Carver, Michael  

History

3.97/4.00

59 evaluations


HIST 102


Sophomore
A
Elective
May 2016
coolest, funniest teacher I've had here. 100% take a class if he's the teacher. quizzes and tests are easy and he's really good at teaching.

HIST 201


Junior
N/A
General Ed
Apr 2015
This will be the best teacher you will ever have. He is hilarious, smart, and relatable. Before taking this class, I though history was boring and dry. Mike literally made me excited to go to class with his awesome lectures and humor. I would highly recommend taking him.


Freshman
A
General Ed
Jun 2015
Professor Carver is the most awesome professor! He truly wants everyone to succeed and makes history class so interesting. He is hilarious and all of his tests are extremely straightforward. TAKE THIS PROFESSOR if you get the chance!


Sophomore
N/A
General Ed
Jun 2015
SUCH an awesome professor. Super funny, extremely knowledgeable, and very fair. He goes out of his way to answer any questions you might have, and actually made a history class quite interesting. I would love to take another class with him sometime!


Sophomore
N/A
Elective
Jun 2015
Great lecturer. Really knew his stuff. Workload consisted of a midterm, a 3-page essay, and a final. The essay I winged pretty hard and still got an A-. The tests aren't tricky or anything, just off of his lectures. Take him for easyish grade, learning about the time frame, and little outside work.


Junior
A
General Ed
Jun 2015
This guy is the man! I'm an mechanical engineering student, and never had the patience or desire to learn about history. This professor totally turned my view on history upside down. He is a fantastic lecturer. He is one of the funniest teachers I've had, and he always knows how to spice up his lecture. His presentations were so entertaining I found myself looking forward to his classes, which doesn't happen much for me. His tests are really fair, and I got an A without too much effort based solely on the fact that he's such a good teacher, you don't really have to study that much outside of class. Anywho, any levelheaded person should take this professor. Anyone who does not want to take this professor is likely a terrorist, and should be avoided.


Freshman
A
General Ed
Oct 2015
Carver is an amazing teacher! This is how a GE teacher should be and honestly one of the best teacher I have had so far. He makes lecture interesting and entertaining and gives a straight forward study guide and test. There is one paper and it's easy to do well on it if you email him and make sure your on the right track or talk to him about it in office hours.


Junior
A
General Ed
Mar 2016
Carver is a fucking coon, he's got more bars than AT&T, nuff said.

HIST 202


Freshman
N/A
General Ed
Nov 2014
Hands down my favorite class. I've never been a fan of history, but it is a pleasure to come and listen to prof. Carver. He is a genuinely kind person that wants everyone to succeed. He is a new teacher here at Cal Poly, and I have no doubt he will soon be the favorite.


Freshman
A
General Ed
Dec 2014
SUCH A HOMIE. Really smart guy but also super funny and entertaining in class and makes it really easy to get an A. You have a short quiz every couple of weeks and he tells you exactly what will be on it. The final paper was on a topic of our choosing. Best teacher I've had at Cal Poly yet


Freshman
A
General Ed
Dec 2014
Mike (yes he prefers to be called Mike) is the BEST guy. He actually made a GE interesting, was funny and super flexible, often postponing quizzes and not taking role for days when he thought no one would show up (ex: before thanksgiving break). The only graded assignments were a couple of 5 question quizzes, a midterm, one final paper and a final test. He even gives the essay questions ahead of time. Perfect way to fulfill a GE requirement


Freshman
A
General Ed
Feb 2015
Mike is the best. He's super understanding about missed class or anything. He's hilarious and presents all the material great. I would definitely recommend him. 1 midterm, one1nal, 5 quizzes and a paper. TAKE HIM!!


Sophomore
N/A
General Ed
Apr 2015
"At any rate"...best professor you can take at Cal Poly.


Junior
A
Required (Support)
May 2015
BEST history teacher out there. He basically wants to give out A's to everyone. Easy Tess: 1 midterm, 1 final. 1 essay.


