professor
Adam Reich

Dec 2020

Engaging, interesting -- plus an easy A if you do well on quizzes/do your homework!

Dec 2020

(This class was co-taught by Adam Reich and Teresa Sharpe). I enjoyed this class, even though I don't know if I loved it as much as I expected to do based on the reviews. It was pretty easy and the professors were very nice and accommodating, constantly adjusting the course based on student feedback. The workload became much lighter towards the end of the semester as a result of this, but it was never overwhelming. We usually met only once a week for "small group sessions", and occasionally didn't even meet at all during a week. How stressed you are about your grade in this class will probably depend on your TA. Mine was fairly harsh, which soured my enjoyment of the class, considerably. However, the easy 5 question quizzes given every week give you a good chance to make it up. My main issue with my TA's grading was on the ethnographic field notes, which were supposed to be 250-750 words. However, the complex prompts usually invited more analysis than 750 words would allow. On my first few field notes, my TA simultaneously zinged me for "not enough analysis/ rich ethnographic detail" AND for going over the word limit (by m not sure how this class would be in a traditional, non-Zoom setting, but the professors certainly did a great job of adapting to the online format. Also, it was cute to see them co-teaching.

Dec 2020

(Prof Reich and Prof Sharpe co-taught the class) There were many times in the semester where I was like, why the heck am I taking this class, but I found my reasons by the end of the semester. First, it's a pre-req that a lot of majors require (like business and sus dev), so if you go into the class thinking you want to do Sociology (like I did) and end up not liking it, there's a possibility you still use it towards your major! Second, it's not a hard class. You have weekly work, but the professors are accommodating to students' feedback throughout the semester and adapt accordingly. For example, we had a tonnn of reading at the beginning of the semester but gave feedback and they cut it down a lot. Regardless, if you are good at "winging it" by just skimming readings and bsing quizzes/papers, this is a perfect class for you. They also drop your lowest quiz/note/group work score which is very nice. Was never stressed about my grade in this class. PLUS we usually one live class once a week! Third, this class covered a lot, and you'll get something out of it by the end. Podcasts and readings were interesting. Even though I didn't feel like doing the readings a lot of the weeks, I was still able to learn stuff from the discussion section and quizzes and writing ethnographic fieldnotes. The professors are really passionate about what they do, and very accommodating to students opinions about classwork. They are also extremely patient, as we had an online class of about 300 and they were constantly answering questions and being patient with technological issues.

May 2020

Hands down one of the best course I've ever taken at Columbia! Professor Reich's lectures are captivating and wrapped with humor; he always tries to make each lesson interactive. I'm hyper-focus during class that I can't help but lose track of time. Reich truly cares about all of his students. In class, he makes an effort to learn and remember student names (even though there are 300 of us in a lecture hall), and with shifting remote, he accommodated student's situations by making all classwork optional. This class gives you an introduction to sociology and urges you to think. Although I'm a SEAS student, Professor Reich has inspired me to fit more sociology courses within the semesters I have left at Columbia. EASY A (if you do the work), no midterm, no final

Apr 2020

Amazing! He's super engaging with students and makes every topic super interesting. A dynamic lecturer that makes 75 minutes fly by super fast. I had never taken a sociology class and now I'm planning on majoring in it. We covered a range of broad topics from the self to race to gender to relationships. It's has made me think and see my interactions in a different light. I highly recommend this class just for general knowledge (and an easy A). Also he's a super nice guy, tells stories about his daughter and brings in some of his students from his Senior Seminar class too.

Apr 2020

Awesome professor, awesome class. Reich is a very entertaining and thoughtful lecturer. He actually asks the class questions and brings people up to demonstrate concepts, something which is super rare in large lecture courses. When he does this, he always asks people their name and remembers it if he ever calls on them again. He knows how to bring what may seem like dry theories to life with his examples, and uses data from people in the class to supplement the lecture. I found the course material to be super interesting, spanning concepts of social networks, race, education, how we interact with one another, and so much more, and it really feels like lectures build on each other. And it is not a difficult class - rather than 2 or 3 midterms, we had weekly open note 5 question quizzes based on lectures, a weekly memo (250-750 words that basically ask you to see how a concept from class that week was recently evident in your life), readings, and a final paper on a topic of your choosing. Some of the readings are kind of lengthy, but Reich does a great job of going over the gist of them in lecture. Only thing I maybe didn't like was the discussion section - not because of the TA, just because it was kind of like pulling teeth to get people to talk and answer questions, as is the case with some larger discussion sections. But I still HIGHLY recommend this class, and having a professor who clearly cares about his students even when there are 300 of them is an amazing plus!! Reich is a legend.

Sep 2019

professor reich is the reason i'm majoring in sociology. his lectures felt like standup comedy, packed full of really interesting information. he knew EVERYONE'S names by week 3 or 4, even though it was a 250 person lecture. my TA told me he quizzes himself on courseworks with our names and faces. he genuinely cares about students, brings volunteers onstage, and opens up the floor for discussion (especially if it's about gender/race/sexuality; he lets women/POC/queer folks share their perspectives instead of just droning on and on). he's seriously the best. so much love for him!