David Sartorius

6 reviews
Average rating: 1.83




Information Review
HIST339A

Expecting a C+
Anonymous 12/22/2020
this dude is the absolute worst. he doesn't tell you what he expects or the parameters then he will take off based on parameters he makes up after the fact. he's the worst professor I've had at UMD as a senior & he assigns a project to add to Wikipedia & takes Wikipedia as a reference.
HIST339A

Anonymous 12/04/2020
One of the hardest and most stressful classes I've ever taken at UMD. Not sure if this is a problem he only had with online teaching, but he refused to update grades at all. When you were lucky enough to find out your grade on one single assignment, it would be a vague letter grade. The assignments never made any sense. Especially the final wiki project. Some of the readings were interesting, and a good professor could have ran with them, but I never felt like he taught me anything. He also just is not very empathetic and accommodating at all.
HIST250

Expecting a C+
Anonymous 12/17/2019
He's a very squared guy. Treats course as a 400 series history class. Very passionate about the subject. Harsh grader. It's unclear what he is asking for in his exam.
HIST473

Expecting a C+
Anonymous 07/13/2014
the Good: he knows a lot about Caribbean history and is very passionate about it. the Bad: Extremely tough grader who plays favorites. I consider myself a pretty good writer (if the grades in my other courses are any indication) but i could never figure out what exactly he wanted out of an essay. i think my best essay grade was a B- and I thought it was an A or A-. Also come to class prepared or he will embarrass you just to make a point. if you take his class make sure you read everything, go to every class and talk to him about what he's looking for out of your writing but even if you do all of that your grade might just be average.
HIST473

Expecting an A-
Anonymous 04/17/2012
I had Prof. Sartorius for HIST 473, and I didn't think it was too bad. He says on the first day that the class isn't about beaches and drinking in the Caribbean, and he means it. He can be tough, so get ready to read, but I didn't think the amount of reading was anything extra insane. He wants arguments and interpretations about history, not just facts or summary. So if you can't come up with arguments for weekly assignments, watch out. My biggest issues were some of his classroom policies. If you aren't there when he calls your name on roll but come in literally 2 seconds after, you're done. If you have food or a loud drink, you're done. If, Heaven Forbid, your phone goes off, you're REALLY done. He also hates sleepers. So you have to make the choice to either bring a drink like tea or pepsi, or sleep. Oh, and don't ask any questions, interrupt him, or dare to get up and use the restroom. He'll either be a loose cannon about stuff like that, or say nothing. But you know what he's thinking-"that you're sooo done." All in all, its not easy but you can learn alot. It's a pretty good choice if you have to take a 400 class, but remember it's 400. Make sure you participate EVERY LECTURE, and you'll get through it. :)
HIST250

Expecting a C
quinnmt 11/10/2010
This guy is brutal. If you want a lot of reading and a douche bag professor then take this class. More reading than a 400 level class.