Although introductory lecture classes are often dull and cover basic topics, most students say they benefit from their upper-level classes. GW requires freshmen to take a significant number of general curriculum requirements (GCRs), so history majors may have to suffer through “Baby Bio,” and pre-med students may be forced to plow through art history. But, a talented professor can make any class interesting. Most intro classes are taught by a professor twice a week, lecture-style, and a teaching assistant leads a discussion or lab once a week. Because they are graduate students, some TAs seem too consumed with their own research to care much about students, while others are more helpful than the professors. Most undergrads agree that as they move into more specialized classes, professors are more engaged in the subject matter and more experienced in their fields.
And this goes for the higher-profile professors, as well—the University’s location in the heart of Washington allows for top experts in every field to teach a course or two at GW. Well-known professors in every school and many departments may have students trying to get into their classes for years on end without success. Students’ crusades to get into certain classes prove that a professor has a great deal of influence on the enjoyment and academic worth of a class.