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Joe Kunkel
Professor in the Political Science department
at Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN
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Overall Quality
3.3
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Helpfulness
3.1
Clarity
3.5
Easiness
3.1
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05/09/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
pols 111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

lectures bore you to the point of death. workload is easy enough. I only wish I didnt have to show up to class. Learned more from the book in all honesty.

01/17/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
POL414 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Kunkel is an excellent professor. While you'll have a lot of reading to do, class discussions are always good and helpful

01/03/2013
average
2 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
Elect1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I wish kunkdog would run for the special election to fill terry morrows seat. He's definitely tough enough to do it and I'm sure able and competant enough to run a competitive race. He could even steal a few votes from the republican precincts west of st. Pete if he emphasized his German heritage and conservative demeanor.

04/05/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
POL111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Joseph Kunkel is an amazing teacher. Many complain that he is a bit dry, but if you pay attention he is actually quite witty and is obviously passionate about the subject. Pol 111 is the easiest A in the world. Everything is off of the study guide for tests, and he even offers extra credit. Plus he's brilliant.

12/14/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
pol111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

This guy offers A LOT of extra credit. Just show up and do all of the work and you should get a good grade. He will suggest that you get the my polisci lab, but I never used it and still got an A.

11/27/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
POL111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Nice guy but lectures are somewhat dry. Attendance isn't mandatory but he does give answers to the quiz if you're there on quiz day. Fairly easy class. Used the text for quizzes and study guides.

04/28/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
POLI111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

I had to take this class to graduate, and since politics is Martian to me, I was expecting an C+. His notes are posted on D2L, and his homework is to read ahead a chapter. In the end, with his teaching I got a B+. His quizzes and tests are based off his notes.

11/16/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
POLSALL Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I've taken almost everything Dr. Kunkel teaches, so trust me: Joseph Kunkel III is the man! His lectures are interesting, even when the material is not. His tests are easy: he gives you a study guide that includes 100% of what will be on the test. The outlines he has you do are free points. Any of his classes are an easy A. AND GO TO ITALY WITH HIM

12/09/2008
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
POLS422 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He had a hard time keeping up with the material. We spent more time on random discussion than anything. Which is great until you have to scour books looking for things that he never covered. He gives extra credit assignments, which is great. The outlines are tedious. He gives HUGE study guides. Amazing class. A lot of material. Great prof.

12/01/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
POLElec Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

One of the greatest teachers MSU has. He knows politics, and has taught me more than I ever thought I would know about campaigns, and he gave me a chance meet several well known politicians. He is not only a great teacher, but a great person to have in the Mankato community. MSU is lucky to have him as a teacher.

08/28/2008
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
POL312 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

The courses that he teaches are very fun and have alot of potental information but, i think he tries to cover to much in to little of time. More focus should be spent on certain criteria of the Course

04/15/2008
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
POLS312 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Kunkel is a good professor who knows the subject material extremely well. While the tests may not be easy, they are certainly manageable. If you are having difficulty in the class, just ask Joe for help. He's always been more than willing to answer my questions.

01/21/2008
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
POL111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

I'm a good student, I go to class and study hard for tests. I found this class to be very difficult. Your grade is based on 4 tests, which are based some on his notes and a lot on the book. The tests are very hard. Unless you have a high interest in poli sci or are required to take this class like I was, I recommend passing it up.

07/30/2007
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
Pol111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Agree with poster below me. Classes are easy enough if you show up and pay attention when he changes slides. After all, he does give you the power point slides on paper as well. Great professor, tried to keep things light even around delicate topics.

05/08/2007
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
POLS111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Kunkel is a great professor who really knows the subject material, and the class was very interesting. For those who claim it was too difficult, that is just b.s. Come to class, do the worksheets, and you'll be fine.

05/04/2007
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
POLS473 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Joe is AMAZING! If you put any effort in, you cannot help but get an A in his class. Plus, he looks like the monopoly guy!

04/25/2007
good
2 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
POLY111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

This is supposed to be one of the most basic gov classes. I don't think he knows that. If you have A.D.D. don't take this class because you won't be able to concentrate during his marathon 80 question tests. I don't recommend this class for people who aren't required to take it, unless you like taking electives that feel like level 300 classes.

12/07/2006
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
Poll111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

This class in manditory for several majors, even if you have no intrest in the class at all! so i thought with that, this class way way harder than it needed to be. overall Mr. Kunkel is a good teacher, the class just sucks...

06/22/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
pol 111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

very well done class. I am not interested in politics, he made is very interesting.

05/12/2006
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
POL 111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Not great but not terrible. TA runs study session but does a good job. Notes can be downloaded so you dont always have to show up. Not crazy about the mustach though.

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