Senior
A
General Ed
May 2015
Amazing teacher! Definitely take him for a history class. Hilarious, presents material very clearly. He wants all students to succeed, and is incredibly helpful.


Sophomore
B
General Ed
Jun 2015
Carver is a homie. The guy's pretty funny throughout his lectures and makes some boring topics bearable. Carver understands that most of the people taking the class are there to satisfy their GE requirement and have other classes to stress about. The class was completely doable and fair. Highly recommend taking this guy. He's definitely one of my favorite teachers at Poly.


Sophomore
N/A
General Ed
Jun 2015
Michael Carver is the George Washington of today only with better hair. This man is AWESOME. His accents he uses are hilarious and spot on, his lectures are easy to follow and really funny, and the only person more intelligent than Michael Carver was the person who chose to hire him. He understands that we are all busy and if you talk to him he only wants to help. If I was 10 years older, my life goal would be to become best friends with him. Honestly, this is the best, most talented professor Cal Poly has. Carver for President.


Sophomore
A
General Ed
Jun 2015
If you need this GE, TAKE CARVER!!! Greatest guy ever, and perfect GE class. Understands you have so much other shit going on, and honestly just wants you to like history and not get swamped with work. One midterm, one essay and one final (thats like midterm 2 and isn't cumulative!!!). Seriously, greatest GE I have ever taken. HE IS THE HOOOOOOMIE


Sophomore
B
General Ed
Jun 2015
One of the best professors at Cal Poly. Very knowledgeable and always willing to help. Very helpful in his office hours and never talks down on you. Highly recommend him if you have the chance.


Junior
A
General Ed
Nov 2015
I don't do polyratings, but for Carver I felt like I had to. I couldn't have asked for a better history professor because of his humor, fairness in grading, and understanding that this class is a GE and majority of us don't want to be there. Carver actually made me enjoy learning about history (for the most part, because some history is just too dry and boring), and sympathized with us because many of us didn't care. He doesn't worry about you knowing the dates of events and such, just more the "why" of history and its relevance to events today. He's one of the greatest teachers I've ever had and definitely knows his stuff. Take his class, I guarantee you won't regret it. Also his tests are fairly easy and if you just read his notes (you don't have to take notes!!!) you'll ace the tests.


Junior
N/A
General Ed
Nov 2015
Triple OG. Take him.


Sophomore
A
General Ed
Nov 2015
This professor is legit as hell. He is a gifted speaker and does well carrying the class morale through some of the heavier subjects like the great depression. I rarely attended this class because of some difficult major classes but making quizlet flashcards of the study guides he provides will put you in good shape. Case in point, this guy is a f*cking badass.


Freshman
A
General Ed
Dec 2015
Carver is probably one of the best teachers I have had! I was lucky as a freshman to get blocked into his class. He is very knowledgeable, funny, and overall the class is not difficult. He understands that we have other classes that are more important to us. We did not have to write a paper which was great! He is such a funny guy and really wants his students to do well. The only downfall is that I purchased the book for his class but I did not actually need it for any of the quizzes or tests. Overall he is probably one of the best people ever! Go Big Mike!


Freshman
A
General Ed
Dec 2015
Carver is the best first experience to a college GE professor. He's got a unique sense of humor, and at some points lectures like it's stand-up. He speaks on only relevant information without going off topic, or losing track of what he is lecturing on. Take Carver if you need to fulfill this GE course.


Freshman
A
General Ed
Dec 2015
Carver is definitely one of the best teachers I have ever had. He understands that the class is a survey & general ed and that you don't necessarily want to be there. He doesn't act like this class is your most important class. His lectures aren't super boring, and he always adds his own personal (and often colorful) comments. He's super nice and funny in general. We only had 5 quizzes (which often took < 1 minute to complete), one midterm, and one final (which was not cumulative). In my opinion, this was an easy and stress-free class, so I HIGHLY recommend Carver's HIST 202 class.


Sophomore
N/A
General Ed
Dec 2015
Carver is the fucking homie. He's an OG. Thanks for making a GE fun and understandable.


