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Comments:Latin 1, 3 - Smith taught me Latin 1 one on one after I struggled last year in Latin 3. He very quickly adapted to how I learn and I did quality work because I was eager to improve. I’m taking him in Latin Prose with the Pro Caelio. Extremely funny and memorable, even with the big workload. I suggest audio recording the lectures, because sometimes he would talk very quickly and writing could be a challenge. There’s some recommended grammar books, and if you’re rusty or took Latin online, you’ll want those. There’s not a lot of review content when you first start, so you may have to brush up on some stuff on your own. My class has study groups, and we have great tutors in Sid Rich. Good luck! Once everything clicks, it’s a really fun class.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2022-09-27

Comments:2320 - He makes Greek a fun class and and really cares about his students. The "life lessons" i learned out of his class i will take with me throughout college.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2019-05-25

Comments:Latin 1 and 3 - Dr. Smith is my favorite professor. He is invested in all his students, personally and academically, and loves to push each student. He's gifted at commanding a room, developing catchy sayings that help students remember important ideas, and targeting students in their weakest areas in Latin to help them even up their skills. Dr. Smith creates a community in his classroom-- I still say hi to my friends from Latin when I see them around on campus. I would like to say that Latin with Dr. Smith-- ESPECIALLY Latin 3-- is no walk in the park. I have never taken a more difficult course. The amount of material on each test is enormous. It takes about 16 hours to study for each exam-- no matter how fast you are at Latin. However, you know the exams, translations, and parsing questions will be fair. He's very fair. He's just also very difficult.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2019-05-14

Comments:2310 & 2320 - Dr. Smith is my favorite professor at Baylor. He is the first professor I've had to have ever shown so much care and attention to every student in his course. These courses are time-consuming, but not difficult. His methodology is very straight forward and his courses teach you so much more beyond just the Latin. I am so grateful I took him as my professor. I suggest you take the opportunity to too!  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2019-01-30

Comments:2310 - Dr Smith is very informative, funny, and helpful. Even though there is sometimes a lot of homework, it's the point of the class to be able to read and translate. If you focus in class, you WILL get better in Latin. The tests weren't terrible and Dr Smith is willing to work with the class to make the exam percentages best for getting a good grade.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2018-05-29

Comments:LAT 1320 - Dr. Smith is the best professor I've had at Baylor. No one cares more about his students, and it shows in the way he teaches and little things like bringing cookies to class and hosting pizza office hours. Going to Latin class was often the highlight of my day, not because of Latin (which I only took to fulfill university requirements) but because Dr. Smith has a way of making the time so enjoyable. His humor is not for everyone, but for me it was a perfect match. As far as the class goes, I had to work roughly an hour a couple times a week depending on the week. It wasn't as hard as what people say, but you just can't get behind. A typical class consisted of going over the homework translations and then a brief primer for the next lesson. The tests were fair, and featured "do 5 out of 7" translating/parsing- so even if you got caught on a couple of things you could do well. If you have to take a language, take Latin with Dr. Smith- it was the best decision I never made.  - Grade In Class:B+

Date: 2018-05-18

Comments:CLA 3321 - Dr. Smith is the best professor I have ever had. I took his Roman Topography course in the Baylor in Italy program, and he was fantastic. The Baylor in Italy program changed my life. While in Italy, he arranged for me to shadow a senator for the day in the Italian Parliament. I am now writing my thesis with him. He has helped me figure out my career path and has helped me get into law school. Dr. Smith is intelligent and extremely invested in all of his students. I would encourage every student to take a course with him and/or go on the Baylor in Italy trip.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2018-01-23

Comments:1302 - Languages are hard. LATIN IS HARD. Thankfully, Dr. Smith was my professor. I walked out of my final that I studied countless hours for, and I realized how much I was going to miss it. I became so close to my 6 classmates and Dr. Smith that I was genuinely sad the class was over. Dr. Smith was by far the best professor I\'ve ever had. He gave me confidence in myself and helped me find the courage to change my major. Not only did he make class fun, he invited us over to his house to study for the final and eat pizza. THEN, when we had a question over the weekend, he answered our phone call while he was biking just to explain it to us. He is the kind of professor who deeply cares about each of us and I don\'t know how I would have survived this semester of Latin if I didn\'t have him. His teaching style is very different and it might take a while for you to get it down. He tells you straight up what is going to be on the test so you don\'t feel completely blindsided. He works with you. He welcomes you into his office and will do whatever he can to help you pass. He gives you SO much confidence and believes in you. THIS IS THE GREATEST MAN AT BAYLOR. --jillis will miss this class  - Grade In Class:B

