Ratings for Hass, R
Based on 25 ratings for this instructor.
Comment: I know he's Poet Laureate and all, but dude cannot lecture concisely or clearly. I loved the readings and WANTED to pay attention in class but would inevitably get distracted while he rambled on about some Greek myth that was barely related to the text he was supposed to be discussing. It was still a good class, but Hass didn't make it easy to focus.
Submitted Jan. 20th, 2016
Comment: Bob is an incredibly accomplished professor and brilliant man but his teaching style is soporific and almost too hazy and tangent-filled to take notes on. However, the class is much easier than he predicts at the beginning of the semester ("like one and a half classes") and he can provide highly insightful feedback if you go to him. Also, exams are easy and are preceded by detailed study guides.
Submitted Jan. 4th, 2016
Comment: This class was the biggest waste of time ever. I thought I signed up for an environmental studies course, and ended up reading poetry about birds and chronicling my observations of squirrels. I never went to lecture or section, and I passed the class (taken P/NP). The readings are easy, assignments are easy to bs, and the exams are even easier than the readings. However, if you hate poetry and spiritual readings, this is not the class for you.
Submitted June 10th, 2013
Comment: Hass is such a nice guy and is very passionate about his job and work. He tends to lecture on topics unrelated to the class and tests, however. There is also an almost absurd amount of reading. When exams roll around, familiarize yourself with the important readings on the study guide, and you will do fine.
Submitted Dec. 16th, 2012
Comment: I was very excited to take a Shakespeare class with an accomplished poet. The professor seemed genuinely enthusiastic about the plays we read, and made some insightful and beautiful observations, though some of what he discussed in class seemed not particularly relevant. Grades consisted of two essays (with the option of a make-up essay at the very end) and a final testing whether or not you had read the plays. There were also "memorization quizzes" where you had to memorize a particular verse and write it down; they were mostly graded based on effort, so you got credit for it even if you just came to class and wrote your name down on a blank sheet of paper (but if you did particularly well and had a border-line grade you could boost your grade).
Submitted Aug. 13th, 2012
Comment: Hass is an absolutely amazing poet, and I ended up taking his Shakespeare class even though I had already filled the requirement the previous year just because I really wanted to take a class with him. He's a hilarious, enthusiastic guy but this was the worst class I've taken ever in my life. Hass had no lesson plans and basically no actual analysis of the plays or language, he spent the whole time summarizing the plays and reading random sections, with no discussion. Ended up skipping about half the classes once I realized what a waste of time it was. Basically learned that a great poet does not equal a great professor
Submitted May 21st, 2012