Freshman
A
General Ed
Jan 2016
Carver was the man! He loves the subject and is actually a really good lecturer. He presents the material well and keeps you interested. His quizzes are so simple and the exams are easy. All you have to do is know a few points about each term.


Freshman
A
General Ed
Feb 2016
Easy fun american history. Cusses sometimes, dances others. History made interesting.


Sophomore
A
General Ed
Mar 2016
Awesome guy with super enteratining lectures. he is very passionate and really cares about his students. If you go to class and listen to lectures, easy to do well! i would highly recommend


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Mar 2016
I took his class last quarter and damn he is my favorite professor of all time. Class is usually two hours long but it isn't much of a problem in his lectures. He thoroughly accepts that being a student may be difficult and works around his own schedule to suit yours. I missed my final (I was dumb and I mixed it with another one of his classes) and I called him about it, BUT he told me it was fine and gave me a time to come in to another class of his to take it. Definitely A+.


Freshman
A
General Ed
May 2016
AWESOME CLASS. Probably best I've had so far at Cal Poly. Carver knows how to teach, makes boring history fun, and midterm and final totally manageable. Awesome dude - would totally take again.


Freshman
A
General Ed
May 2016
Carver is the man. He makes history so fun and hilarious when it needs to be. He is always bringing humor into class to lighten the mood of a general ed class. Make sure to go over class lectures and take notes. When the study guide comes out make sure you know the general points about each topic and you'll be set. IF YOU ARE TRYING TO CRASH: If you are trying to crash just go to class everyday and ask him at the end of class if you can get in. Waitlist doesnt mean anything to him. Its based on if you attend class and are actually participating. Give him a couple weeks to get you a code because he usually has to clear with the board to go above the class limit which he fights for. I think he was a good 10-20+ over limit in my class but there was still seats for everyone.


Freshman
A
General Ed
Jun 2016
Carver is the greatest teacher I have had here at cal poly. His lectures are informative and useful. I could listen to this guy talk for hours he is really entertaining. He does a lot of stuff that makes life easier for his students but harder for him like not requiring a Scantron or Bluebook because he always forget them when he was a student. He even gave his students different options on when and how they take the tests. I definitely have greater understanding of US history and fell like I have actually gained something from taking this class which i can't say for all of my classes. Take Carver, crash his class or just sit in on it its worth it.


Junior
N/A
General Ed
Jun 2016
Carver was one of the best professor's I have had at Cal Poly. He understands that you have other classes. I think I studied about 6 hours before each exam and that was it. Easy Quizzes and manageable tests. This quarter he did 3 versions of the final- M/C, essay and free response. I took free response and since I looked at the study guide, it was super easy. I feel very lucky to have had a class with Carver, he genuinely cares about the needs of his students and wants everyone to do well. This is a GREAT class to take when you have hard classes and need a buffer/fun class to keep your head from falling off. A++++++++++ Professor! Take him if you get the chance! Thanks Dr. Carver!


Junior
A
General Ed
Jun 2016
I would pay good money to see him do a live comedy show, he's just that hilarious. 1000/10 would recommend.


Freshman
A
General Ed
Jun 2016
Why are you even considering taking him, YOU HAVE TO TAKE HIM! I dont think I have ever had a more interesting history class. If you want to actually learn (but take an easy GE) this is your class. If you want to skip class and never show up, this is also your class. Whatever student you are, there is no way you can not succeed in this class.


Sophomore
N/A
General Ed
Dec 2016
IF YOU DON'T TAKE THIS CLASS YOU ARE DUMB. seriously the best teacher at cal poly!! actually made learning history easy and fun and i hate history. the work load is not a lot JUST TAKE THIS CLASS


Sophomore
A
General Ed
Dec 2016
Carver is an amazing professor and I would love to take another class with him! He is one of the best lecturers I've ever had. He's engaging, his lectures are memorable and he's got a great personality. He's very easy to work with, loves to answer questions, and doesn't take himself too seriously. I didn't like history in high school so I didn't have very high expectations, but this class is the first A I've gotten in college and I really do feel like I learned a lot in this class. If you have a chance to take Carver's class, definitely do it.