Date: 2016-07-30

Comments:1302 - Dr. Smith is absolutely one of my favorite professors. He is a little eccentric, but that makes his classes much more entertaining, and makes learning the language a lot better. Latin is very hard. It takes dedication and hours of memorization. The people who wrote him negative reviews honestly did not put forth any effort in actually trying to learn. No professor is going to be able to learn the language for you. Dr. Smith's teaching style is not your standard professor lecturing on the whiteboard, so you have to be able to judge for yourself how you learn best. He tells you straight up when the tests and quizzes are and exactly what is on them, but you still have to study. Dr. Smith really goes out of his way to help his students. He is a wonderful professor that taught me to love Latin. I would take him again in a heartbeat.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2016-06-17

Comments:1301 - This guy just sucks. He does not teach. You might as well marry the textbook, cause you will spend every hour reading it. He just sucks.  - Grade In Class:B

Date: 2016-06-15

Comments:1301 - Dr. Smith is, in a word, brilliant. He's passionate, not only about Latin, but about learning, his students, and life in general, and his passion is infectious. I took Latin in grade school and never liked it, but his classes have made me completely fall in love with the language. The workload is a killer, but is absolutely necessary. He'll tell you from the first day that an A in his course means hours of work outside the classroom, and he's right. But remember that he genuinely wants you to succeed, and if you're willing to put in the time and do the work, he'll help you out as much as possible. TL;DR - Dr. Smith is a wonderful teacher, but not for the faint of heart.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2016-01-11

Comments:Latin 1301 - Dr. Smith is one of my favorite professors. His class is not for slackers, and requires plenty of effort. The benefits of the class, however, are unbelievable. You will find yourself being challenged to be the best student you can be and learn more than you would in any other Latin teacher's course. You will make some crazy memories, laugh at the oddest things, gain interesting nicknames and learn more than in any other class you have freshmen year. He's fair while grading and believes in every student. I could not recommend Dr. Smith more if you are looking for a class that will challenge you and make you a better student.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2016-01-11

Comments:1301- Latin I - This man simply does not teach. Yes, he is very caring of his students and has a hysterical sense of humor, and help is available but he DOES NOT TEACH the material. Very hard workload, you learn Latin on your own, just take someone else.  - Grade In Class:D

Date: 2015-12-21

Comments:LAT 4309 - Having had this professor for 5 classes, I can confidently say that Dr. Smith is one of the most brilliant professors I've ever had. Not only is he passionate, engaging, and knowledgable of the material, but he also cares deeply about his students and is a great academic advisor. If you look at his ratings, you'll see that he gets five stars in everything except workload. Dr. Smith is a professional, and hard work is required, but I can guarantee that you will gain mastery of the material by the end of the course.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2014-03-23

Comments:LAT 2310 - Dr. Smith's Latin class is one of the hardest classes I have had at Baylor. It was much harder than my Organic Chemistry class! However, he inspires his students to work hard for him; he shows us why what we are learning is important and applicable. A difficult, rewarding, and fun class and professor.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2013-12-28

Comments:Baylor in Italy - Oh Dr. Smith. This man is extremely interesting, to say the least. I took his Topography of Rome and Pompeii class on the Baylor in Italy trip and was completely blown away by everything I learned and experienced; a big part of that having to do with Dr. Smith's teaching style. I went into the class knowing it would be harder than the classes I was used to and was very nervous for that reason, but Dr. Smith truly cares about his students and will help them out in every way he can. I came out of the class with a desire to broaden the things I'm learning and classes I'm taking at Baylor. All he wants from his students is their absolute best effort, so if you're willing to put forth that then don't hesitate in taking him. That being said, don't take him if you aren't up for a challenge or intending to just to get by. In all a really awesome, funny, eccentric and truly caring professor.  - Grade In Class:B+

