The Fall semester has come to an end, and course evaluations can come in handy for students that are thinking of taking certain courses next semester or eventually. For these evaluations, the courses will be evaluated on five criteria; the attendance factor, the professor, overall level of difficulty of the class, overall workload for the class, and exam difficulty. At the end, there will be an overall rating for the course as a letter grade (A-F). This course evaluation will cover ANT 104, or Intro to Archaeology taught by Professor John Shea.

1. The attendance factor

Considering the midterm and final are based solely on the lectures, it’s pretty important you come to class. You don’t want to miss all the material, and you will do poorly on his exams if you don’t come to class. His lectures are uploaded to Echo but many times he forgets to turn the microphone on or Echo just doesn’t record, so do yourself a favor and come to class!

2. The professor

Professor Shea is really understanding and kind. He tries to make his lectures as fun as possible by throwing in personal anecdotes, stories, and jokes. He is willing to work with you during office hours and via appointment, just shoot him an email. He is a bit stingy with the exams, and his questions are very specific and based on things he talked about in class for a minute or two, so pay attention.

3. Overall difficulty of the class

If you do the Revealing Archaeology modules in time (and you have plenty of time to do them) and do fairly well on the exams, you should end with an A to a B at least. This class is not hard and actually pretty easy if you just come to class and listen. The only way for you to fail is if you miss class frequently because you won’t do well on the exams and the exams make up most of your grade.

4. Overall workload of the class

The only real homework this course has is the Revealing Archaeology modules, which takes around 45-60min per week. It’s also ridiculously easy and just consists of clicking through informational slides. In comparison to other classes, the workload is next to nothing for ANT 1o4.

5. Exam Difficulty

The exams are only hard if you do not come to class and pay attention to lectures. However even if you do the questions can be very specific and tricky, so keep that in mind. If you come to class and study your notes, you should be fine.

Overall, the grade for this course, considering all the factors, is an B. The only cons for this course would be that the exams are tricky and specific and that besides the homework, there is not much else to balance the weight of the exams.


Mehar Bharatiya

Hi, I'm Mehar and I'm an Anthropology Major and Geology Minor at Stony Brook University! I like reading, writing, art, and cats. In my free time I like pondering philosophical quandaries, watching meme compilations, and engaging in political discourse!