Senior
A
Elective
Dec 2016
I LOVED Carver's class!! he is so funny and truly cares about his students. other than the time he woke me up in the middle of the night and threatened to "carve me up," it was a really enjoyable class and super easy A!


Senior
A
General Ed
Dec 2016
Carver is the MAN! His midterms are very reasonable. Assigns straight forward homework. Threatened to "carve me up". Very helpful during office hours. Take this class!


Senior
A
Elective
Dec 2016
CARVER IS THE MAN!!!! this guy actually makes history interesting unlike a lot of other professors in the department lol. it was a little unsettling when he told me that i was going to die by his hands but other than that this is by far the best GE i've taken at Poly


Senior
A
General Ed
Dec 2016
Wow, this class is awesome! Never have I been more engaged during lectures, more excited to go to class, or more afraid for my life. Carver does a great job at keeping lessons interesting and settles for nothing less than blood. Every lecture was filled with funny jokes and sharpened knives thrown at random students. Every time I went to office hours Carver was super helpful and stared me in the face, ran his finger across his throat and said "you're next". Other professors need to take a page out of this guy's book, cuz he is the bomb!


Sophomore
A
General Ed
Dec 2016
great class professor killed me tho


Senior
A
General Ed
Dec 2016
This is my last quarter at cal poly and I couldn't be happier that I chose to take this course. As a very logical, scientific and analytic person, history has never been my strong point. However, Professor Carver made every day enjoyable with his witty remarks, quick banter and his ability to make a story of each little history fact. I barely had to study for the exams and received a nearly prefect grade simply because I listened to his stories. I can honestly say that this one one of the best ways to finish off my undergraduate experience with one of the best professors I've ever had.


Freshman
A
General Ed
Dec 2016
HANDS DOWN the best professor i've taken at poly. whether he's making one of his witty jokes, reminding you that death is near, or dancing during class, there is never a dull moment in big mikey carver's class!! his vast knowledge about history, great story-telling ability, and insistence that he would "carve me up" into little bits always kept me on the edge of my seat. super easy A also!! take this class!!!


Senior
A
General Ed
Dec 2016
Look, I've been seein a lot of posts about Carver on this site and I wanted to set the record straight on the man. Will he threaten to "carve you up"? Yes, the man has a penchant for blood like I've never seen. I mean he really is clinically insane. But this is insignifant when you consider how good of a teacher he is. His lectures are amazing and I haven't learned this much in any other class at Poly. Sure, you gotta stay on your toes cuz this guy will hack you to bits the second you let your guard down but trust me, it's completely worth it. Take carver!


Sophomore
A
General Ed
Dec 2016
Carver has an unprecedented poly rating for a reason! He continuously made class interesting and one time on a nice day we even had class outside where he told us all to "run or get carved up." The guy was lenient with his grading and the final was easy as long as you made it to the end of the quarter alive. Definitely would take it again if I didn't value my life!


Freshman
A
General Ed
Dec 2016
Mike is absolutely the greatest! He wants every student to succeed and this is evident in the way that he presents his class material. He makes it very clear what he expects you to know on the midterm and final by providing study guides. If you pay attention in class, you can easily get an A. He sometimes even rounds up grades (I ended the year with an 88.9 and he still gave me an A-)!!!! He has weekly online quizzes but they are very easy - I got 10/10 on every one - and they can help to boost your grade a few points by the end. I would highly recommend this class if you need GE or elective credit because Mike is seriously one of the best professors.


Freshman
A
General Ed
Dec 2016
Take him!! I had to take this class as a GE and he made it fun and basically stress-free. The material was a little boring to me but he is such a great and funny professor. He understands that we have other classes and that most of us are just here because it's a required GE, so he was willing to work with us and help us in any way he could. For the midterm and final he gives you a really helpful study guide that tells you everything that's going to be on the test. Just study that and be semi-attentive in class and you'll be fine. I ended up with an 88.9 but he rounded it up to an A-!