Date: 2013-08-29

Comments:LAT 2310 & 2320 - Dr. Smith is by far my favorite professor at Baylor. While he may be incredibly hard, demanding, and fast in terms of the material, he cares so much about his students' success and he is such a great person! I cannot wait for Dr. Smith to teach another class because I would take another class with him in a heartbeat.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2013-05-14

Comments:LAT 1301 and 1302 - Dr. Smith is one of the most caring and passionate teachers a Baylor. To be honest I did not know what I was getting into when i decided to take Latin. The class is hard and with Dr. Smith it is definitely fast paced. You will have to work on Latin a little bit everyday to get good at it. Dr.Smith's second semester class was one of the hardest classes I have taken at Baylor. I started out struggling but Dr. Smith gave me the opportunities to succeed and in the end it payed off. In this class you get to read Latin faster, you get to have fun and become a part of a family. This class is hard and fosters great relationships with other students in the class. Honestly this was my favorite class I have taken at Baylor. If you want to take Dr. Smith and are willing to put in a lot of hard work it will pay off, you will learn Latin and you will love this class.  - Grade In Class:B+

Date: 2013-05-12

Comments:LAT 1301; LAT 1302 - Dr. Smith is one of the best people I have ever met, and in my opinion, the best professor at Baylor. You will have to work hard for his classes, but at the end of the semester you will really know the material. He loves what he teaches, and he brings that same passion out in his students. Most importantly, he makes it a point to be a part of each student's life, providing his sage advice (trust him, he's a "Doctor"), unending support, and absolutely hilarious sense of humor to every person. Even if you do not take his class, get to know this wonderful man - it could change your life.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2013-05-03

Comments:lost&found - I have not personally had Dr. Smith for any class whatsoever, however he is the NICEST MAN I HAVE EVER MET! You will love him. He is nice, witty, and seems to really care for his students. My roommate lost her phone and we were wandering aimlessly around Morrison and we sauntered into his office and asked him for direction... He called a former student and was very nice towards her; he really cared about her and wanted to know her future plans! He was the nicest man in the world. NICEST MAN IN THE WORLD.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2013-04-25

Comments:1301 and 1302 - One of, if not the toughest, courses at Baylor. Do not be surprised if you find yourself studying more for this class than all of your other courses combined. I took it as a freshman and that was certainly the case. That being said, I harbor no regrets from the experience. Dr. Smith is my favorite professor hands down, from his eclectic manner of dress to fake etymologies to inappropriate and scandalous remarks during class, he will have you in stitches within minutes. There was hardly ever a dull class, and the man is just a phenomenal guy; everyone loves Dr. Smith! Taking this course will make the rest of your classes seem like a cake walk, something that readjusts your perspective when it comes to how much you think you can handle. It will leave you surprised at how much you can learn in one night and eventually one semester, and will definitely push your intellectual capacity to its furthest limits. If you love a challenge and want to have a ton of fun whilst doing so, Latin 1301 and 1302 with Dr. Smith are the classes for you.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2013-03-24

Comments:LAT 1301 - Dr. Smith is an excellent professor--in my humble opinion, one of Baylor's best. I have taken several Latin classes with Dr. Smith, as well as Topography of Rome and Pompeii on a Baylor in Italy trip. In lower-level Latin courses, Dr. Smith's odd-but-effective mnemonic devices and insistence on precision and doing things the hard way (e.g., quizzing English to Latin rather than Latin to English vocabulary) give the student every chance to develop a strong foundation in the language. In upper-level Latin and/or history-based courses, Dr. Smith brings history and ancient texts to life--often in dramatic and amusing ways. Dr. Smith's classes cover a lot of ground fast and are challenging, but if you keep up with the workload you should be just fine. Not only is Dr. Smith a good classics teacher, he also obviously loves the things he teaches, and he wants you to love them, too. Dr. Smith cares for his students--for their formation as whole persons, not just as academics--and will go far above and beyond the call of duty to help and provide opportunities for them. Baylor's a big school with many professors, and you can easily leave Baylor without taking a course from this professor; but if you do, well, it might just be your loss.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2013-02-26

