For me, finding a really great professor is a rare experience. With that said, finding a class that I actually look forward to going to is near impossible as I tend to be fairly picky in the courses I take. As an English major pursuing a minor in journalism, I have yet to find a journalism class that I really enjoyed up until taking professor Datchers English 447 Reviewing the Arts. Prior to this class, all of the other journalism courses were just too formal and uninteresting. I, like the majority of students, learn better when my courses are interesting rather then the dull lecture format some instructors use.
Reviewing the Arts is a highly interactive course that is based on class discussions and group readings. Dr Datcher is a very laid back, knowledgeable, and genuinely nice human being. I have yet to meet an instructor at LMU that i highly respected until meeting Datcher. Dr Datcher has a very unique way of looking at the world that is hard to describe, but I find his candor very insightful and his lectures a pleasure. I have taken several of Datcher's courses after this one, but I must say that this was the very best of them.
As far as assignment difficulty, if you are a writer or interested in writing at all you wont have much of a problem scoring high on all of the papers. The most interesting of all his assignments has to be the book proposal at the end of the course. You are required to create a book proposal where you basically sell your idea for the book to him in the form of a portfolio. Datcher has also been published at the relatively young age of 22 and his book "Raising Fences" made it on the New York Times best seller list. His classes are always a blast to say the least and I would definitely recommend taking him as many times as you can.
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