way. He wants you to learn, and it shows. He is extremely available and helping his students excel is his main priority. HIST120 is a basic introduction to early Islamic history, and is not too hard. There are 3 essay exams, but you review in discussion, so you have no reason to be unprepared for the questions. Discussion is mandatory, and you discuss certain readings. You can guess which reading is going to be discussed so you do not need to read them all. I loved Professor Borrut's class so much that I decided to take HIST429Y with him. This class was much more difficult than 120, but it was very interesting and we were able to discuss topics in depth which was great. The readings can be hard to keep up with, but as long as you do 2 of them or are good at bs-ing in class you'll be fine. The papers are only based on that week's readings so don't worry about keeping up with each article in depth. The papers are long but not so difficult. I would recommend giving in a rough draft beforehand for him to look at so you can edit to make it what he is looking for. I'm a business major, and got A's on all of my papers. Overall, if you don't want to work, don't take his class. But if you're looking to learn a lot from an intelligent and attentive professor then I would highly recommend taking a class with Professor Borrut.
HIST429Y

Expecting a B-
Anonymous 01/25/2012
Well, Hist429Y: "Islamic Memory," was a seminar class I took with Professor Borrut in Fall '11. In all honesty, I think I learned more in this class than any class that I've ever taken and I looked forward to it very much; and I'm a senior in History. That being said, however, it was second only to my SENIOR THESIS class in difficulty: two 10pg papers and a final 12pg. Like the other reviews say, he is a nice guy and is very helpful and available, but the level of work required in this class was astounding; also don't be an idiot and plagiarize, a number of people were hit for it. If you're looking for a class where you will profoundly learn something from an expert and aren't afraid of 6-10 readings per week, this is your class; if you are looking for a gimmie class however, do not even waste your time.
HIST120

Expecting an A
Anonymous 03/22/2011
Knows his stuff, but is incredibly racist. History of Islamic Civilization and he's not talking about Algebra? Or Ibn Battuta? This course should be more about the beauty of the civilization, but he simply speaks of the most negative things ever. "Dome of the Rock" on one of his powerpoints was called "Rock of Dome". Are you fckng serious?
HIST120

Expecting an A
Anonymous 01/15/2011
You can tell he loves the subject. He presents all of the information really clearly and is as balanced as possible. He's also really easy to talk to and is always willing to answer any questions.
HIST120

Anonymous 11/05/2009
He is an awesome professor. He is also very approachable, responds back to emails quickly and is always there to help during his office hours.