Comments:LAT 1301 - I really enjoyed this class, and Dr. Smith is a wonderful professor. There is not a day of class that I didn't laugh and have a good time in. That being said, this class is an all or nothing class. If you put in the work and effort to learn all of the material you will enjoy class and succeed, but the class won't go well at all if you only learn 70 or 80 percent of the grammar and forms. I highly recommend Dr. Smith, but at the same time know what you are getting into if you do decide to take his class. For me, the time I put into his class was definitely worth it.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2013-01-14

Comments:LAT 2310 - Dr. Smith is a fantastic professor to take for Latin because he makes what could be a dull class, one of that I look forward to every day. He is a good man who cares about his students as persons first and foremost, but also as academics. Not only is his class a lot of fun, Dr. Smith is more than fair in grading. If you put in the work and study, you'll get an A. And if you really mess up one test, you can overcome it because he is always willing to reward you if you are honestly trying hard and show improvement over the course of the semester.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2012-12-20

Comments:CLA 3321 - Dr. Smith is the best professor I have ever had, plain and simple. I took his class, Topography of Rome and Pompeii, in Italy this past summer with Baylor in Italy. Before that, I had the privilege of studying Latin with him for my first 4 semesters at Baylor. Although those classes were phenomenal, I want to focus this review on my experience during the summer Baylor in Italy class. How to summarize this experience? This may sound bold, but it really did change my life and how I view the world. I had never traveled outside of the US, and Dr. Smith worked very hard on my behalf to help gain the funds I needed for this trip. Being in another country, another culture, opened my eyes a lot. Now Italy is not just a place I have read about, but a dear place, more real now, with faces and voices that I will remember the rest of my life. The class was absolutely incredible! Every day we toured the places that we were studying about and learned more about ancient history. My favorite part was the day that we had the extreme privilege of touring the recently discovered tomb of St. Paul, with the man who discovered the tomb! Things like that do not happen in other programs or with other professors. Dr. Smith and his program are unique. I came away from the trip with a lot to think about and also a more solid idea of my vocation in my studies. Besides the fact that he has a gift for teaching, Dr. Smith is also a very good mentor and friend. He has given me a lot of good advice over the years, and I have always known that he genuinely cares about my life and the direction that I take. He has prayed for me and my life since before I came to Baylor, back when I was still only considering the school. That is why he is the best professor I have ever had, and I would encourage anyone to take his classes or travel on Baylor in Italy with him!  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2012-08-16

Comments:Latin 2320 - Dr. Smith has been, by far, the most amazing professor I have encountered at Baylor University. The workload is heavy and requires quite a bit of preparation, but I guarantee you will absolutely adore being in class. Dr. Smith's crazy stories and witty comebacks provide for a fun-filled class every day. I wish I would have known about him earlier in my foreign language career so that I had the opportunity to have him for more than a semester. I'm pretty sure I learned more in one semester with him than I did in the three previous semesters with other professors. So if you're beginning a foreign language, take Dr. Smith!!!  - Grade In Class:B

Date: 2012-07-03

Comments:LAT 1301 - Dr. Smith is one of the most interesting professors I have ever met. From his unusual attire, to his outrageous hints, to his wacky stories about his life, he is a man you just have to meet. As for the course, yes it is very difficult and class participation plays a big part. Had it not been for his eccentricity, I might have dropped his class. Dr. Smith truly cares about students and learning; he wants college education to be an essential time of learning and not merely job training. If you are looking for a language course that'll be a breeze, this is NOT the class you wanna take. However, if you enjoy a challenge and a wacky professor with it, I highly recommend Latin with Dr. Smith.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2012-04-05

Comments:1301 and 1302 - Dr. Smith truly cares about his students and wants them to succeed. He is there almost everyday if you ever help with homework or just need to talk. Every friday he has office hours and there are always students there. Dr. Smith is one of the funniest people. A normal class usually consists of him telling a funny story, singing, or making animal noises to get you to remember a term. But don't get me wrong, Latin is hard. You will have to work hard, do your homework, and study everyday. In all, Dr. Smith is a great person and teacher and definitely makes class interesting.  - Grade In Class:B+

