Russel Rhoads - Grand Valley State University

Professor: Russel Rhoads
Department: Anthropology
College: Grand Valley State University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: ANT204
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
He is my favorite professor at GVSU! He is nice and understanding. Homework is pretty light, and he is a fair grader. His classes are really interesting and you will learn a lot.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: ANT345
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Really cares about students, super nice. I got to learn about interesting topics outside of my major. Amazing choice for an issues course. Super easy and Russel is the sweetest person ever.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: ANT204
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Honestly this class was a super easy A, but there was really no point of going unless we were doing an activity in class, which he tells you beforehand. Most of the class was just him ranting about random stuff, sweet guy, but really unnecessary. Exams were online, so easy. Big grade is group project at end that isn't really explained well.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: ANT204
  • Grade Received: C+
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Is very unorganized and is hard to find assignments dude because he has so much stuff on his blackboard. Tough grader WOULD NOT TAKE
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: ANT204
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Rhoads is a very nice guy. He is so sweet and caring. His lecture style is participation based, it's best to take him at a time of day people are willing to talk (Not a Monday 6-9). Lectures at night are boring because no one is willing to participate, making the class not as interesting as it should be. I enjoyed taking him.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: ANT204
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He is so caring and kind, but having him on a Monday 6-9 was not the best choice! He has a very monotone voice which makes this class hard to listen to because it is late at night. I wish this class was not a 6-9 because it would be so much more engaging. Your expectations are clear, his lectures are just confusing at times. It is an easy A!!
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: ANT204
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He's an okay dude, I'm taking his 6-9 Cultural Anthropology class and it's hell on earth. He is very passionate about what he teaches and it is kind of extreme, he's picky on what he wants in his assignments. He overly explains EVERYTHING. This class is interesting but not on a Monday night.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: ANT204
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
He is very nice. The class itself was very boring, and his teaching was very disorganized. If you want to actually learn about anthropology, dont take him. If you want an easy A, take him.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: ANT346
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Great professor. I had this class as a hybrid and every week when assignments were due, he went above and beyond in giving explanations to why you got the grade you did. He has a real love for anthropology and it shows! 2 projects, one that was a group. Did not take too much time out of my scheudle
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: ANT345
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Rhoads is probably one of the nicest professors that I have had at GVSU. His lectures do tend to get a little boring if you are not interested in what he has to say, however he will keep a smile on his face And continue. He genuinely cares about the students and is extremely understanding. His project instructions are sometimes vague.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: ANT204
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I really enjoyed Prof. Rhoads's lectures when I went in. This was one of two courses I had this semester where I felt comfortable skipping, and I would only miss his personal stories from his fieldwork. He puts most of his lecture into powerpoints, and gives almost every handout in class. He's also a really nice guy, generally speaking.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: ANT204
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Rhoads is a really nice guy. His lectures can be very boring at times, but the material in the course was interesting. We had two exams, the midterm and final, and both were online. Most of the grade is dependent on the final project, but he gives you all semester to work on it.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: ANT204
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Great Professor! Anyone taking ANT 204 this is the professor you want! He is really nice and keeps the lectures interesting. He is a fair grader so you do not have to worry about your GPA in this course. I learned a lot from him and it was just a fun course overall. Online midterm that you do at home and take-home final exam essays.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: ANT204
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Rhoads was an amazing professor that helped me easily get a Gen Ed course out of the way. There was no test involved just a final group project. He grades very fairly and you really just need to show up and listen to pass. Wish I could take his class again. Amazing.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: ANT204
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I would take this class again but only because it fulfills two gen ed requirements. He is a nice guy but expectations were often unclear and he was extremely unorganized. My blackboard was always overflowing with irrelevant material that we never got to in class . Long lectures and he often runs out of time. Lots of group work but its an easy A.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: ANT345
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
There are a bunch of reading and discussion board assignments but no exams. Most of your grade comes from a group project at the end but it's very easy and straightforward. He's a fun professor and a very chill guy.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: ANT204
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
There are a lot of homework and reading assignments. They are easy and short and most of the time interesting. 40% of your points are the final project. Super caring professor and understanding of college students.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: ANT204
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Russ knew what he was talking about and shared his experiences with you. He made things clear and there wasn't a lot of homework. Very understanding and helpful. Take him!
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: ANT204
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
To be completely honest I'm a nursing student and was busy enough as it is and Professor Rhoads required a lot of work outside of the class (a massive group project that required you to go to events, a ridiculous amount of reading, etc.) His lectures didn't cover anything on the exams, he required lots of group work which I really didn't like.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: ANT204
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Professor Rhoads is a great professor to take for this class! All his exams are online and he gives you study guides for each of them. One group project that you are able to gradually work on over the course of the semester. If you do the homework, turn things in on time, and put in effort, you'll get an A.
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