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Sunil Gulati

This professor has earned a CULPA gold nugget

Apr 2021

If you are willing to put in the work, I highly recommend Professor Gulati's class. Most of the more negative reviews on here have some truth to them, as the assessments are difficult and there are many topics covered. In addition to this, some of the classes do run over, which would be my only true complaint about this course. Setting that aside, I have learned more from this class than I have learned from any other class I have taken at Columbia. The lectures are extremely engaging, and I can say with certainty that I and Gulati's other students understand the real principles behind economics better than students in other sections. This is especially important for me as I am an econ major, and I would recommend all econ majors to take this class for sure. That being said, I would advise against taking this class as a fun elective given the workload and would suggest a more seminar-style economics class. Overall, Gulati is a professor who definitely cares about his students and wants them to succeed, provided they are willing to help themselves as well.

Jan 2021

Overall, the content isn't overwhelming but there is a significant mismatch between the depth of the text against the professor's expectations and a variety of other underlying issues that will challenge even the best student's ability to succeed. For starters, each lecture intentionally ran 20-minutes over the slot, and students were forced to attend multiple weekend sessions without advanced notice. This dynamic added a minimum of 10-hours worth of lectures, all of which were "fair game" for exams and not reflected on the syllabus. Arguing that people are "soft" for griping about this added workload is asinine, especially during a pandemic when many students are attending from different time zones. In addition to two lectures a week, recitations are available - I would agree with others that the lectures and recitations were minimal value-adds, if only because the exams are set to a higher difficulty level. The five problem sets were straightforward and the ten pop quizzes were manageable. Reading is on the heavier side (~31 chapters), because of the aforementioned glut of content being crammed into a single semester. The added wrinkle is likely confined to the online environment, but this semester saw the first student in the history of the course finish with a perfect score on the quizzes, the highest mean in the history of the course on the final (which was also ~12 points higher than the midterm mean that was proctored through Proctorio, unlike the final), and an overall mean that was at least 7-points higher than previous semesters and I suspect also a record-breaker... All of which is open to interpretation, but is nonetheless especially frustrating when you have no guidance on the curve and the grades in Canvas aren't accurate. Your best bet is to take it P/D/F and uncover. All in all, regardless of your grade, others are correct to point out that you will learn A LOT in this course. Gulati is a good guy who loves Columbia and a fairly solid lecturer who moves fast but with a low degree of empathy to what seemed to be many students expressing difficulties with the pace and delivery of the course - his occasional stoppage tantrums over a few Zoom cameras turned off in a 300-person class bordered on the absurd. One other thing to keep in mind, this course is a feeder to the b-school concentration and the difficulty level is clearly by design - some of which is definitely overkill and part of the effort to curb grade inflation.

Jan 2021

Overall, the content isn't overwhelming but there is a significant mismatch between the depth of the text against the professor's expectations and a variety of other underlying issues that will challenge even the best student's ability to succeed. For starters, each lecture intentionally ran 20-minutes over the slot, and students were forced to attend multiple weekend sessions without advanced notice. This dynamic added a minimum of 10-hours worth of lectures, all of which were "fair game" for exams and not reflected on the syllabus. Arguing that people are "soft" for griping about this added workload is asinine, especially during a pandemic when many students are attending from different time zones. In addition to two lectures a week, recitations are available - I would agree with others that the lectures and recitations were minimal value-adds, if only because the exams are set to a higher difficulty level. The five problem sets were straightforward and the ten pop quizzes were manageable. Reading is on the heavier side (~31 chapters), because of the aforementioned glut of content being crammed into a single semester. The added wrinkle is likely confined to the online environment, but this semester saw the first student in the history of the course finish with a perfect score on the quizzes, the highest mean in the history of the course on the final (which was also ~12 points higher than the midterm mean that was proctored through Proctorio, unlike the final), and an overall mean that was at least 7-points higher than previous semesters and I suspect also a record-breaker... All of which is open to interpretation, but is nonetheless especially frustrating when you have no guidance on the curve and the grades in Canvas aren't accurate. Your best bet is to take it P/D/F and uncover. All in all, regardless of your grade, others are correct to point out that you will learn A LOT in this course. Gulati is a good guy who loves Columbia and a fairly solid lecturer who moves fast but with a low degree of empathy to what seemed to be many students expressing difficulties with the pace and delivery of the course - his occasional stoppage tantrums over a few Zoom cameras turned off in a 300-person class bordered on the absurd. One other thing to keep in mind, this course is a feeder to the b-school concentration and the difficulty level is clearly by design - some of which is definitely overkill and part of the effort to curb grade inflation.

Jan 2021

I’m speaking from the perspective of someone who has had no econ experience before. I chose to p/d/f Principles and ended up with a mediocre grade, but I think if I retook it I would know how to do better. I don’t think it is impossible to get a B+ or above, but there’s a lot to do in order to get there. The long textbook readings are important if you have taken no econ classes prior to this. But, because there's SO much information, you will not be able to absorb everything by skimming if you’ve never seen these terms before. If you don’t understand them prior to class, you might be confused in lecture because Gulati doesn’t spend a ton of time defining every single term for you (there isn’t time for that- as someone else mentioned, he tries to cover a LOT of material in a short amount of time). The readings are not easy, but the good thing is that you’ll leave the class feeling familiar with lots of terms. Another problem I had was that because Gulati moves so fast, it was hard to keep up with his lectures and cold-call questions. He flipped through Zoom pages to cold call people, so be prepared for that. I never raised my hand but was called on several times in the semester. Also, because I tried scribbling my notes down so quickly, a lot of it ended up making no sense if I didn't review them immediately after class (which I didn’t always do…). That was annoying because after trying so hard to jot down everything from class, most were of no help to me when I was reviewing for exams. So, if you want to understand everything from the lecture, you have to review the information after class before you forget them. Towards the end of the semester, many students were saying how they wished he would post the lecture recordings- he finally listened and posted what he had (although there really weren’t very many). Because of that, I think there’s a chance he might start posting some recordings for the virtual spring semester (which would really help soooo much), but I’m not sure. Although Gulati is strict and can be intimidating, I don’t think he's a mean person. The class can get pretty discouraging, but he is a dedicated teacher; he hosts virtual lunch events, puts in the effort to find guest speakers, and spends his own free time to teach us (although this can be a bit annoying because sometimes I just want a break on the weekends). I don't suggest taking this class if you have a lot of difficult classes that semester. If you’re prepared to be hit by a lot of work, you can expect to leave with many takeaways. If you’d rather just take a more manageable, average class, consider looking elsewhere.

Dec 2020

Gulati hosts mandatory weekend classes and extends regular classes by up to twenty minutes every week. Even with this extra time, most of the course was self-study. Half the students chose to P/F. Some people, to my knowledge, created complaint forms against him. Personally, I scored an A- in the class, but if I had to take another Econ course, it would be with someone else. Gulati is good only if you are up for a challenge.

Dec 2020

He is a really good and funny professor but the workload is a lot. If you are willing to do the work and study then definitely take this class because it will teach you econ really well.

Dec 2020

Man is the GOAT. Enough said. So caring for his students, goes the extra mile to make sure you get the best education possible.

Dec 2020

Professor Gulati is a good teacher and really knows the material, but he sometimes goes too fast in class and covers a bunch of materials in a super short time. I had to pass/fail this class. The class is built for people who knew that they were going to major in Econ, not really for non-majors though.

Dec 2020

I think people who criticize Gulati are being way too judgmental/soft. Yes, the additional Sunday classes were not ideal but no other professor shows this amount of dedication in helping their students get a thorough and sincere understanding of the subject. As an international student who is used to stricter methods of teaching, I was grateful for this class because Gulati clearly outlined what would be expected of us, had an extremely organized schedule and gave us enough time to do Problem Sets. If you don't want to major in Econ maybe this class is not for you, but for an Econ major this course creates a really solid foundation for you to learn further. As someone who took Econ for four years in high school and covered the same amount of material in 4 years instead of 4 months, I can genuinely say that Gulati manages to communicate a HUGE amount of concepts effectively in such little time. This isn't an easy A course and Im averaging a B+ but this is easily the course I've learned the most in over the classes I am getting A's in this semester. Most importantly for the people who are complaining I think y'all need to learn how to be grateful for such a sincere professor who genuinely cares about teaching.