Date: 2012-04-03

Comments:LAT 1301 & 1302 - Dr. Smith is very intelligent, caring, and enthusiastic, and he really wants his students to succeed. That being said, he is also rather eccentric. He's sarcastic and energetic and often comes to class wearing a dress shirt, half-tied tie, jogging pants, and knee pads. I probably spend about 2 hours preparing for each class, and significant amounts of time studying for tests. His quizzes help to pad your grade and he sometimes collects homework for credit. Class participation is ESSENTIAL. You will not pass if you don't show up AND be ready to contribute to the translations. He creates a fantastic classroom dynamic and tells hilarious stories (which are supposed to help you remember Latin concepts, but you usually don't understand them until just before the test when it all comes together). He'll try to turn you into a Classicist, especially if you are a University Scholar (which most of his students are). To correct an earlier comment-you did not have to get a 94 on the final to get an A in the class; if you got at least a 94, all other test scores would be FORGIVEN and you would earn an A in the class. Overall, by far the hardest class I've taken at Baylor, but also the BEST. Couldn't imagine taking Latin from anyone else.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2012-03-08

Comments:1302 - Dr. Smith is one of the best professors I have had at Baylor. He makes Latin class actually fun and he is not as hard as many people think. His antics and strange mnemonic devices actually make memorizing things much easier. Great prof, great man. Take him.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2012-03-07

Comments:1301 - Dr. Smith - Fast Paced - Latin is difficult in general; he makes it harder. However, you - Really get good at Latin - He cares deeply for his students I never regretted taking his class, but if you are looking for an easier class, this is not the one. However, Dr. Smith is a great person to get to know. However, I had to put in much effort to pull off an A. Even though I made all A's on his tests, He required a 94 on the final to get an A for the semester. So... don't take this class unless you truly have a passion for Latin or you don't care about your GPA. 9 kids out of 20 dropped.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2012-02-21

Comments:CLA 3321 Baylor in Italy - Go on this trip! It was a life-changing experience in so many ways, and if you have any interest at all in classics, history, or archaeology, you will love it. Dr. Smith's class was wonderful - most of the class was spent learning about the very sites we were exploring every day. We also got to see some things that people generally don't get to see. How many students get to go to the archaeological site underneath St. Peter's? If you're looking for a summer study abroad program, consider this trip - it is definitely worth it!  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2011-08-19

Comments:BII 2011 - Baylor in Italy 2011 was one of the single greatest learning experiences of my life. However cliche it is to say, history really did come to life. I have gained an entirely new appreciation for material culture and its import in Classical literature. Dr. Smith and Dr. Hunt were both amazing. I learned so much. They were excellent leaders and took everything in stride, keeping our entire group together and happy for a month. This program is a must for students interested in Classics, History, or Archeology.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2011-08-11

Comments:CLA 3321 Baylor in Italy - This was an awesome class. We learned about Roman history while we were actually on site. It was such a great trip and I would not trade this experience for anything. Go to Baylor in Italy if you can!  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2011-08-08

Comments:GTX 2301 - I was enrolled in the University Scholars section of Great Texts, and as far as I know that is the only section of Great Texts that Dr. Smith teaches. Dr. Smith is an excellent teacher, finding just the right balance between explaining the lingual and historical backgrounds of the texts and prompting intellectual discussions about the intent of their authors. He always manages to keep the atmosphere of the class casual and upbeat. This past semester he had enough classes and extracurricular obligations that he could only hold office hours Friday afternoons, but he is such an approachable professor that I would imagine he would make accommodations as necessary. The class itself (not just his section, but all University Scholars sections) is demanding but manageable. Nightly reading assignments range from 30 to 60 pages depending on the text and the day the class meets. Dr. Smith usually calls on each student to participate once per class, so it is usually painfully obvious to both him and your classmates when you don’t read the assignment. The grade was based primarily on two essays and two tests. Dr. Smith makes it known that he grades his essays harshly, so be sure to visit the writing center as you see necessary. The tests include a smattering of everything but emphasize the essays.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2010-12-25

Comments:GKC 1301 - Dr. Smith is truly one of the great professors at Baylor. It's not a lie when ppl say that he has a pretty crazy workload, but it is totally worth it. He likes to crack jokes and is completely approachable, but he is completely serious about teaching you to learn Greek. No matter what anyone else says, Dr. Smith really does care about his students, he is a great professor, and you should def take him.   - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2008-12-18

