You know that nervous but eager feeling you get at the start of each semester, when you look at your schedule and the professors you got and wonder how much truth there is to those reviews you read on ratemyprofessors.com? You might also ponder on what the catalog description of the course really means. Maybe you’re not a Communications major but you’ve thought about taking a course in the field just to get a taste of what ComS has to offer. Whatever your situation is, getting some insight into what some courses are like can answer some of your questions and make you feel a little more confident about giving them a shot.
If you’ve ever wondered what your peers think about your class, lucky for you we’ve compiled some student info on what the benefits and perks are to a ComS class you may be in or are looking forward to taking. Here are some thoughts on Communication courses available at Sac State from students just like you!
First we begin with Sharon Castillo, she is a sophomore majoring in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations. She is taking a few upper division classes including MKTG 101, COMS 100A, and COMS 100C.
1. How did you feel about the courses in the beginning of the semester?
"So far MKTG 101 has been the most challenging because I have never taking a marketing class before. Coms 100A and Coms 100C are pretty easy because I have taken classes that almost teach the same thing. So it's more like a run-through of the subjects."
2. What's the level of intensity of the courses?
On a scale from 1-10, Sharon rates her MKTG 101 class at an 8 while her other two classes fall a little lower on the scale at 5 out of 10.
3. What are your likes and dislikes of the courses?
"Given that my MKTG 101 class is pretty difficult, my professor does not give study guides. In my Coms 100A class, I dislike my professor because he is too unnecessarily opinionated."
4. Are the classes at all how you expected? How are they or are not what you expected?
Lucky for Sharon, she went for a tool we must admit most of us use so she wouldn't really have much surprises. "I searched ratemyprofessor.com and they are exactly how I expected them to be."
5. What are you looking forward to learning about or doing in your coms classes?
Sharon says she is looking forward to using formulas to correlate research data, as she’s been learning about in her Coms 100C class.
At the end of the interview, Sharon shared with us a piece of advice we should already know comes with college but we sometimes forget or don’t think it’s vital. To survive these courses or any for that matter, Sharon says, “Definitely read the textbook!”
Following Sharon, we have Senior Shelly Sharma who is enthralled by her senior seminar- ComS 187. “Intensity level- very low, but I like that we do a lot of hands on work and presentations!”
She also mentions that her professor, Andrew Stoner, really creates a great atmosphere
“It's a really easy and chill class though, but I think that's because of the professor.”
Last but not least, we have Michael Ballard who is in Coms 118. He said “[It is] low intensity, but that could be the professor, like learning about the life experience of the professor.”
Ballard is a senior Communications Studies student, and actually really enjoys group work, but sometimes finds it a little hard to really dive into the Public Relations pedagogy.
“Group work is easy, but he rambles on about various topics and is out of the loop on current trends which is a barrier when learning about different possibilities with public relations.”