Nov 2020

I highly regret taking this class, regardless of what his cult followers claim.I took principles as a junior (p/d/f )to understand a very different 'genre' of academia and to engage in a different subject from my major-- entering the semester entirely open minded to the experience. (Furthermore, despite being an outnumbered, humanities major, I have a background in math so did not find such aspects of the material especially challenging). I do not care he is famous, he can be a very difficult...and at times, mean teacher. I worked extremely hard, put in many(!!) hours a week, but really his insensitive attitude towards struggles associated with covid were un-acceptable. Various individuals complained regarding his rapport during this period. Classes almost always started at 8:30 ( ten minutes early each session), he was rude to various students in class under the guise of humour, did not record the sessions (which is detrimental to the learning of students without access to good wifi, often linked to socio-economic dividse...), and announced mandatory weekend lectures only a few days before (approximately 4 times). The midterm was brutal, with an average of 58-60% (cannot remember the exact numbers), and if incorrectly graded there is very little sympathy with regards to regrading. In fact, this entire class can be clearly defined by an overwhelmingly elitist lack of sympathy. The one benefit of zoom, and gulati's fancy connections, was that Kasparov came to talk...but then again one can always watch a youtube video (zoom is pretty much the same experience in a group of 300).

May 2020

Amazing professor. He is entertaining, smart, and is very generous with his time. I do not understand how people think he is tough. He expects you to know some of the material, but whenever somebody just said "I don't know" he was very nice and said it was ok. You will not regret taking this class. In the final lecture he said how he always looked forward to Monday 8:40 am, and we should all follow carriers where you could not wait for Monday to come. This really shows in his teaching. One of the best and most passionate professors you will ever have. If you want to major in Econ, take this class!! It will make you love economics. Tbh, even if you don't major in Econ, take this class because Gulati will give you a solid foundation of everything you need to know to understand Economics. Again, I cannot overstate how great this class was. Just enroll in it and see yourself, you can always drop.

May 2020

He's a good teacher, but the material is super boring when you get to the macroeconomics part of the semester. His homeworks and tests are unfair and badly graded, which can be very frustrating because trying to apply logic doesn't work; he just wants you to spit out whatever he said in lecture. His lecture style is fantastic though, even if he's a bit stringent. I took it during pandemic times, and he was the worst at transitioning to online and he forced students all over the world to be up at ungodly hours to do stuff for his class. That being said, he did take advantage of online by bringing in a lot of awesome guest speakers, so that was cool.

May 2020

A very engaging lecturer and I can guarantee you'll come out of the class learning a lot about economics. The pace he teaches at in-class is very fair, yet the midterm and final is definitely harder than the problems gone over in class. After reading previous culpa reviews I imagined this class to be easier than what I expected. Definitely not impossible to get an A (25-30% get an A, but granted there's many smart people in the class who know the content well.) Gulati's exams are structured in such a way that simply knowing the in-class examples and textbook definitions are not enough to get you past a B. You have to really know the content inside and out, and understand how to apply it to new types of problems. Don't expect him to be a kind professor- he is sometimes rude, but generally just wants the class engaged. To do so, he cold-calls students, has pop quizzes, etc. Overall, a high quality class but get ready for the Gulati's somewhat-harsh nature and the above-average difficulty of the exams.

May 2020

***If you are capable of dealing with the 8:40am timing, TAKE THIS CLASS! This is the single best course, with the single best professor, that you will find at Columbia University. Gulati is not only an incredible, eloquent, and comedic lecturer--he is also thoughtful and adaptable, capable of changing important structures of the class entirely to what suits each individual class the best. He may have a reputation for being hard and intimidating, but that is for people who do not do readings or homework before class. If you simply do the work assigned to you, which is, to be honest, not even that much, you will succeed in his class. You have to come in with the right expectations. This is not an easy A. This is not a class where you will have a lot of 1-on-1 time with the professor. This is not a class where you can just be a wallflower. However, this is a class where being an active, engaged participant results in great rewards. If you work hard, this is definitely a class you can do well in. It's a class that **everyone**, not just Econ majors, should take. I should mention that my time in Gulati's class was over Zoom. He was the only teacher whose class was as good, if not better, over Zoom than in person. Gulati actively sought input from the class over how the course should run, he brought in world-class economists, past students, and businesspeople as guest lecturers, and adapted his midterm and final to fit the Zoom structure. While his pop quizzes are annoying, they aren't a big contributor to the final grade.

Dec 2019

If you want to major in econ, take his class. I promise you that his teaching is worth the 8 o'clock classes. He clearly lays out his notes on the board, and there is little problem keeping up the pace as long as you did the reading. The problem sets can be a bit hard but most of questions (similar ones if not exactly the same) can be found online. His tests can be hard with raw scores averaging 60-70%, but practice tests are super helpful and the curve is generous. An overall raw 80% should translate to an A. It's not easy, but if you are on top of things, getting an A or even A+ is very doable. Overall, just a great class and a very lovable professor.

Nov 2019

Basically, if you have the chance to take Intro to Economic Reasoning at Barnard or Principles of Economics with Gulati, do it. Principles is the class that will make or break you, no doubt, and Noor's teaching style doesn't help. He's a nice guy (big dad energy), but his explanations can be kind of dry and confusing, even if you're paying attention 100% of the time. He didn't tell us where we were exactly in the book (he had published a sort of schedule in the syllabus, but he didn't stick to it), so we had to do some guesswork based on the syllabus, and sometimes we were right, and sometimes we were 2 chapters behind. He didn't update us until after the midterm, so now although we do know where we are, we have to read ~2 chapters a week to make up for the confusion. The midterm was a lot like the problem sets he gives, but the problem sets themselves are poorly worded and include things he mentioned once in class that isn't even in the textbook. He also tells us to work in groups for the problem sets, but because this is, you know, a huge lecture, we don't really talk to one another, so unless you're extremely sociable or know someone beforehand, you'll be at a loss. The TAs are extremely helpful and reteach everything we learned in a week during recitation, though, which helps. Also, the course is heavily math-based, so if you're into that, go for it, but the math isn't taught that well, so you kind of end up developing your way of solving problems. If you have scheduling issues with exams or accommodations, he isn't accommodating unless someone like ODS/CARDS is holding him accountable, but that could have also been just a one-time, just-me issue that I had.

Nov 2019

Gulati gets both extremes for reviews, but I think this doesn't really capture what he's like! -He is really a nice guy, he just puts on a tough front / likes to tease people -The class is not difficult if you read the textbook and go to class. Reading the textbook might take about 4 +/- a couple hrs per week, but I'd expect to spend that amount of time on any class to adequately learn the material. He goes over what the textbook has said in class, so class doesn't feel fast anymore if you aren't learning it for the very first time. Gulati incentivizes reading the chapter before class because he has a few pop quizzes (one is dropped, they're chill). -Problem sets are not hard if you've read the textbooks and gone to class! Plus there are always office hours and discussion sections. I had no econ background but committed to reading the textbook for the first half of the class and found it to be average difficulty. The second half of the class I stopped reading as religiously and had a little bit more trouble figuring out psets and studying for the final, but still not bad. I would choose Gulati over others bc he explains things well, he knows how to make his class interesting, and I came out of the class with a good understanding of basic economic principles that I can still remember a year later.

Jan 2019

OMG this class was a disaster. So many people said this class was easy, but it is NOT an easy A. Or an A class at all. He runs through material so quickly, that its impossible to keep up. Two chapters a week. He's a good lecturer, but just drowns you in information. The practice exams he gives are so much easier than the real tests. Keep that in mind. And the problem set grading is really random, depending on which TA did it. You can't contest a grade, so even when you have the right answer on an essay question, and they just skimmed it and marked it wrong, its too bad for you. I've heard the other Econ section is way easier, even if the professor is not as good a lecturer. You should probably take that course.

Dec 2018

If you are an incoming freshman seriously considering majoring in Economics, this might be the class for you. If, however, you are a senior in any non-math or related subject of study (re: humanities), DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS. I was hoping to gain a familiarity with economics and everyone told me to take Gulati because his lecture style was worth the extra work. Personally, I found him to be incredibly obnoxious and condescending. His willingness to humiliate students perpetuates the cutthroat Columbia academic culture in a very unhealthy way. I have no idea how so much ego can fit into such a tiny man (seriously, I saw him in Nike tennis shoes once—he has smaller feet than my 5-year-old nephew). His lectures were not that great—I didn't find the notes I took in class to be very helpful study materials. This is the only class where I read the book from cover-to-cover and I still only got a B- in the course. Part of that was screwing up on my midterm but most of it was his ridiculous questions on quizzes and tests. His sentences are very poorly constructed and his answers are counterintuitive. Once I found the opposite answer to the same question online—wtf? Even the TA's could not figure out the correct answers. I pitied them more than fellow students because Gulati treated them so horribly, yet every recitation I attended was a complete waste of time. Asking them questions (via email or in real life) often ended up confusing me more. At several points I was unsure if they had ever taken an economics course in their life. Unlike economic theory courses, you must have strong mathematical skills to truly understand the material. No calculus is required, yet there is a bit of advanced algebra. If you haven't taken a math class in years (like me) you might be at a serious disadvantage. I would also like to mention something that no reviewer has yet to comment upon—the price of this course. Owning and reading the textbook is absolutely essential, as there's no way of passing without it. The physical copy was more than $300 and the rental ebook was $180. For many students, these costs are prohibitive to taking this course. Gulati could not have cared less as, despite his invitation to spend Thanksgiving with him, he's the epitome of coastal liberalism. This is an obvious statement as he's an Economics professor at Columbia but its worth noting. An elitist tone evaded every one of his lectures and he clearly thinks of Columbia as the Best School Ever. In terms of what I learned in this class, the first half on microeconomics was interesting and the last half on macro was terrible. Even though I took this class pass/fail, I was anxious that I would not pass. Overall, the curve is very generous and upped my grade about 20%. Yet I attended every class and read every chapter, and still got a pretty poor grade. Part of this is no doubt due to my crappy math skills and lack of enthusiasm for the subject. But, if you're someone who can't handle a B (or even a B+) I'd take another professor. Probably between 10-20% of the class got an A, which isn't too bad, but it's a 200+ person lecture. For everyone who found him charming and hilarious, his jokes are scripted to appeal to snobby freshmen who are sooooo glad they attend this school. I'm not saying taking pride in, or even liking, Columbia is a bad thing. When the only way to show this pride is to embarrass the person sitting next to you for giving an incorrect answer at 9 am, it's disheartening.

