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Calvin Troup
Professor in the Communication department
at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA
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Overall Quality
3.3
Average Grade
A
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.1
Clarity
3.4
Easiness
2.7
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
0
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Rating Class Comment
10/29/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Interpersonal Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Great class to take with a great professor. A lot of busy work for this class but overall a great class to take

09/03/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
Comm 102 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

It is better to consider other professors to take a public speaking class. In his class, you will be writing and reading much more rather than the speeches them selves.

06/18/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
COMM103 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Don't take his class unless you want several hours each week handwriting multiple page journal responses to mundane, irrelevant, and mind-numbing readings that are often characterized by nothing germane to the class other than it tickled the professors fancy. Why am I reading theological discourse by CS Lewis in a communication class?

01/09/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
COMM201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Troup is an inspiring guy. He has such a vast knowledge base and is just brilliant. His ideas that he'd present in class always had me thinking for a while after I'd already left the class. The slight difficulty is DEFINITELY worth it.

07/01/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
comm201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Dr Group did a great job teaching comm 201. He is knows his field and loves to get others interested in it. The books that we read were appropriate and thought provoking. I recommend taking Dr Troup.

12/19/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
COMM201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I had Dr. Troup for Comm. in a technological age, and loved the class. He is big on class discussion, and the work was not hard. Extrememly time consuming, but not hard. He had the TAs do most of the grading, but he did all the teaching. Not as easy a grader on midterms and finals as he is for everything else, beware.

08/25/2009
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
commtech Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

I had him for a communication technology class. He's a nice guy and the class wasn't too difficult. It was time consuming in terms of reading and journals but the information wasn't hard to understand. The class was kind of repetitious but I'd take him again.

07/27/2009
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
COMM300 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

The teacher was friendly and willing to help. The class was not as much work as everyone seems to say. There were journals due once a week, but they only had to be a page long and they didn't take that long to do. If you skim through the material you're able to do the work. He is an easy grader. The only bad thing was he kept us late.

11/09/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
InterPCom Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Troup enjoys teaching and understands the material very well. This was one of my all time favorite classes. He thinks and challenges you to think.

05/18/2008
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
Comm103 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

The class is easy if you do the journals well every week. The mid term was easy because of the study guide that was given. At the end of the term, he will give you the choice to take the final or not, so do good throughout the semester so you dont have to take the final.

04/07/2008
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
HumanComm Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Wouldn't suggest taking this class if you have a really full schedule. Content matter was actually very interesting, but the readings and professor approached it in an overly biased way. More importantly, there's a journal due every week which is very long and Hand-Written. Most likely by far the most work you will be doing during your semester.

10/25/2007
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
Comm201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

I'd advise against taking this class. Take it only if you have nothing else to do. You will be doing a lot of work not pertinent to human comm. You will be writing a lot(not typing) and reading a lot(of bad books). He lectures like an annoyingly excited child that rambles on forever. He gets excited about the class but you won't. Avoid if possible.

12/26/2006
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
Commhist Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Wow this class was really a lot of work. His lectures are interesting, and he shows movie clips to relate to current day. Generally though the grading is unfair in the class, and the TA's do it all. There's extra credit at the end, which is really what saves people. Seems passionate about the subject, but wayyy too much work for a 300-level

12/07/2006
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
COMM103 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Troup is one of my all time favorite teachers! His class does require more work than other comm 103 classes, but its worthwile! The information taught was relevent to life and it was really interesting! Take his class!!! A's are not hard to get.

09/10/2006
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Comm301 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He is an excellent teacher. There's lots of work to be done, journals and papers, but if you do well on that and his tests which are not hard if you study and go to class. He has powerpoint notes posted and tells you whats on the exam. I thoroughly enjoyed this guy and it was not too hard to get an A.

02/17/2006
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
5 Easiness
history of comm Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Can anyone say "tool time!!!" A real tool box himself. full of himself. Likes to hear himself talk. A real wind bag of nothingness.

01/18/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
COMM Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Welcome to college folks - if it was easy, you'd already know it all. For those who are in college to waste time or money, this class isn't for you. Troup does an excellent job at teaching the class on a number of levels. The information taught is relevant yet textured enough to get your hands in it. Certainly worth the cost of Duquesene credits.

01/08/2006
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
5 Easiness
Comm Hist Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

The most pretentious, boring, long-winded professor I've ever met. Sorry, Dr. Troup, but you are not God's gift to college students! His class was a waste of my life.

12/16/2005
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
hum comm Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

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11/02/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
History of Comm Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Even though the class is a lot of work, he is such a nice guy and he tries his best to make the content interesting. I think he's a great professor; understanding, fun, and intelligent.

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