Comments:LAT 2310 - Dr. Smith is so amazing. My favorite professor at Baylor. The workload is not easy, but it is definitely manageable. It's very rarely more than we can go over in class, and if we did any less each day, we would not be able to finish the entire oration in one semester. He will make you a Classics student, but I'm not complaining. I love Classics!  - Grade In Class:B+

Date: 2008-03-02

Comments:LAT 2310 - Dr. Smith is so amazing. My favorite professor at Baylor. The workload is not easy, but it is definitely manageable. It's very rarely more than we can go over in class, and if we did any less each day, we would not be able to finish the entire oration in one semester. He will make you a Classics student, but I'm not complaining. I love Classics!  - Grade In Class:B+

Date: 2008-03-02

Comments:1302 - Dr. Smith will make you work hard and learn everything thoroughly. You will spend about 3 hours per class period on homework, but you will learn Latin. If you actually want to learn something and not waste your money by going to college, then take Dr. Smith. If you want to coast through your classes, be awarded undeserved grades, and pretend to get a degree, go home because you're wasting your time here.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2007-10-20

Comments:1302 Honors - Dr. Smith is very good at latin and he is a rather funny guy. He will put you on the spot in front of the class and make you answer a series of questions. Often times, he would make you do your translation without your translation. I felt after taking him that latin 3 and 4 were much easier because Dr. Smith worked us so hard. I also feel that because Dr. Smith wants to get through the book so fast to read "real latin," i probably didn't learn as well as I could have. His tests are very fair but the homework load is ridiculous for nonmajors. You'll still learn a lot, but maybe not as thorough as a different teacher. Really nice guy though.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2007-09-30

Comments:LAT 1301, 1302 - Dr. Smith is amazing. Take his class. He is a little crazy, but in a good way. He makes class fun while still getting stuff done. He comes up with mnemonic devices that are so odd that we actually remember them. Homework load is a little heavy, but it does help in learning the material. Tests are generally reasonable, and he tells you ahead of time what material will be on the test. Your brain will hurt, but you will learn Latin.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2007-03-19

Comments:Latin 1301, 1302 - Dr. Smith is pretty much the best professor at Baylor. His classes are really enjoyable, even if you don't want to major in Classics. The workload is hard, but quite doable. If at all possible, take one of Dr. Smith's classes!  - Grade In Class:B+

Date: 2007-01-26

Comments:LAT 1301, 1302 - First off, Dr. Smith is probably the most amazing teacher that I will have the privilege to learn under at Baylor. His Latin class was truly inspiring. In rebuttle to previous ratings that have claimed that he will "convert" you to Classics etc., I have one answer: if you are called to Classics and you love it, he is good at discovering this. The workload is not light, but,after all, nothing good in life comes easily.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2007-01-26

Comments:Greek Institute, LAT 2302 - Dr. Smith isn't as bad as some people make him out to be. He's very funny, easy to talk to, and makes every class memorable with his off-beat humor. Sure the courses are difficult, but how are you going to learn Latin/Greek if you don't spend at least 2-4 hours a day studying? Take Dr. Smith if you have the chance. You won't regret it.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2006-10-26

Comments:LAT1301 Honors - Dr. Smith is probably one of the funniest professors ever. You will most likely laugh uncontrollably at least once each class. However there is about three hours of homework due for every class, and you have to spend a lot of time memorizing before tests. The tests are on sentences and vocabulary straight out of the book, so if you study you should be able to do well. If you're not willing to spend so much time, it would probably be best not to take this class. I would recommend this class just because Dr. Smith makes Latin so much fun.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2006-10-21

Comments:LAT 2310 - Dr. Smith gets very involved with his students individually and, while his workload is challenging, it is not unbearable.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2006-10-19

Comments:latin 1,2,3,4 - Okay, the only reason I can see that Dr. S has such a low score is the workload. However, let's remember that he teaches a LANGUAGE class and of course you are going to have homework if you are trying to learn a language. I had him for four semesters and I highly recommend him as a professor. He really knows the material, loves teaching it, and will help you out if you have any questions or problems. Another bonus is that he grades based on how much effort you put into the class, so even if your actual grades aren't so great, chances are you will get bumped up for trying. All in all, take Smith because he really cares about the students and because you will be glad in the end.   - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2006-09-05