Jun 2016

Professor Gulati is one of the best professors I've ever had! Teaching: Gulati is clear, concise, eloquent, and has an overall very effective teaching style. He obviously knows the material, uses no notes but misses nothing, knows how to steer the class towards where he wants the class to be and knows how to improvise when it doesn't go as planned. Accessibility: surprisingly accessible after class, in OH. Quickly responds to emails. That said, he kind of expects you to ask the TAs course-related questions. General: most importantly, Gulati enjoys the interaction with the students. He truly cares about the students personal opinions (or at least acts like he does really well). He enjoys teaching and it's both fun and demanding being in his class! If you want to stay on top of your game in this class you have to do the reading before class. If you do that and revisit the material while learning for the pop quizzes, an A is very doable.

May 2016

gulati is an asshole. and this is what makes him an amazing professor unlike many other professors, his only goal is to make sure that you actually learn the material. cramming for these exams is impossible. he is not afraid to call on random people to answer questions during class, so everyone has to come to class prepared. at the end of the class, though, you will realize that you really have learned a lot. you dont just become book smart in econ, you become street smart. tbh i got a B in the class and it dragged down my GPA but im not even that mad because i really did learn a lot. if you want to really learn econ, and dont mind waking up for an 8:40am class twice a week with a heavy workload, this is the one for you. but if you just want to learn normal econ, take a different professor or if you want gulati but dont want your GPA to reflect that you took gulati, pass/fail the class.

May 2015

This course is reasonable in its difficulty. There is a moderate amount of material. The math content of the course is very small; anyone with a passing familiarity with algebra should be fine. In fact, if you know calculus, you are going to be frustrated by how naive the math in principles is. But overall, if you read the book, attend recitations, and attend class, you should absorb most of the material. Lecture itself is amazing; Gulati is a great teacher. He teaches the material with enthusiasm and clarity. The only drawback to lecture is it's time -- he perennially schedules the class at 8:40 am. You can only do well in this class if you attend lecture. A fair portion of your grade is unannounced quizzes at 8:40 am sharp. In addition, Gulati's coverage of the material diverges from the text from time to time, so in class notes are a necessity. Do not take this class if you are not going to attend lecture and pay attention; Gulati will chastise students for cell phone use or sleeping and makes everyone answer questions. Conversely, if you do want an engaging lecture, he does not disappoint.

Feb 2015

Gulati is a fantastic professor. His lectures were interesting and engaging enough to get me to class each morning at 8:40 am even during the dullest material. His class is intense, however. There are several pop iClicker quizzes, two difficult exams, and four problem sets throughout the course. He seemingly goes into the material at a much greater depth than the other professors teaching Principles. If you are looking for a fantastic experience learning a lot about the basics of Econ, Gulati is your best bet. If you just want to get through Principles as quickly and painlessly as possible, another teacher might be a better option.

Dec 2013

Gulati is an engaging teacher who will really make you enjoy economics. He has a great sense of humor and makes his classes very interactive. He taught microeconomics very well, and did an OK job at macroeconomics. At the end of the class, you will have be able to read the WSJ or NYTimes and understand what's happening economically in the world, which is very empowering. As an engineer, I can tell you that the knowledge gained in this class made me feel practically intelligent. You don't often see that in science classes where applications of the complicated yet mind-blowingly clever things you study are often esoteric. He is sometimes merciless and arrogant, but it shouldn't affect you most of the time - just don't sleep/text in class or do something stupid on tests and you will not have to ever deal with him personally. He also isn't very responsive to students. You can't really talk with him or ask him doubts since he's always really busy with his FIFA career - that's what the TAs are for. Tests and grading are the biggest drawback of this course. Gulati's class is harder than the other Intro Econ classes. Period. 14% of your grade is determined by stupid in-class pop quizzes using the devices of the devil - iClickers. You have to answer 6 questions on topics he may not have covered yet with only 30 seconds for each. This was a really ineffective way to get everyone to attend lecture and read the textbook. It made class very stressful though since I often didn't have time to read the textbook before class. The midterm was hard. He definitely should have given us more time. Problems on his sample tests were harder than stuff covered in class or problem sets. The final was slightly easier because it reused some questions from the sample finals. It was still hard though. If you can get above 80% in the midterm and final with 5/6 on most of the quizzes, you should be able to pull off an A. The best way to study for this class is to make summarized notes when you read the chapter the first time (so you don't have to read it again - because it's impossible to read all 27 or so chapters before the final) and then read your class notes and these summaries before exams. Gulati generally gives out 4 practice tests before the midterm and final. Do these - they will help you immensely. Take this class for Principles of Economics! Gulati is definitely harder than the other professors, but you will learn so much more and actually enjoy the subject.

Dec 2013

I would highly recommend this class... if you want to be entertained for an hour and fifteen minutes of your day but learn little about economics. While I will admit that Professor Gulati is intelligent, personable and engaging, his methods of teaching are highly inefficient. Half of the class is spent by him telling stories or asking hypothetical questions that never seem to have an answer and only leave you more confused. He will call on 20 people to give an answer to one of these questions and waste a lot of your time in the process. If only half of that time was spent on actually teaching the material the tests might have not been so stressful. Gulati leaves large amounts of the material for you to learn on your own or attend recitation session and hope for the TA to fill in the gaps (mine was terrible and never did). His tests were difficult and confusing and usually covered a lot of material in depth that was never mentioned in class or merely glossed over. If you plan on taking this course be prepared to read the textbook and struggle through some painful exams. Good luck.

Dec 2013

How can I put this simply...? DO. NOT. TAKE. THIS. CLASS. Gulati is intelligent, I'll give him that. He's entertaining, he knows how to get a point across and all that. But he's so full of it. I mean, seriously, every single time he opens his mouth, he makes sure to make everyone feel like garbage. He grades completely arbitrarily, he doesn't have time for his students, he cares about nothing but sports and economics. I hated this class. Don't take it.

Jun 2013

First, I would like to say that although CULPA reviews are generally useful in picking classes and professors, their objectivity is severely compromised by response bias. People who did really well and especially people who did even moderately poorly are more likely to post on culpa, reporting that Gulati's arrogance is boundless or that his class is unreasonably hard. I honestly think the best way for you to determine whether to take Musatti or Gulati is to sit in on each of their classes. That being said, Gulati is probably the most entertaining, engaging, motivating professor I have had thus far. It's a miracle at all that he is able to teach with such a busy schedule, but he also goes to great lengths to ensure we learn economics, or at the very least become invested in his class. Whether that's by hosting faculty lunches, making sure we focus in class, or hosting review sessions, Gulati makes it easy for anyone who diligently reads and outlines the chapters, attends and understands lectures, and learns the exam format to succeed. I had no knowledge of economics going into the class and I ended up getting an A because I kept up with the readings, and asked questions when I needed help. If I can do it, anyone else can too. True, Gulati is harder than Musatti but his class isn't impossible, and the experience of his class is well worth that extra effort, in my opinion. If for some reason you choose not to take Gulati, at least try to sit in on his first and last lectures. Some real eye-opening shit.

