Craig Clifford - Tarleton State University

Professor: Craig Clifford
Department: Philosophy
College: Tarleton State University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL3311
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Clifford is extremely unprofessional and rude. As other people mention, if you arent doing well he will mock you in front of other students. When i asked for help on an assignment because i was struggling with my mental health he said i was better off dropping the class. this was in the first 3 weeks of the 16 week class. Dont take him.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: POL3311
  • Grade Received: C-
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He is very talk heavy and very republican, like very right wing strong. And if you are not doing well, he'll make fun of you. His course is very book heavy, and most of the time is him talking about his opinions. I do not reccommend him in the slightest and if you are going to take him? Be ready to deal with some rather annoying tests and quizzes.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL3311
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Teaches philosophy classes with heavy conservative emphasis. Hes literally Said : Hes glad America isnt a true Democracy. He said this in regards to the public vote determining presidential elections.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: HNRS285
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Takes pride in being the only B students ever get. Do the readings and hope you understand them. He has a very specific mindset and if you don't agree he will count you off. 2 essay exams that he wants you to take a long time on. Ridiculous expectations on weekly quizzes. Good luck.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: HNRS1185
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: No
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He brought in guest speakers nearly every week, and if you have an open mind, they could be interesting to listen to, but there was no grading criteria for the class. He said once that 80% is participation, 15% is final exam, and 5% is assignments, but he changed those numbers the next week. You miss more than one class for ANY reason, you fail.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: HNRS285
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Was very disappointed in the class. I typically enjoy rigorous academic challenges, but the expectations in this class are absolutely unattainable...Dr. Clifford also does not respond to student emails, although he has told me he does receive them, which I find quite disrespectful.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: PHILO101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Most boring class and difficult class you will ever take in your like. Each test grade he returned to me were like daggers digging into my icy flesh. He's pretty hot though...
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL2013
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Took his logical reasoning class as an elective. One of the best classes and best professors at Tarleton. You think you are going to memorize and regurgitate some facts? YOU WILL NOT. You actually have to think and use your mind in this class. Loved it. Got the highest grade. The logical reasoning skills you will acquire from this class rock.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He is a very good teacher for a very difficult subject. My advice for his class would be show up, take notes, and read the assignments. He may seem rude but its his sense of humor so do not take it the wrong way
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Cliffords class was extremely difficult, the text was used very much and everyone should purchase it.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL285
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He's really tough, but he has a hilarious sense of humor if you understand it. He's a good teacher truly interested in teaching students, but comes from a much harder time (collegiately) and wants to challenge students more. He will purposefully make it hard, but you'll be all the better for it.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: HNRS285
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Very monotone and material is already abstract, making it very hard to stay focused. Quizzes and assigned readings were ridiculously hard. But I did learn a lot in the class though.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Hard class, but one of the most valuable I've ever taken. Chose it as an elective and although it was somewhat mentally demanding, it was so worth it. He has a dry sense of humor and can come off like an ass but just go to class and participate in a discussion every now and then (even if you think you're wrong) and he will appreciate your contribution. Cheap books too.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: PHILALL
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
many say he will shoot down opinions different from his but not necessarily if they are well thought out and developed he will however play the devils advocate and question EVERYTHING you assert if you know him or have had him more than once you will know its bc he loves Plato and the Socratic Method His classes were great prep for law school Thanx
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I took this class a while back and can now say: Students who read the texts, listen well to the lectures, and get involved in the conversation will be thinking about the concepts discussed in Prof Clifford's class for the rest of their lives.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: LOGIC101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
This class is common sense mixed with termonolgy. At least so far. I thought I was doing well but my first test grade was a 64 :(
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: PHILPHIL
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
We studied Gadamer's "Truth and Method" NOT EASY. NOT IN THE LEAST. But, Dr. Clifford, though not totally clear, was not totally impossible. His classes are not easy, but thats not because he is a bad professor. He expects you to learn the material. Though his standards are very high, he is by all means a good man.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL403
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Best teacher at Tarleton by far. Has minimum expectations of students like removing hat in the classroom, read the book, study, don't talk while others are speaking. (pretty elementary stuff) But the class is rigorous (think two hours a night reading/studying) but well worth the effort. You read some of the best philosophical works ever written, y
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I've taken ever class Dr. Clifford offers at TSU. I firmly believe that his courses should be required for all students as you learn much more than is stated in the course description. From reading these reviews, I would say many of you missed the point. If you're always about the grade and never about the content, you should skip this professor.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: PHIL101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
If you like to participate in class discussions, he will do everything he can to make you feel like an idiot. If you DON'T like to participate in class discussions, he will STILL attempt to make you look like an idiot. He seems to have very traditional views and doesn't invite any opinions that differ from his.Huge emphasis on punctuality/attendanc
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