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Alexander Benitez
Professor in the Anthropology department
at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
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Overall Quality
3.1
Average Grade
A
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.3
Clarity
2.9
Easiness
2.8
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05/07/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
ANTH307 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A

Great professor! He's very mellow and has a dry, subtle sense of humor. If you do ALL the reading and complete the entire study guides, you will do fine on the tests. He offers 12 points of extra credit on tests so what would normally be a C test turns into an A test! There's a lot to learn about Mesoamerica, but he makes it very interesting.

12/11/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
ANTH 301 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

This professor does not play! Attend his classes and read all the articles. We were assigned one book. His exams are crazy! Even though you do your reading and do the study guides, most of it is not on the exams. good luck to all who have to take him next semester.

11/12/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
ANTH 323 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

This professor? Heinous. He is very rude to students, keeps them over class time, is late himself, & is melodramatic. Benitez believes he is God's gift to Anthropology. He does not tell you what will be on the test & composes all trick questions. I finally did myself a favor & withdrew. Heed my warning, or you will deeply regret taking this class.

10/28/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
ANTH 301 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Professor Benitez is exceedingly helpful. He takes and interest in students who show an interest in the subject matter. If you attend class you'll definitely improve your chances of getting a good grade.

05/17/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
HIST 398 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

I took a Study Abroad Class with Professor Benetiz. He is a bit hard to approach but just try to find some common ground and you'll be fine. The books were helpful. Their is a 12 page paper which is a bit intimidating. I suggest writing about something interests you and start as soon as you arrive in the states. Ultimately it was a good course.

05/04/2013
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
ANTH 307 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Tends to keep class over, test were hard but always material that was covered in the class or covered in the study guide he gave out for each test. Strongly values respect from students and will call you out if you aren't.

04/29/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
ANTH 307 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

VERY disrespectful of students: just did not show up at all one day w/out emailing students, late every day, does not answer emails, disorganized, plays favorites with people who help with his research outside of class, is vindictive and fussy if you have to leave early or skip class, asks about his personal research and interests on exams

04/28/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
ANTH 307 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Oh, and also, when you find yourself saying to the class "The exams were horrible", especially when they've also done badly on the first exam, that's more of a reflection on you as a "professor", not the students.

04/28/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
ANTH 307 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Will tell you to study one thing, then tests on something completely different. Is catty and immature. Claims that lecture material is on the exams, but it isn't. Will only email certain people about things, because he only likes students who kiss up to him. Gets highly offended if you, god forbid, have to leave his class to get somewhere else.

03/02/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
ANTH 400-001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Knows information, takes many questions. Always late, runs class over, disorganized. He’s childish, students have left class early because he runs over time, he will disrupt the class further by stopping and waiting until student leaves, refuses to acknowledge them in later classes. Not very professional. Had 4 classes with him, no more hopefully

02/21/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
ANTH307 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Keeps you behind even after class is supposed to end. If you start to pack up and leave, even if you have another class on the other side of campus, he'll get really offended. Doesn't understand that people have OTHER PLACES TO GO. Flips around on the powerpoints, so you never get to finish writing the notes.

12/21/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
ANTH307 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

I took his Mesoamerican course. I was attempting an ANTH minor but decided against it because of him. His tests are impossible and his thoughts are so jumbled so its hard for him to teach at ALL. He goes through powerpoints lightning fast but doesn't allow typing. Failed both exams and didnt bother to take last one. BEWARE or good luck.

12/05/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
ANTH301 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Professor Benitez is one of the worst professors I have had in all of college (and I spent time at three different universities). He's disorganized, never returns assignments on time, and though he requires 60+ pages of PDF reading each week, he barely knows the material. He tests on arbitrary information. I do not recommend taking a class with him

12/11/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
ANTH301 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I have a minor in Native american studies and therefore had to take his class. You spend most it hearing the politics of contemporary Native American issues. While this is relevant to contemporary Native culture, he did not spend time on native culture at all. This is an anthropology course where you are SUPPOSED to be learning about the culture!!

01/27/2011
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
NAIS201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Regretted he was the one teaching this course this year (2010)! Extremely inexperienced! Unorganized! Very distrustful of students, not respectful! Immature! Obviously knows his field of Mesoamerican archeology and has connection with NMAI, but shouldn't be teaching an interdisciplinary course. If you can, wait to take with someone else.

04/16/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
ANTH120 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Great guy. Anth 120 was a required course and yeah, he's a tough grader, but he throws in extra credit a lot. he's fair and if you've come to class and done the readings, you'll do fine. And ask questions. He loves class participation, and it's a great way to get on his good side.

09/24/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
Anth430 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 4 classes with him and gotten all A+'s. Go to class (he takes attendance), do the readings, study, whatever. If you don't understand, ask. I take as many courses with him as I can.

02/13/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
Anth307 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 had him for 3 classes so far, and i've gotten all a's. Yes, he gets off topic, but who cares, he knows what he's talking about! And yeah, he's a stickler for facts and can be a hard grader. But you're paying for college so do the work!

01/21/2008
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
ANTH120 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

This was a hard class because his lectures were hard to follow and he's a tough grader. His exams are hard even if he gave you a study guide (with like 200 questions). I would avoid him if you are not willing to show up to every lecture and read 100 pages every night and put in an insane amount of effort.

12/09/2007
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
ANTH420 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Funny guy. Gets off topic often. Expects a lot of reading done by students-- but, it was a 400 level class... hard to reach via e-mail.

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