May 2013

Coming into this class, I hardly even knew what economics was. I found Gulati to be an enlightening and engaging professor, but don't get me wrong – I'm not suddenly becoming an econ major because of this class. In my view, Gulati is the ideal lecturer for a class of 200 people, as his class has a ton of student participation and he's hilarious. This is the kind of class you take for the ideal Columbia lecture experience, not because you're going for a generic lecture class that is an easy A. In addition to his captivating lecture style (which is almost entirely him writing on a blackboard instead of recycling old, bland PowerPoints), what distinguishes Gulati from other lecturers that I've had is how much he actually cares about teaching. As he said when he took me and 9 other students to lunch at the faculty house, he loves to teach – and I totally believe it, because it shows. He wants the class to show up. He wants us to do the reading. He wants us to listen and have fun. And he wants us to learn. Gulati seems to do his best to improve his course from year to year, sometimes asking for student feedback about the course. Honestly, the fact that he cares that we are paying attention rather than sleeping or texting motivates me to work harder in the class. If the teacher is invested in the class, I'll be more invested in the class, and that's what happened here. This is a point that I think many CULPA reviews have neglected. Shop for a good TA in this class. You can go to whichever section you choose. I had Raph Hubbard, and he was awesome. It's also worth noting that we had Musatti sub for Gulati for one lecture, so I have some way to compare the two. Basically, Musatti's lecture was organized, but pretty much straight from the textbook. I was significantly less engaged in her class than in Gulati's. Musatti just isn't charismatic like Gulati is, though she's definitely a solid option for a more traditional and straightforward lecturer. Like I said, Gulati is the guy you take for the experience. And chill out about his arrogance, it's part of the Gulati experience, and it's pretty entertaining. If you can't stand him for whatever reason, just switch to Musatti. One last thing, it is possible to do very well in this class, even if you have no econ experience going in. It's just a matter of reading and studying hard before each exam. tl;dr version: this is the one lecture class in my time at Columbia that I didn't once check my phone once during class, and I never missed a class. Take from that what you will.

May 2013

Gulati is by far the best lecturer I have ever been taught by. He's a funny guy, and while he can be a bit pompous at times, he not only doesn't let you fall asleep but makes you look forward to every lecture. The lectures themselves always contain references to current events and, having never taken an economics course before, I felt much more informed about how the world works than I did before I took this class. Gulati holds review sessions for his exams but he definitely isn't as accessible as most of the other professors I've had, partly because he spends a lot of time travelling because of his involvement in soccer. However, he isn't the most responsive to questions even right after class - before exams, for example, he'll only help you with one or two multiple choice questions that you have problems with and as for the rest, you'll have to figure them out on your own. But if there's a question or topic that a significant number of people have issues with, he will go over it. His TAs also hold office hours every week so you can always get help then if you need it. The good part is that if you do the required readings before each class, the lectures tend to clarify uncertainties you have regarding the course material. I honestly didn't find the course painfully difficult; the exams were pretty accessible. Overall, I would highly recommend taking this class!

Apr 2013

Although Gulati is a successful, charming, intelligent man, I would argue that he is overrated as a professor. I liked his first few lectures, but by mid-semester, they seemed to get a little drier and unorganized - and it doesn't help that this is when students start burning out. We had Musatti substitute for one lecture, and this made me regret not shopping her class after sitting in on Gulati's first class. To be honest, I was set on Gulati's class no matter what because of what everyone else was saying about him, but I definitely should have also checked out Musatti to see which teaching style fit better for me. Musatti's lecture was clear, concise, and fun. She does have a slight accent, but it wasn't too hard to understand her - if anything, it's endearing. Back to Gulati - he's not bad and I do enjoy his lectures. Sometimes he seems to go on a tangent and I can't really follow his line of thinking - I find it more difficult to see the bigger picture with Gulati. I would just advise you to inconvenience yourself a little at the beginning of the semester by sitting in on both professors and see for yourself whom you like better because I just took the first advise I came across and ran with it and now realized that I missed a better option for me. Basic point: Gulati is overrated - Musatti is underrated; Gulati is a good speaker - Musatti is a good teacher.

Apr 2013

He may be (no, he probably is) the best teacher I've had at Columbia. He is a little pompous (it took a while before I saw it) but he's also brilliant and he IS in charge of the US soccer federation. if you really pay attention in lectures you won't need to do any of the readings or go to recitation section (especially if you've taken econ before). honestly, even if you took ap in high school or wherever else, this class is worth taking. gulati is AMAZING! the only bad side of his class is you get all the pre-finance econ-geeks who are each knocking each other over to answer his questions first. but you know he handles those folks pretty well.

Jan 2013

I write here only to add to the previous reviewer from Nov/'12, who said it all better than I will. Shocker: I didn't find Gulati's lectures that incredible. Everyone, remember, it's just an intro course. Like Gen Chem or Intro to Prob/Methods, the material can only get so "interesting." It's the PRINCIPLES for crying out loud. Yes, there were some cool lectures, and Gulati made me laugh quite a lot. Gulati also inspired me to study very intensely. I read the book cover to cover, and if you asked me what's in chapter 9 part 5, I'd probably still be able to tell you. I literally did what was expected—read the entire textbook in less than 12 weeks. I also summarized what I read and studied that for exams. By this point, his lectures were quite boring, since I'd know where he was going with them. I went to lecture only to follow his "style" in order to better prepare myself for the battles ahead. Unfortunately, Gulati's assessments, combined with classmates' clearly disproportionate backgrounds in the material, mixed into a recipe for a GPA bunkerbuster. If MPC+MPS=1, know that Gulati=GPA+bunkerbuster. Am I bitter that I got a bad grade I most certainly don't deserve for the amount I learned this semester? Yes. Does it help that I didn't take AP macro/micro in HS years ago or whatever? No. Should I be penalized for the above two answers? No. That sums it up, folks. Don't let your pride get ahead of yourselves, and don't think that you'll become best buddies with Gulati. There was this one ass-kisser, who always piped up confidently, hands raised, and gave pretty sharp answers, but it was obvious Gulati wasn't gonna play ball with him for too long. The only plus side to this class is the several laughs you'll get because Gulati is a funny guy. And the self-entitled gleeful feeling of better-than-thou crowd mentality that is prevalent at Columbia, which I've bought out of. See, I'm willing to laugh about one grade with a future interviewer, giving them the lowdown on that professor one time. Mistake learned, no more regrets. For your convenience, abridged: *********************** I will agree that Gulati is an amazing lecturer. He will captivate you in class and will lure you in but don't let that fool you. I was mesmerized by his standing, and I thought that I would rather take the econ class with the harder professor and actually learn something, rather than having the book be my teacher. I decided I would take a B over an A to gain more from the class and have something to take away, but I was seriously wrong. I really wish I had listened to my instincts when I read the reviews of how ridiculous hard he was, but I let my pride get in the way. I thought I could handle it by doing my readings every night and even having a private tutor, but it wasn't enough. Just remember that this man has more pride than the entire class combined. Sure, we all think that we are prepared for this kind of difficulty at this type of institution, but I assure you, it is not worth it. Take the easier professor because having a higher gpa is much more important than the teacher you had. Remember, not all that glitters is gold. *******************

Dec 2012

What the hell is wrong with people. Gulati is the the definition of awesomeness. He's lectures are amazing, he is an incredible person, and one of the funniest people I've ever met. Yeah the class is not easy, but this is Columbia you fools. Go to NYU if you wanna have it easy. I went a few times to his office hours. And he was unbelievably helpful, nice, and super funny. And to the person who wrote that crappy review about him: You're talking about him being disrespectful but you fell asleep during one of his lectures??? You spoiled brat. Why don't you try talking and have someone snore when you try explain something. The only thing you got right are his awful TA's

Nov 2012

I will agree that Gulati is an amazing lecturer. He will captivate you in class and will lure you in but don't let that fool you. I was mesmerized by his standing, and I thought that I would rather take the econ class with the harder professor and actually learn something, rather than having the book be my teacher. I decided I would take a B over an A to gain more from the class and have something to take away, but I was seriously wrong. I really wish I had listened to my instincts when I read the reviews of how ridiculous hard he was, but I let my pride get in the way. I thought I could handle it by doing my readings every night and even having a private tutor, but it wasn't enough. Just remember that this man has more pride than the entire class combined. I think he gets a thrill out of being better than the rest a class, which is why his workload is so challenging. Sure, we all think that we are prepared for this kind of difficulty at this type of institution, but I assure you, it is not worth it. Take the easier professor because having a higher gpa is much more important than the teacher you had. Remember, not all that glitters is gold.