Freshman
A
General Ed
Jan 2017
Carver is the best!!! I genuinely looked forward to going to his class every day. Your grade in the class depends on weekly 5-question online quizzes, attendance, a midterm and a final. The midterm and final are the exact same structure- 50ish multiple choice questions and then 5 short answer problems. The short answer problems were super easy because he gives you 8 people/places/events to choose from and then you only have to write about the 5 you remember the best. He made learning about history really fun and he was HILARIOUS every single lecture (especially the last class and talking about Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky-lol). 10/10 would recommend taking this class as a GE!!


Freshman
A
General Ed
Jan 2017
Dr. Carver, or Mike as he liked to be called because "Dr. Carver" sounds like a serial killer, is amazing and one of the best teachers you could possibly get, especially for a GE class. First, he recognizes that the classs you are taking is a GE and that you probably don't want to be there or put in much effort to pass the class. Your grade is based on easy weekly online 10 point quizzes, the midterm, and the final. There are no essays, and you definitely do not need to read the (online) textbook to pass the class. Everything on the tests are based on his lectures and he gives a study guide of everything that could possibly be on the test beforehand. Mike is also HILARIOUS, super approachable, and really willing to adjust to students wants/needs. Every time he said a cuss word in class, he tallied free points to give us on the midterm/final, and throughout the quarter he canceled 3/10 quizzes for almost no reason at all. I LOVE this guy.


Freshman
A
General Ed
Jan 2017
Carver is an amazing lecturer. Quite possibly one of the best orators I have ever had the pleasure to experience in my entire life. He presents the material extremely well, and presents History in a story-telling way to make the 2 hour class lectures fly by. He is very humorous, and He understands that this is only a GE, so outside class work is kept to a minimal. I never read the textbook (crammed 10+ hour study sessions for the midterm/final though) and still made it out with a solid A. He is very understandable and relational in office hours, and I would really recommend him. He has a very high polyratings for a reason!


Sophomore
A
General Ed
Feb 2017
Not much to say that hasn't been said already. Incredibly engaging lecturer and understands that this class isn't a top priority for most students there. I really enjoyed going to class each day, and the tests were straightforward. Just one midterm and a non-cumulative final. Absolutely take this class if you can.


Freshman
B
General Ed
May 2017
coolest guy ever. didn't take attendance, didnt care about phones. super funny. I would've gotten an A if i showed up more and studied more but honestly would recommend him and his class. Weekly online quizzes that were insanely easy and got an A on all of them. TAKE THIS GUY'S CLASS

HIST 336


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Nov 2014
This guy is hilarious and extremely clever. He bases the grade off of a few quizzes, a midterm, a final, and a final research paper on a topic of your choosing as long as it's related to WWII. He presents all the content very well and keeps it entertaining. He is super personable. TAKE THIS CLASS. Highlights: he goes into accents whenever he talks about Nazi's, Americans, the French, and the British. He is the best professor I've had at Poly thus far.


Senior
A
General Ed
Mar 2015
Not only one of the easiest classes, but one of the most interesting classes I've taken at Cal Poly. Dr. Carver made you want to go to class and he taught the material so well that you barely had to study to get an A on a test. He is the kind of professor that will do whatever he can to help you succeed. It was refreshing to have a professor actually care about his students success. Take him if you can!!!!


Senior
A
General Ed
Apr 2015
Mike is awesome. You can tell he actually cares, loves the material, and is in touch with his students. He does a great job lecturing and brining what could be dry material to life with accents, side notes and humor. This was the only GE I actually looked forward to going to and got something out of because he didn't treat it like a GE he was forced to teach. I wish I could take more classes with Mike


Junior
A
General Ed
Jun 2016
Mr carver makes you want to go to class. He makes history interesting. If you need a D5 definitely take this class. He makes the exams as easy as possible and he's super chill extending deadlines and whatnot.

SOC 596


Graduate Student
A
Elective
Nov 2016
I learned that if I were to take up hunting, I should shoot deer, not bears, because a bear will hunt me back if I successfully wound it. Fascinating! I didnt know that the key to production and operations management was so brutally simple!