Comments:Greek Institute - Took Dr. Smith for the Greek Institute in Summer I. for Greek 1302. Phenomenal professor who makes an otherwise extremely painful class fun and enjoyable! I would definitely recommend him for anyone who has to take a greek course or take any course where he is one of the available professors. He made my last class at baylor extremely enjoyable and he is all around a great guy! Don't listen to the rumors about him or his class because he is the best!   - Grade In Class:C

Date: 2006-07-29

Comments:greek institute - for a three hour a day, five day a week, month long class... it went by amazingly fast. LOTS of homework each night - two chapters at least with plenty of translating, and quizes every day... but how else do you learn to translate greek in a month? do the work, and study hard, and this class is NOT as bad as some people make it seem. the only time i didnt like going to class was when dr. smith couldnt be there. he is very amusing as a prof, very fair on his grading, and an overall nice guy - we had a cookout at his place every friday to ease the pain of the following monday's tests :) if you want to take greek, take dr. smith.   - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2006-07-05

Comments:1301 - HARDEST CLASS EVER. HUGE MISTAKE. Nice man but UNEBLIEVEABLE WORK LOAD---all to end up with a less than satisfactory grade. He even said to spend all our dead days on this final, and then glance over the other classes. He thinks his class is the most important, which is def not the case.  - Grade In Class:C

Date: 2005-12-06

Comments:1301 - This is the hardest class I have taken at Baylor. The workload was insane...BUT, if you HAVE to take Greek he is DEF the one to take it with. He was SO helpful and is really willing to work with you (esp. if you have a lot going on outside of the class). He makes Greek a fun class and and really cares about his students. The "life lessons" i learned out of his class i will take with me throughout college--although I had to drop Greek after my first semester :)!   - Grade In Class:B+

Date: 2005-11-10

Comments:2310 - great professor. very funny but very hard. i learned alot latin in the first 2 days of class. cicero is so hard!!! at times i wanted to burn the book but then it costed $50. overall, smith is a challenge but his humor makes the time fly.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2005-10-06

Comments:1301 Honors - As most have said, he is definitely only for those who are willing to WORK HARD and learn latin quickly. I wasn't one of those people, so I struggled, but he's still a great guy, seems to love what he does, and definitely helps wake you up if you have to take a 9am'er.   - Grade In Class:C

Date: 2005-05-06

Comments:LAT 1301, 1302 - Yes, he's a good teacher and he's funny, but he's really hard. It takes about 3-5 hours of homework each night and he goes super duper fast, trying to keep up with ivy league schools. Only take him if you want to do tons of work. Incoming UNSC students beware!! Don't let him talk you into taking his class! Latin and Classics are not the world! Don't fall into the trap!   - Grade In Class:B+

Date: 2004-04-22

Comments:LAT 1301 - I had Dr. Smith for the Honors section of first semester Latin; he is quite possibly the best professor at Baylor for entertainment value. If you need things explained to you, he isn't the best choice, but if you are looking to make a lot of progress in Latin very quickly or ever find yourself wishing to spend more time with Wheelock's, this is the class you need to be in. WARNING: This man will make you a Classics student if you let him. This is not a bad thing, but if you do not wish to be a Classics student, you will need immense resolve and strength of will to resist falling to the power of the Dark Side. If you are already a Classics student, take him whenever possible. He's awesome.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2004-01-08

Comments:1301 - He only teaches the honors section for intro latin... i recieved the lowest grade but it was so high because he can tell when a student tries... the first semester wasnt horrible work load wise but we did go VERY fast we finished the grammar book in Feburary! i still have trouble retaining all he tried to teach us from Whelock however i know latin better than the slower latin classes at Baylor. like most of his other students i love him too much to hate him and remember his class better than Most of the other classes ive had, he is also very helpful when it comes to your future (whether graduate school or internships at NASA) he cant give you these things but he does make you aware of these opportunities and tells you what can be done to achieve them. WARNING: he uses every jedi mind trick he knows to make every one of his students a classicist or a latinist or a University Scholar. he even did it to me im a religion major and now a classics minor.  - Grade In Class:B+

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