Jul 2012

HOW DARE any of you even try to praise this man! He is the most vile and horrid being I have ever encountered and the worst professor I have had since leaving the womb. I cannot believe the fact this cocky man with a Napoleon complex can influence so many Columbia students too busy masturbating at the fact that they have an instructor who manages some low rate soccer organization. How dare any of you dare speak high of him, for the excrements of cows dare flow out of your mouths when you say he is awesome or exceeded your expectations. May all those who speak high of him tear your bicep and suffer rugburns as you continuously rub vigorously whilst jerking off saying "I HAVE CLASS WITH GULAT!!!!!!!!!!!! OH MY GOD I ARE SO COOL I AM EPIC WINNER I WIN THE INTERNET FOR LIFE!!!!!" You vile cretins, may you face the wrath and despair Gulati feels when someone who is 6 feet 5 inches tall with more fame than him walks into the room and takes the attention off him. Gulati is the worst professor in the book. Mentioning his name post-annus primeris (after my first school year, Gulati-worshippers) makes me want to regurgitate. Students boast, but his lectures are pathetic. He thinks his word is higher than God, and if you happen to doze off he will yell at you and make you feel as tiny as his children size briefs. His lectures are mediocre and nothing on his heavily-weighted exams will appear on the exams. Mostly you will hear him talk about his amazing life and his luxurious amenities, and oh yeah, actually learn economics. His exams, now, well, oh no "godly" professor can ever succeed in this ridiculous university without having exams as random and poorly graded by his brainless TAs. Exams will receive failing grades if they did not abide by his holy word, and many will suffer. Seriously, his TAs are terrible. Not only are they stupid and cover nothing of any practical use, but they just take the time to praise the golden calf and talk about how cool he is, and act condescending. Everyone whom I have met who has spoken to HIM has said that he is cocky, condescending, and just downright awful. Still, during class where you learn nothing you will see the slime balls swarm like locusts around his holy presence to ask him questions. I actually dozed off one day and had a dream that all the students in section had lined up and were taking turns to lick his ass, all while being covered in feces and yelling "OH MY GOD, I CAN FINALLY DIE HAPPILY. OH MY GOD, HIS HOLY PRESENCE HAS LET ME LICK HIS ARSE." I was then awaken by him slapping my desk, and then called by him to approach his holy throne. He began yelling at me, telling me that I had been sleeping for many classes. I objected his holy word, and he responded by telling me that I was stupid for arguing in such a childlike manner. I was so humiliated and deeply repulsed by his attitude and felt like fainting, and this was only heightened when he made fun of some poor soul who gave the wrong answer and made him feel stupid. I wanted to tear for the poor soul, but quickly left only to hear him yell at me. I ran like a chicken. All in all, this man is so vile, and you will hate his class. Save yourself and take the crazy swearing, hand-gesturing Italian lady Catarina Mussati, even though she sucks. Do not be taken a fool by all these comments of praise, as this man's fame in front of Columbia students is equivalent to the Kim family in North Korea of the Kardashians in America. Run, boy!

May 2012

Gulati exceeded most of my (very high) expectations for his class. I can't say much that hasn't already been said before, so I'll just give my two cents from someone who is an English major, taking this class for fun. Prior to this class, I have never taken Econ before. I had a very very minimal knowledge of the basics of supply and demand. LECTURES: Best part of the course, by far. I sleep a lot in a lot of my classes, and Gulati kept me awake 99% of the time (save for dozing off here and there). He's entertaining, he knows his shit really well, and he's incredibly engaging. This is a lecture class through and through but he still manages to have the students participating and alert the entire class. His lectures are a joy, and waking up at 8:30 is slightly less painful because of that. After reading through a lot of his CULPA reviews, I questioned whether or not he would be the lecturer people make him out to be -- he is. EXAMS: I did not find the exams as hard as I was expecting them to be. Perhaps this is just because knowing my lack of abilities in the area prepared me to expect the worst. They are certainly very difficult, and though I haven't taken any other equivalent here to actually compare them with, I imagine that they are much harder than the exams for other Principles classes. That said, they are very generously curved (for the midterm, the top three brackets were of the A variety, I think that was like 75%+). Gulati provides a lot of past exams for practice for both the midterm and final (at least five). I would highly recommend doing all these for studying, it's much better than rereading every chapter of the book. However, he really only posts them online like a week before the exam so you really don't have a lot of time to work with them, especially if you have other exams going on. Also, I found the actual exams easier than the practice exams. But maybe that's just because I was more prepared for the actual. PERSONALITY: I personally did not find Gulati incredibly arrogant (he always talks about the guest lecturers he gets in his Global Economy class and how they're better than him, essentially), nor did I think he was especially harsh or rude in class. If you're wrong when answering a question he'll call you out on it. Most of his questions you should be able to answer if you've done the reading, so I see no problem there. He's entertaining and I found him to be very caring. A professor like him probably doesn't have to teach an intro econ class, but he does because he loves it. He also has a series of lunches for ten students each to talk and he seemed genuinely interested in each of us. He truly cares about undergrad education, and it really shows through. TA/LAB: My TA was nice but not particularly interesting. He was pretty boring, actually, but I felt bad about not going and there is some material covered in lab that's not covered in lecture. That said, I think the question has always been whether one should take the harder but more captivating class and get probably a slightly lower grade even while putting in more work, or just take the easier, but much more boring class. I think the answer is the former, but it depends. I wouldn't trade the experience in for a higher grade, though the amount of work and time I put in would surely have garnered me a higher grade in a different section. If you are a prospective econ major, or taking the class for fun, to truly learn something enriching, take Gulati. If you are an engineer who needs to take this class because it's required, and you really don't want to learn the material or put in the extra time or effort, take a different section. If you go to a few of his lectures and think he's not for you, switch sections. Definitely going to try and take another class with him before I graduate.

May 2012

Gulati is great, and he brings in great guest lecturers. However in the end I'm not sure this class is entirely worth it. It's interesting, and wasn't that challenging, but if you had Gulati for Principles and a good Macro, I don't know how much new stuff you're really learning. The TAs were totally worthless, but they weren't really necessary. No recitations or anything, just worthless review and office hours, but I don't know many who went to OH.

Jun 2011

Leaving all opinions of Gulati's personality aside, I am divided whether or not to recommend this class. I entered this class with the same dilemma most all face when choosing a Principles professor: dry and easy or interesting and more difficult? I choose the later because I thought of myself as the type of student that would not be able to self-motivate myself under a boring professor. Therefore, even though I knew Gulati's section would be harder, I thought I would still perform better than with an easier professor who was utterly dry. I am still not sure if that was the right decision to get the best results in terms of maximizing grade, amount of learning while minimizing level of effort. Unlike a previous reviewer, reading the textbook is an absolute essential to mastering the material. I don't know if he/she already had a level of econ before, but as someone who has never touched the subject before, I couldn't imagine being able to get through the class without ever reading the textbook. Sure, by the last 1/3 of the semester, I started to just skim the chapter feverishly in the half hour before class, but that procrastination showed in my quiz grades (which I consistently got 50% on). Lectures were interesting enough that I was only tempted to fall asleep once (upon coming off an all-nighter), but I must admit myself lost if I did not read the chapter beforehand. With the number of times he has been reviewed, it becomes almost needless to say that Gulati is able to engage with the material in a level that I would not have gotten with another professor. As to the exams, I think that they were somewhat fair...in the end, your grade is based on the curve so I don't think the level of difficulty of the exams really matters. However, I do think that the exams plays heavily in favor of those who naturally are more engaged in econ (in terms of current affairs). Unfortunately, I knew no econ whatsoever going into the course. Some questions were on material I doubted were ever mentioned during the course ('guy with the red wagon' really? I was difficult to even find that answer on google). I stayed fairly on top of all the material and attended all the recitations so I don't think that I would've encountered something completely foreign unless it had never been mentioned before. The grading is rather harsh but there are so many to grade, and again, the curve balances that stuff out. I guess I would advise that you try to get into Gulati's section and then try him out a couple times. If you don't think his lecturing style is all that or you think he's too arrogant, then quickly get out of there. Also, if you can tolerate dry material and digest the textbook all by yourself, perhaps it would be in your best interest to go with another professor. If you already know econ or keep up with econ in the news, then stick with Gulati.

May 2011

Professor Gulati is a great instructor. A lot of things have already been said about him. Here are my comments: -I agree that his ego can seem a bit inflated at times, and he is definitely uniformly condescending in class. If he calls on you or your raise your hand and say something wrong, he will call you out on it. Because he does this to everyone though, it doesn't seem particularly mean. It probably incentivizes you to pay attention and do your work. -Problem sets and test questions can be a bit vague at times. This is more or less the nature of Principles of Economics I believe; you have to rely on simplified explanations for everything, and thus things get ambiguous and muddled if you think about them too much. Some of the questions are also just flat out worded poorly. For example, my TA couldn't tell me what the answers to a few quiz questions were. -He is a great lecturer, and though I hate to admit it, I appreciate his punctuality and insistence on pop quizzes. These traits foster incredible levels of class attendance and lend the class a good amount of energy which is augmented by Gulati's anecdotes and humor. -The class is run very well. Problem sets are collected and returned on time, grades are posted promptly, and he gives the full gamut of statistical parameters with regards to the midterm results. (e.g. mean, SD, range, how many students received 90 and up and what that raw score curves to, etc.)

