Introduction to American Indian Studies
Winter 2020 - Nabokov is an interesting person, and you can tell that he clearly has a passion for the subject he teaches. My TA was Carlie, and she was an absolute gem. The workload can be a little heavy with the readings, but I found it to be manageable. This quarter, our midterm and final were take-home essays, though usually I believe the final is a two-part test with MC and short answer questions. My major criticisms of this class are the professor's lack of organization and communication with students and TAs, as well as the scope of material of the course. Throughout the quarter, the professor altered the due dates, structure and expectations for submitted work significantly (including the final), which made it stressful for TAs and students that didn't know what to expect or what to plan for. Additionally, this course was pretty history intensive, and I would've appreciated more time spent on modern-day Native Americans and Native American culture. Despite these drawbacks, I don't regret taking the course, and I do feel like I have learned more about Native American Studies.