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**Review for Art His 27 with Pohl since it's not listed**
I don't have much of an interest in art history, but this was the only GE that fit in my schedule.
The class was pretty straightforward. I didn't feel like I learned anything in lecture since the lectures were very dry and seemed pretty disorganized. The slides only consisted of pictures with absolutely zero words or context. I get it, it's an Art History course, but the pictures literally had just slides on it. Reviewing them wasn't helpful at all.
I bought the required reading material but never read it; I only brought it to discussion when our TA asked us to. I didn't read any of the assigned reading all quarter and I managed just fine.
I learned the most in discussion. My TA Rachel was super nice and seemed like she really cared about how we learned and how we did. She gave us handouts, provided resources, and went over the material from lecture. She helped us get a headstart on our final paper and had a quarter plan to keep us on track with it, which I didn't like the idea of at first but knowing me and my tendency to procrastinate, I really needed it, and it proved to be super helpful!
The midterm was really manageable. He gave essay questions beforehand and picked from those which would be on the midterm. My TA helped us outline answers to some of the questions. You can prepare really well and get a good grade if you just outline the essay questions beforehand.
Final paper was manageable. We had to visit the Getty and take a picture with the piece we chose to write on. It was only 3-4 pages. I wrote it the night before and got an A on it so do with that what you will.
Overall, pretty easy GE. Probably would've liked it more if I liked art history, but I recommend taking it if you're just looking for something easy.
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Professor John Pohl is simply amazing. If there is anyone out there that reminds us of Indiana Jones, it's Dr. Pohl. He is very intelligent and knowledgeable when it comes to Native American art history, anthropology, archaeology, and museum studies. So don't assume this class is centered around art history only. There is no homework aside from pages in the textbook, or research papers assigned to read on a weekly basis. The midterm consists of studying for three essay-based questions, and he chooses two on the mid-term exam day and you write as much as possible for these two questions. The final exam is a research paper that consists of the body of information, notes, bibliography, and illustrations. Start this final paper/exam as soon as you possibly can! This research paper requires time and effort. It was an honor being taught by such an intelligent and well known archaeologist. Do not be afraid to approach him regarding anything. He is very nice, funny, and understanding. I highly recommend taking any of his courses.