May 2011

I have to agree with the review below. Professor Gulati is completely overrated and a comparatively harsh grader. There is no reason he deserves a silver nugget. In terms of teaching, student responses were usually polarized. Personally, I found him to be extremely arrogant and demeaning. He had a way of manipulating the tensions of a 130+ student class to create an environment that for me was not conducive to learning. It ultimately depends on your learning style, but if you don't do well in a tense, large-classroom environment, take another Professor for econ. Grading was wildly inconsistent and inexplicable. Partial credit is never given, and TA's don't make marks specifying what they thought was wrong - they just take off points, and Gulati is stingy about going over assessments.

May 2011

I had very high expectations for this class... and Gulati met every one. I found his lectures to be easy to follow and wonderfully entertaining-- I actually looked forward to this class. He is truly a first-class lecturer and he really cares. Go to a few TA sessions if you need to until you find a good one, as certain topics are covered in the TA sessions but not in lecture. I do not think it is necessary to read the textbook at all-- I went to all the lectures and all the TA sessions, never read the textbook, and got an A. He gives plenty of old exams to help you prepare for the midterm and final-- take advantage of that. The clicker quizzes are stressful, but I didn't do very well on them and still got the A so don't worry about it. Do the psets with a group of friends-- they're a prime example of the two (or three or five) heads are better than one proverb. I can't promise you won't regret taking this class, because I know some people do. I also know people who took it with Musatti, however, and they regret it tenfold. I truly enjoyed this class and it did not suck up nearly as much of my time as most of my other classes did. Gulati is an experience, and I loved it.

May 2011

This is a great class. It's built on the premise of being an econ class open to non-econ majors; I took it as an econ major without yet having completed all the intermediate requirements that qualify me for other electives. Either way, I highly recommend it. The semester starts out with Gulati lectures on theory, and by the end it's almost entirely guest lectures from well-known people (like Hank Paulson, Dean Hubbard, and Jeff Sachs). Gulati is so good himself, though, that I found myself missing his lectures when we had guests. If you haven't taken Gulati yet, please do so. This guy cares deeply about teaching, and he's entertaining and engaging. He's a "hard-ass" only in the sense that he has expectations - if you sign up for the class, you'll come on time, and you'll do the readings for his pop quizzes.

May 2011

Gulati was the best professor I've had at Columbia. He's an engaging, passionate lecturer who ensures that a class of almost 300 people feels like a class of 20 by engaging his students and making sure that everyone is paying attention. His exams are hard if you attend class only to pass the quizzes, but are possible if you take notes and do the reading on time. He is extremely approachable during office hours, and if you really involve yourself in class, he will know you both in and out of the classroom. Your grade on the exam is really reflecting of your studying, in terms of doing the reading and the practice exams. He even repeats questions from the exams to reward good preparation. Conclusion: If you like Econ and want to really learn and understand it, as well as see its applications in practice, not just theory, take this class. If you want an interesting and engaging lecturer, take this class. But if you want to breeze through because it's a prerequisite or a requirement for SEAS, and you're not really into coming to class, then go with someone else.

May 2011

I think what most people here have to do is learn to differentiate between Gulati's impressive credentials as some soccer magnate and separate that from what Gulati ad whether he was a kind, approachable instructor. Seriously, if I hear one more laudatory review that places this man on a pedestal, I will shoot myself. Okay, so Gulati's lectures were okay, but they were far from being so amazing or invigorating or breathtaking or any other adjective of praise. There were also points in his lectures where he was not clear or thorough. What people need to do is rub their eyes and remove the blindness they have towards fairly judging this man that they lack through seeing him as an impressive soccer manager who can get them soccer tickets and fancy dinners. In terms of Gulati himself, I actually had the chance to go to one of these dinners and I was so repulsed by this man's ego and lack of modesty. Just the way he spoke and behaved were a testament to how much the brownosing and praise apparent in many of these reviews had made this man actually believe that he is above Columbia and on a pedestal of excellence and honor. I honestly do think that his lectures could have been much more to the point and they could have consisted more of topics that would appear in his obnoxious examinations. Unfortunately I feel that this man had his head much too far up his ass to actually take any critique to heart. His pomp is his greatest fault... Now the exams, oh the exams, oh my god I can barely escape the trauma they gave me. They consisted of random and unfair questions that were never covered within the bindings of the textbook or his lectures and were just about as random as asking what is the capital of Myanmar or what were the countries in OPEC in 1988. No one cares. Just the fact that he chose to ask us how many countries were in whatever organization or what was the name of the leader of some fiscal organization proved how cocky this man was that he didn't precisely go through his exams before administering them and check that they were fair and void of horrid questions like these. All in all this man is so pompous, so conceited and so self-centered that I was surprised he did not bring a wine glass to class to collect his flatulence and smell his own ripped farts. Please people, forget the leader of whatever unknown soccer organization, and think of how deserving this man is as a highly rated professor.

May 2011

Sunil is probably the most pretentious Columbia professor in modern existence. His self-pride outshadows that of even Lee himself. If you want to take his class, be prepared to unilaterally praise his merits and bow before his presence at every chance. But Jesus Gulati is not only skilled but also democratic; his lectures demand full involvement (that means no sleeping, otherwise he will blacklist you for life) and his questions will make you sweat out of your ass. Despite whatever your peers or upperclassmen will praise him, know that they too have been brainwashed by his constant trumpeting of his self-worth. If you enjoy licking ass and pretending you can evaluate President Obama's economic policies, take his class. If not, you'll probably end up taking this class anyways.

May 2011

Professor Gulati is an amazing lecturer. If you have a prior knowledge of introductory Macro and Micro and want to breeze through the course. Take another professor. Gulati's lectures are great but he doesn't cover everything you need to know for the final. the TA's are helpful but it's hit and miss. His midterm and final exams are really difficult. Even if you study really hard, and cover all the material, you will find it difficult to to be at 90%+ level. My recommendation: If you want to enjoy your lectures, are OK with a B+, then go ahead and take this class.

Nov 2010

If you are going to take Principles of Economics, take it with Sunil Gulati. Settling for Musatti isn't an option with a teacher this good. LECTURES: Gulati is a passionate, natural, engaging lecture. He is clear, confident, and interested, a rare combination in intro classes. He knows his material ridiculously well, and doesn't have trouble answering questions about all variety of topics. He decorates the mundane aspects of introductory economics with interesting stories and significance, and doesn't just teach you concepts, but compels you to engage in critical thinking. He's an economist at heart, and in his class, you will be, too. QUIZZES: Gotta buy a clicker to take his quizzes, which are based on lectures and readings. Just stay up to date with the reading, which isn't too hard. They can have tricky questions, but the curve balances them out anyway. TESTS: Gulati gives you previous midterms and finals to go over before each test. Make sure to go over all your lecture notes, know all the terms, and go over these practice tests. In my experience in two Gulati classes, your results on the practice tests directly reflected your results on the real thing. Get an A on the practice test, and you can get an A on the real test.

May 2010

This review is for the discussion section of Gulati's Principles of Econ, Fall 2009, TA'ed by Emily Chase. Pretty much worthless TA. She teaches by the book (or her notes, rather). Doesn't help to clarity concepts for the confused students, only confuses the problem further. Can't do basic algebra. Gulati's lectures however are great. Workload: 1 hour/week. I still went to all of them (she often ends the section early), though I hardly learnt anything. All you hear is stupid people conversing.

May 2010

This class is hard, however really interesting. Take it pass/fail and wait until the end to uncover your grade or not. Even if you've taken micro and macro you'll find this class slightly challenging at times. The guest lectures are great, and Gulati's lectures are also entertaining and engaging. I personally enjoyed every single one of his lectures, the man is just great. He takes over the room and makes sure everyone stays awake. The fact that so many people take this class and actually show up says a lot about how good the class is.However, don't expect much from the TA's. Definitely worth taking this class though. It's challenging but you'll enjoy it.

Apr 2010

All has been said that he's a very colorful, passionate, tough, encouraging, and confident teacher. I'll just add that his loud manner never makes me bored. He's great at bringing everyone's attention. He always asks for "someone new" to answer his questions. His style of teaching always prompts me to re-think even though I feel confident from readings already; he always throws out some critical question and contribute them to the concept in textbook. Very engaging. I really like this man, personally or academically. The exam could be tough for even thouse who thinks about econ101 as a piece of cake. The midterm is heavily curve that up to only 60% will be average. Points are taken off easier than gained. This class is not really a trade-off between your time and your grade. To get an A, you neednot an inborn nature of enterpreneur but a high level of engagement in econ. But no matter the outcome of your grade, you'll never forget this class.

