Gosh, where do I even start? This woman is completely unprofessional, and rude. She repeatedly would come late to class, sending students emails about how "sunset is very bad," and that she was still stuck in traffic. When she did show up to class, she would usually talk about herself, or some other irrelevant thing. She would constantly put students on blast if they didn't do a homework assignment correctly, and she made the class learn the Armenian alphabet within the first TWO WEEKS of the quarter!!! She has ridiculous demands for learning the language, and would cancel her Friday classes for her own conveniences and try to make us think she was doing us the favor. Also, get this, she INTERRUPTED the class during our final to read us her Facebook status about feminism. I can't believe this woman is a professor at this university. And if you do take her, or have taken her, she has a thing for male students and always lets them pass on turning in assignments late but would blatantly hold female students to a different standard. She caters to native Armenian speakers and claims she "works with" those who are not so great at the language, yet she would fly through lecture material so fast that we'd have to have several "reviews" to even keep up with material. I can't believe I wasted a quarter with this woman. She seems charming, welcoming, and open to students but I had to learn the hard way that this was just a first-day impression. Terrible professor. Warning: if you do know Armenian and are looking for an easy A, take this class, but she tries to intimidate you into taking her much more difficult Armenian courses in her other series. She claims that if you act like you don't know Armenian and she "feels" as if you have lied to stick around in the class, she will "resent" you. Whatever that means. What's it to her anyway? She has no right to do that. Good luck if you're considering this professor, not many choices out there, so take your pick.
Professor Keshishian has been one of the very few professors who has truly touched my heart and instilled in me not only passion for learning Armenian, but also passion for literature and art in general. Her amazing character coupled with her great intellect has also inspired me to become more aware of my surroundings whether they relate to education, art, or the overall society. Her style of teaching is unlike any other. She brings forward insightful ideas into the course and opens up conversations through which students not only practice their Armenian speaking skills, but also learn to think about such ideas IN Armenian. It is because of professor Keshishian that I am now able to speak, write, and TYPE in Armenian without feeling embarrassed. I will forever be thankful to her for also giving me a base for knowing the Armenian history and culture, through which I am now able to feel a great sense of belonging in the Armenian community. Everyone, regardless of the amount of their knowledge in Armenian, should take at least one of her courses. I assure you that it will be life-changing.
she is terrible. so rude, unprofessional and tactless. She thinks she is the most educated and the most "literate" person ever. You need to keep her in her frame or else she will get out of them lol. The department definitely needs to make some changes about this creature that without any doubt lacks manners and professionalism.
Fall 2015 - Most phenomenal, inspirational, eye-opening professor at UCLA. This women has dedicated her entire life to teaching, and it shows. She mentions that if she could, she would sleep in the classroom. Going to class, I feel like I've entered the home of a genuinely warm family member. In class, we sing, recite poetry, act out plays, have hilarious discussions, and learn about our culture and language. You will never be afraid to speak up, and state whatever is on your mind. There will be homework but it's all doable. We had 1 vocabulary test, just make flashcards, everyone pretty much gets an A. We were going to have a second vocal test as our final, and she told us to write our grades on a slip of paper, and if the majority of us were honest and wrote the grade she believed we deserved than we would not have a vocab test. Apparently we were honest enough so we didn't have a final. What other class can you imagine this happening in? Certainly not in neuroscience. If you don't take any other class at UCLA, as an Armenian, do yourself a favor and take this class. It will be the best class you'll take your entire academic career.
Winter 2018 - Professor Keshishian is simply amazing. Without a single doubt, 105B is the best class I've ever taken. The class itself is very interesting, well, at least for me it was. The quarter consists of reading and analyzing different stories/poems written by famous Armenian authors, as well as learning new vocabulary words. Do not hesitate to take her class, even if you believe your Armenian is not strong enough. The professor is very patient and understanding; she does not expect everyone to be on the same level. I decided to minor in Armenian studies after taking her class for the very first time. My sister has also taken this class and she was very happy as well. Aside from all I've mentioned above, you will meet some amazing people. It's a great opportunity to make friends who come from the same culture and share similar values.