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Mark Elrod
Professor in the Political Science department
at Harding University, Searcy, AR
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Overall Quality
3.3
Average Grade
C-
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.1
Clarity
3.4
Easiness
2.1
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12/11/2014
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
PSCI-1330-0 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A
"Tests are tough" "Respected by students" "Hilarious"

Once you get past his sarcasm, he's an awesome, hilarious teacher and is very knowledgable in his field and is very good at teaching it. Compared to other freshman level classes, though, his first year Politics class is difficult.

12/11/2014
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
PSCI-1330-0 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A
"Tests are tough" "Hilarious" "Respected by students"

Once you get past his sarcasm, he's an awesome, hilarious teacher and is very knowledgable in his field and is very good at teaching it. Compared to other freshman level classes, though, his first year Politics class is very difficult.

12/08/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
POLS 1330 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A
"Would take again"

Took him for US Government and Politics. I thought it was extremely easy. You write 4 2-page papers, all pretty easy. There are 4 tests including the final. He emails you the powerpoint notes before each section and they are filled out with a couple blank spaces in them to fill in. Tests are all multiple choice. He was laid back, funny, and nice.

03/23/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
POLS202 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A

Dr. Elrod was definitely one the best teachers at Harding. He was certainly difficult, but you'd learn a great deal and he put much effort into his work. I will sure miss him.

03/17/2014
average
5 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Pols 202 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: A+

One of the best teacher at Harding. Just go to SI sessions and u'll have a good grade, minimum B

07/18/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
Many Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Not helpful. Thought he was above everyone. Only helped students that had his same liberal views. Stay away!

11/09/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
POLS202 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

The people on here making comments are ignorant. Elrod is an awesome teacher IF you don't want to be lazy. I was lazy going in and lazy coming out but I learned to respect him, don't sleep, and GO to SI sessions and the class is a breeze. Also do the quizzes on the textbook link online. Tests come straight from questions off of there.

04/13/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
GEOG303 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Elrod is hilarious. He's an excellent teacher and has a great sense of humor. His tests are hard, but the maps really help you make up the grades. Do all of them, and READ THE TEXTBOOK!

11/17/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
POL101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Totally bias. A political science professor should at least TRY to be non-bias and teach his class that way but Elrod has always made it crystal clear that Liberals are brilliant and Conservatives are idiots. He also is very bias in the way he allows for discussion and question. He is also very bias in what topics he allows. If GOP bashing, ok.

10/26/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
POLS352 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

If you're not a baby and actually READ what you're assigned to read, classes with Elrod are worth the discipline you must put into them. I've learned more in Elrod's class than any other, though with more difficulty than ever. If you want a kicked-back semester don't take him, if you want to challenge yourself, do.

10/11/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
PolyMany Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Arrogant, insufferable and full of himself. Class was hard enough without his attitude.

09/19/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
PolSmany Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I am a political science major and so have taken Dr. Elrod for many classes. I just couldn't stand to see so many rude comments towards him. THIS IS COLLEGE PEOPLE! It's supposed to be hard, and I feel like Dr. Elrod's classes are among the few that actually prepare me for grad school. He willing to help students, you just have to be willing to ask

05/13/2010
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
Pols202 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

If you suck up, he'll like you. Very few questions are from the notes, mostly from the book. Extremely liberal and very sarcastic, dry sense of humor (if you would even call it that). I would suggest going to tutoring or SI.. it helped my grade and understanding tremendously.

05/07/2010
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
POLS202 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

He isn't as his rep makes him out to be. Just read the textbook and go to class. It's tough, but give some effort and you'll be fine.

04/28/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
PolSc202 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Rude. Arrogant. Biased. Self-absorbed.

04/21/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
PolSc202 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

HARD. RUDE. Does not try and help students at all. In fact he tries to do the opposite. Does not teach the material well in any form. Expects students to basically learn it themselves. He must think his class is the only class students have and the most important, which is definitely not the case.i would NOT recommend him at all.

02/17/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
PolSc201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Very Liberal, Very Hard, Very Rude. Stay Away..

01/12/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
POLS202H Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He has a obvious liberal slant and incorporates it constantly. Class isn't difficult, but it isn't easy either. Not a professor to take unless you're a liberal yourself.

01/06/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
POLS202 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

HARD!!!! He is a great teacher and makes class very interesting but you WILL bust your butt trying to get a decent grade. If you have a hard time memorizing facts I would not suggest this class as that is what the majority of the tests are and the final is 1/2 write the terms with no word bank. YOu will learn tons though!

01/04/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
INR200 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Great Professor. Challenges students to think for themselves... expects students to be prepared, but will work with those that need assistance. Opens many students eyes to the fact that not all Christians are political conservatives.

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