Jan 2010

Most of what I said has been said before. I want to reiterate that Gulati is a very colorful, theatrical lecturer (some profs are interesting speakers, but Gulati adds that one last ounce of theatricality which makes his class really unforgettable). I originally was "forced" into taking this section because my schedule conflicted with the other ones, but in the end I am glad I stuck with Gulati. His lectures are really engaging and relevant. I want to correct some early reviews in that Gulati now signs practically everyone's Add/Drop form, yes even freshmen's. So everyone can get in. Great teacher, very passionate about what he teaches, but his Principles course might be the hardest.

May 2009

You would have to be out of your mind to take this class for a grade. Global Economy is great if you can Pass/Fail it and truly enjoy the guest lecturers that Gulati brings in...they're incredible. However, this man is totally unreasonable when it comes to asking exam questions. For example: with an entire textbook, 10 weeks of additional readings, and tons of guest lectures...he asks questions such as "how many countries were in the IMF in 2006?" on the exams. You are expected to remember the most minute details from every inch of what he covers. Gulati also does not lecture much on the complicated material. Econ major or not, you're bound to get lost.

May 2009

Tough class, lots of econ majors take it even though they are not supposed to. Good class though, with lots of guest lectures who are very interesting. Quizzes (5 drop lowest) are tough, and concentrate on the reading and guest lectures.

Jan 2009

The class and the professor were both excellent. I really enjoyed going, even though it was at 9:10 am. His final lecture is really good as well. I would definitely recommend taking him. Of all the teachers at Columbia that I have had so far, he seems to be the one who cares about his students and his subject the most. In terms of sciences, professors generally care more about their research than they do about their students. Even though Gulati is a big shot, he still takes time out for lunches with his students, office hours, etc. Great, great class although quite challenging.

Dec 2008

A bit of a douche (makes fun of students who answer incorrectly in class), but nevertheless an amazing teacher. I thought I hated Econ and now I'm minoring in it. He also really cares about teaching- he takes the class out to lunch or dinner 10 at a time at Faculty Dining Hall to talk about whatever you want. It's not as difficult as people make it out to be (I got an A, and like I said, I'm not the best at Econ) as long as you do all of the readings and study hard. Also- discussion sessions are pointless. I didn't go to any and still got an A. Definitely take this, whether or not you need to. Econ is incredibly important for anything you want to do, and he can really make you love it.

Feb 2008

One of the best professors I have had at Columbia. Just make sure you do the readings for every class since he covers a lot of material in a short amount of time. His final exam was very difficult but most people I know did poorly and it seems that the curve was pretty generous. You will learn a lot in this class.

Jan 2008

I dont care how awesome they say gulati is, if you are not a math person do not take this class with him. I passed, thankfully, but i studied for the final for 3 weeks and still didnt do all that well. its like the SATS times 5000.

Apr 2007

Professor Gulati is the type of professor who can make students who initially dislike the subject develop a strong passion for it. He is entertaining in class, and does discuss concepts well. Basically, he has one of the best teaching skills of Professor at Columbia. Having said that, though, I have to say that his lectures and the book are too biased towards free market capitalism. Government intervention is looked at as "simply against economics." Topics like fair trade, planned economies, etc. are simply not covered. There are plenty of articles regarding the Asian fair trade literature that I have read in my Political science class, but in his class all of that literature is just "against economics." Even if he disagrees with fair trade and planned economies, I feel that he has the responsibility to cover the subjects anyway in an introductory course.

Jan 2007

I highly recommend taking this class with Gulati, even though the class is *huge* ~400 students. Lectures are always worth staying for because he makes the material relevant and funny. Much better than the alternative. Also, be sure to sign up for the lunch/dinner sessions with him, coming prepared with questions is also good. Since the class is so big, to get to know him will take a lot of extra effort outside of class, but is not impossible. However, because he doesn't always cover all the material in the lectures in sufficient depth, most of the learning will be done independently or with your TA. So choose your TA wisely i.e. go to a few TA sessions and pick the best one. I found Ben North to be a good TA if kinda arrogant and condescending. You will want a TA that knows the material very well and teaches in a clear manner rather than one who is a nice person. The mid-term and final exams will rely heavily on multiple choice, so you need to know everything. Doing the past exams will help a lot since the questions are usually recycled. The final exam will have short essay type questions, which means you need to know and explain concepts instead of simply regurgitating facts and formulae. Note that the large class size will not help with a curve because a lot of students will already know the material. Some guy got 97% on the mid-term and before the final was bragging about how he was going to beat his mid-term score. It will take a lot of work to get an A.

Jan 2007

he's entertaining, ill give him that. i dont really think hes taht great though. i did well in the class so im not saying this cuz im bitter but Gulati isnt that great. hes very full of himself when his lectures arent even that good. i liked his first lecture alot..it got me really excited about econ. but then, his last lecture was somewhat disappointing. i feel that he rushed everythign toooo much and that he didnt really allow time for things to sink in. w/e, take him if youre up for the challenge but i kinda wished i had taken oflaherty (where i would have learned the same things and i would have had to work a lot less)

Dec 2006

Makes lectures entertaining, cracks jokes, no participation necessary since the class is huge. If you read the textbook, then you'll only miss a few questions on the midterm and final. If you don't read the textbook but you attend lecture, you will do decently. If you do both, you're in good shape. Highly recommended even for non-Econ majors.

Dec 2006

What a great professor. He made me laugh every lecture, something I was not expecting out of this class. He is one of the best lecturers I've ever experienced, ever, not just at Columbia, not just in Academia. If you take Economics, take it from him!

Nov 2006

I don't know anything about the other teacher O'Flaherty but I can say that Gulati is a great teacher. Not amazing but definitely worth getting up at 9 am to listen to (for all you considering taking his class in spring of 2007). He speaks loudly and clearly and often makes jokes in class (sometimes at the students' expenses, all in good humor of course). As to accusations of having a large ego in previous reviews and having hard tests...not true. The average for the midterm in fall 2006 was a 72 when he was aiming for a 60 something. I went to dinner with him (there will be signups) and he is a very approachable guy and modest in person. For some reason the TAs seem to be unfair with problem sets. But do the homework and don't leave studing till the last day and you should be fine: 5 in-class pop quizzes, 5 psets, 1 midterm, 1 final.

Jul 2006

Gulati is the greatest thing since sliced bread. I can see how people would complain about the entertainment factor, but I think he felt like people should get the basics from the text book. I asked him about it, and this is why he requires you to read the chapter before coming to class. The grading system is extremely fair. He's very approachable, and people only seem to go to his office hours the day before the final or mid-term. He does an amazing job with 300 students. He's the most down to earth professor I've seen at Columbia (and the best so far).

Jul 2006

This is an excellent course. I had taken prof. gulati before, and already expected him to be excellent, and he did not disappoint. The tests, like all of his classes, are challenging, but the curves aren't so bad and the average is low. The guest lectures are great, with some really impressive speakers coming in. Gulati's lectures, of course, are engaging and often fun.

May 2006

If anyone writes one more review raving about this man, I will shoot myself. Okay, his lectures may be entertaining (minimally), but the problem sets and especially exams will make you think twice. Most of the time he attempts too much to "entertain" that he barely gets in to the substance which you actually need to get through the problem sets/exams. One rule that especially got to me was the fact the he (and TAs) will not accept ANY questions on the problem sets. True, the class is huge, but this is the first class I have ever taken at Columbia to have such a pointless rule (and i'm not a freshman). One good thing I have to say is that he will give you atleast 5 sample exams for both the midterm and final, which was very helpful. But what would have been more helpful is if he shut up about what style iPod/Blackberry was coolest and actually taught something in class.

Jan 2006

I don't have too much to add to what has already been written about him, but he is definitely a unique teacher, and it is worth taking a class with him. He is witty, sarcastic, and engaging. Classes went by very quickly because they were almost like performances. He often spent long periods of time asking questions and soliciting answers from the class, then shooting down (in a funny and sometimes slightly mean way) evreyone's answers (even the ones that in the end often seemed to be correct). So, the classes were very entertaining, which was good, although I sometimes felt like Gulati put entertainment above teaching -- sometimes I left class feeling like not everything was explained as well as it could be. With that being said, I think overall he did an excellent job of covering a ton of material and making it accessible and understandable. The text book is also very good and can fill in holes Gulati leaves. Although he sometimes seems a bit harsh during class, Gulati is very nice, and sets up a ton of lunch/dinner sessions so he can get to know his students -- he learns many names by the end of the semester. He also definitely cares about his studetns and about economics and current events and does a pretty amazing job of combining wit and economics to create a class unlike any other I have taken. His class isn't always easy, but it's worth taking!

