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Milford Wolpoff
Professor in the Anthropology department
at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
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Overall Quality
3.8
Average Grade
A+
Hotness
Helpfulness
4.0
Clarity
3.6
Easiness
2.8
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04/29/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
Anthrbio 475 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A+

This class was really interesting. Prof Wolpoff is kind of intimidating at first, but he's really friendly and loves when you go to office hours. His lectures are kind of hard to follow, but only the big ideas will be on the exam. They are also entertaining since he has so many stories about all of the anthropologists you learn about.

04/20/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
Anth365 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He is very enthusiastic and willing to help you. His lecture slides are sometimes hard to understand, but if you are confused you can just ask him and he is willing to answer all questions. You can really tell he loves his field and he makes this class interesting.

11/07/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Anth365 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Professor Wolpoff is one of the best professors I have ever had and is by far my favorite Professor for seminars. I highly recommend his grad level class seminars, they are really interesting and he provides so much interesting information. Taking 365 is a prereq, also enjoyable, but I would definitely recommend taking the seminars!

01/26/2012
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
anbio365 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Having a background in human evolution would make this class much easier. He used a lot of advanced terms and scientific names without explaining. I was always confused in lecture. I had to decipher his slides and learn a lot on my own. The actual info was very interesting once I figured it out though! Discussion is great. Readings arent necessary.

12/11/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
Bio365 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Very enthusiastic and is a leader in the anthrobio field. But if you don't have a general interest in the topic it can be a little difficult and uninteresting.

12/04/2011
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
ANTHR365 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Wolpoff is hands down my favorite professor at U-M. He is fun to listen to, with good and interesting stories that add to the content of his lectures. The books are a bit hefty and hard to get through - they are quite dense, but overall it's a good experience from start to finish.

07/18/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
abio569 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I really liked him as a professor. He did get off on tangents at times, but I think he made up for it in his grading. I took a grad level class with him and I got an A.

03/11/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
anth365 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I took a few classes with Wolpoff during my undergrad and he was my favorite professor at UofM. The class is not difficult as long as you study prior to the exams. Lectures were enjoyable and interesting!

12/30/2009
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
Anthr365 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Wolpoff is tough and his lectures are disorganized but i really enjoyed the class. It was very interesting and I learned a lot! Just be prepared to work hard for an "A"! I had a great GSI too so that helped a lot! I'd recommend 365 if you are an Anthrbio major/minor.

11/26/2008
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
ANTHR365 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I was very excited to take this class, but I regret it. His lectures are ridiculous, CANNOT follow them. Lab did not help at all, it is a class of its own. Though he seems like a great person, always happy and wanting you to ask questions. But people are so lost they don't know what to ask. Only thing I understood was HIS theory of evolution...

04/06/2008
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
anthr365 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

totally unable to understand what he talks about, class would be impossible without the study guide

01/29/2008
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
ANTHR365 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Wolpoff knows his stuff, but he is so knowledgable that I feel as though he doesn't realize his students are not as knowledgable. The lectures are very dull.

12/24/2007
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
banth365 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Tests were straight forward. Easy lab section. Wolpoff is amazing. Entertaining and funny but the lectures can be hard to follow. Definitely recommend him though. Also, the GSIs were great.

12/10/2007
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
anthr365 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

He is extremely knowledgeable and has a sense of humor. Very interesting course, although his lectures aren't always very structured. Definitely worth taking his courses, he is world-renowned in the field.

12/15/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
Anthr365 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Wolpoff is a very knowledgeable professor-- he has been working in his field of study for decades. His lectures are quite interesting. However, he bombards you with information and does not stress what's important. As a result, the exams are fair, but only because you are given a study guide--I wouldn't have passed the class without them.

08/04/2006
average
2 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
bioanth 368 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

wouldnt even let people read the paper during class. ask him about mitochondrial DNA--he loves it. not a bad class except he picked course material that supported his minority (and not well accepted) view of human evolution.

12/12/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
Bioanthro 565 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Easily the best professor I've had on campus because of his knowledge, skills and style.

09/27/2005
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
bioanth 365 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Wolpoff is a good guy, the class itself was just not one of my favs. If you have to take the class you could do worse.

12/07/2004
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
Anthrobio 365 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Wolpoff is an excellent instructor but his lectures often deviate from what he meant to talk about in that time. Nevertheless he is always very excited to be there and always a hoot

12/01/2004
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
AnthrBio365 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Nice prof with a good sense of humor, but his lectures are really unstructured and difficult to follow.

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