professor
J. Phillip Thompson

May 2002

While Thompson may be correct in his belief that American society is in no way a meritocracy, the same can certainly be said regarding his class. Those who rejoice when they see the light workload on the syllabus should be forewarned that not only will they learn very little in this class but also that they are susceptible to seeing grades that neither they nor their friends have ever seen before in a social science class. Yes, it is true that one may be able to submit garbage and get an A, but it is also true that one can hand in a masterpiece and receive a C. Also, the class completely lacks structure and usually serves solely as a pulpit for Thompson's ultra-liberal diatribes. If you want to either learn some political science or get a grade that corresponds to the quality of your work then avoid this professor's class like the plague.

Jan 2000

Lectures are platforms for personal diatribes, often leaving out course material completely. In the past he has neglected to order the course books (they showed up after the midterm) and forgotten to file the grades (unofficial withdrawls for everyone!). At your own risk.

Jan 2000

To offset the above negative review of Thompson, CULPA would like to add that Thompson is a professor who is recommended by many, many students. We don't often apologize for reviews, but you may want to try Thompson out. He has a reputation for making the course a bully pulpit, but many people like courses that focus on the professor's own interpretation of politics.

Jan 2000

That negative review says it all. Except maybe hes not quite that organized. He tried to run a class of almost 200 people as a discussion. Look for a comfortable chair and bring a pillow.

Jan 2000

He's a real fire and brimstone preacher type and he'll definitely wake you up at 9am. But if you hold conservative political views, be warned: this man is so liberal, he's off the spectrum. He told my class that he thinks black people are just as oppressed now as they were during the days of slavery, and that if blacks and Latinos do poorly, it is NOT their fault, but entirely due to the fact that society discriminates against them. Everything is take-home, so it's easy to get an okay or good grade. But again, be sure to express LIBERAL views only in your writings if you're going for top grades.