Fall 2020 - Prof. Cattelino is an amazing professor! I took this class because it was a pre-req for my major but afterwards, I enjoyed it so much that I decided to pick up an anthropology minor! She is extremely understanding of these "unprecedented times" and allowed students who missed quizzes (for whatever reasons) to make them up often, and she even gave everyone a 5% grade boost at the end of the quarter because she knows this was a rough few months for everyone. The readings are a lot of work and very time-consuming, so if you don't want to dedicate a lot of time to this class, maybe don't take it- but I found the readings super interesting. The essays may seem very daunting and vague at first, but my TA was extremely helpful and broke down the prompt/how to write an anthropology paper in section. I think the grade breakdown was 25% for both midterm and final papers, 30% for weekly quizzes (lowest dropped), and 20% for participation during section. Highly recommend this class!
Cattelino is a good professor compared to most GE professors. She is very nice and willing to help. The class is pretty straightforward and easy... exams were easy and I scored As on them without much work. The essays were the most difficult part... talk to your TAs about your ideas beforehand to make sure you are on the right track. Overall, a good, interesting, and fairly easy course.