Jan 2006

This guy is a great teacher, but has also got one hell of an ego that you will first amsue you and make you think he is THE MAN. This wore off for me by november when i was definitely convinced that he was indeed a total four letter word i shouldn't type. Besides his character, he is quite energetic on stage (yes, stage because principles is a class of around 250 people) and that really helps you stay awake, even if you hate economics. He will most likely take some of his students out to dinner at faculty house because he is well aware that if he doesn't, he will probably only remember 20 students from his class. Freshman should definitely do this because John Jay is horrific. Anyways, take this course. Don't take the other section. Yea, fine, it will be easier but why sell yourself short?

Dec 2005

Why are you reading the reviews? You surely have had to have heard of this legendary lecturer! He is a great teacher. He is a great speaker and he communicates the material perfectly. He makes economics interesting. One lecture he was not there and a professor I will not name was lecturing us instead. Simply put, all 290 of us came to appreciate Gulati all the more after that day. The best part about Gulati is that he is fun to listen to. He always cracks random jokes throughout the lecture. He gets the class involved a lot for a 290 person lecture and he makes the most amusing jokes when students say rather unintelligent things. That said, this is not an easy class! If you are a non-econ person and you just want to be enlightened, the class may put a dent in your GPA but this class is worth taking Pass/Fail if you can't manage the material because just being in the room you will learn more about economics than you could in another section

Nov 2005

he's flat out amazing, seems to love teaching and love his students. a great guy, which shows in the way he approaches his job. i'd recommend this class to anyone and everyone who has interest in econ.

Nov 2005

Professor Gulati is the best professor I have ever had at Columbia. Even if you are not interested in Economics, take this course.

Nov 2005

I've always admired someone who's able to capture the attention of an entire lecture hall of 300 students. Prof. Gulati is exactly this type of person. His teaching style is amazing, he barely relies on his notes, and his references to current events and things of actual inerest really make him outstanding. The midterm/final are hard, but if you go to class and take notes, you'll do fine. He stresses what is important, meaning he'll pause, turn to the students, and repeat again what he said slowly and clearly, really emphasizing the point, so there's no reason room for doubt as to what really counts. Everyone says, "I cried after the final/midterm", but those people spent time reading the book, instead, they should have goneto class and took notes instead of relying on the book. In the end, whether or not you get a D of an A, Gulati is worth it, TAKE HIS CLASS.

May 2005

Gulati is an awesome instructor. Hes funny and extremely engaging. Sometimes he rushes through things and doesnt connect everything really well so you walk out of class feeling really enlightened and then you realize you cant make sense of most of it from your notes. The guest lecturers are very interesting as they often present contrasting and more precisly covered topics. But if you miss a class, you're screwed because it winds up on the exams. Its a hard class with a generous curve. Take it if you are looking for an engaging professor with guest speakers who will share their experience and expertise with you. You'll actually learn valuable things applicable to the real world.

May 2005

The lectures are fantastic. Prof. Gulati is a great professor. The guest lecturers are a fun way to learn about current global issues. The ONLY problem in this class are the readings. Make sure you read the articles because he puts indentifications from them in the exams. I didnot do the readings so that screwed me up ( even though I went to lectures and understood everything.) You really have to do the work he asks you to do. NO EXCEPTIONS! <br> -Go to class, takes notes<br> -make sure you attend the class with lectureres as well because their topics show up on the exam also<br> -do the readings ( articles and the book)<br> -read that Bhagwati book because his lecture is not helpful<br> -do the homework<br> Attending lectures and understanding them is not enough. This class is very close to being an econhistory class so you have to do the readings.

Apr 2005

Sunil Gulati is an amazing, amazing professor. He is one of the clearest teachers I have ever had. That said, this class was not a 2000 level class. I am not an economics major and had only taken principles before hand, but since this class is billed as being for non-econ majors, I thought it would be fine. It's a good thing that Gulati is such a good prof because otherwise I would have been very, very lost. His first midterm was hard- on international trade- and the second one was significantly easier-on international finance. The second half of the class is much lighter, primarily because every other class is an outside speaker, ranging from Sachs to Bhagwati to Desai. The diversity of topics covered means that you will be introduced to everything regarding the global economy, but this class focuses less on development economics than I had hoped. The biggest weakness was the text book. Don't even bother buying it because it will just confuse you and is very poorly written. Take this class, but if you are not an econ major, you're better off just pass/failing it.

Apr 2005

Sunil Gulati is the man. Economics can be dry, but if you take it from "Sunny G", it'll never be boring. The tests are hard but it turned out that anything over 25/48 on the midterm was an "A", so it's not much of a problem.

Jan 2005

Gulati is a great professor, will keep your attention, and he is a really down-to-earth, friendly guy. The dinner at faculty house is great and I appreciate that he makes the time for it. Despite the fact that he is a great guy his class doesnt give you a deep foundation of economics (obviously, its a principles class) and it will make you feel like you are skimming the very very surface of economics and thus I usually never understood what was really going on. The class really makes you loose confidence in yourself because despite your efforts, you realize you really know nothing. Its a tough class. I came into the class having taken an ecomomics class the year before at another institution and my grade in this class was my lowest of the semester which I found to be really dissappointing. The final is ridiculous and really doesnt reflect the class at all. I walked out wanting to cry and smoke 3 packs.

Jan 2005

Professor Gulati is a really great lecturer. He starts most classes with some kind of reference to recent news events in an effort to relate what we are learning in class to the "real world." He is always well-organized and very easy to understand, and for the most part his lectures correspond well with the textbook (more so in the micro section than in macro). Although most information in class can be found in the book, lectures are really worth going to, because he can explain in an hour 15 minutes what may take longer to get through in the book, and sometimes questions on the exams come directly from explanations of things given in class. Also, VERY IMPORTANT: his final lecture of the semester is a very enlightening look at economics, and should not be missed. Tests are fairly difficult, but there is a significant curve, so don't get scared if you think you missed a lot of things. It's important to go to class, etc, but I found that even though I kept up, serious cramming worked best for remembering all the different concepts. Also, know the graphs, what each line and intersection means. Those things are always on the tests, and they're pretty easy to memorize. He also posts copies of old tests on Courseworks, which is really helpful, and probably the best way to study.

Dec 2004

Gulati is a great/funny/knowledgeable lecturer, and you will learn a lot from him. However, beware, his tests are quite difficult. He likes questions from some intermediate econ class! I feel I do learn a lot in class (despite the huge size) but I am very frustrated from his tests. It seems that faithful attendence in lectures and diligent reading (of Frank's book) are not enough to do well in this class.

Dec 2004

As everyone has said Gulati is an AMAZING man. He has perfect command of the class of over 300 students and allows for an amazing amount of participation. The class is not only very interresting but quite amusing. Gulati knows how to teach econ in a way that is manageable and it is very clear that he has great command of the material as he lectures without notes and when asked an irrelevant question by some overachieving loser he simply replies with, "wait 15 minutes" or "thursday i'll answer that question" or "two courses from now" rather than digressing like others. He also tries to add a personal touch to econ and sometimes brings up relevant current events. Gulati's style and charisma are amazing, there is rarely a dull moment. Gulati is a clear choice. (Oh and if you are thinking of registering for the other class and going to gulati's lectures...not gonna work...the classes start at different places just for that reason). The downside to Gulati is that because he teaches so well he expects everyone to know the material very well and makes the exams quite difficult and long. On top of that he has the TAs introduce new material during recitation but you can go to any recitation during the week, not necessarily the one you are registered for. But the positives CLEARLY outweigh the negatives. If you go to Columbia you have to hear this man lecture , even if you donÂ’t take the class, he's simply the greatest.

Dec 2004

Simply put, I want to be Sunil Gulati. He is one of the most impressive and endearing people that I've ever come into contact with. He was a fabulous lecturer who was extremely funny and engaging, and I genuinely looked forward to going to lecture. The lab sessions were totally unnecessary and my TA was awful, so I almost never went. The class is difficult but well worth it, I learned a fair amount and enjoyed the class. I would recommend this, or any other class Gulati teaches, to anyone.

Dec 2004

The best class ever! If you go into it just wanting to taking one semester of econ so you can make smartass comments about fiscal policy/maybe get a job at some point, you will leave wanting to major in economics and with a slight crush on Sunil. His lectures are like performances; out of 320 people in this class, I'd say there were about 300 at every class. He will mercilessly make fun of you if you say something stupid, but in the most benevolent way...TAKE THIS CLASS!!! And stalk Sunil every chance you get, because he is the man.

Dec 2004

One of the most amazing professors around. There were over 300 people in the class, and Prof. Gulati had such great presence that everyone in the room was focused on him. His lectures are well done and creative as he often mixes in current events to explain things. He keeps a constant dialogue between himself and the students and class can often be funny and entertaining. Even if you don't need to take economics, you won't regret taking this class.

Dec 2004

I just came back from his last lecture of the semester and I can't express how much I've learned from him in the past 3 months. This man might appear a bit cocky at first sight, but he is the nicest person ever and knows his stuff very well.. I never took econ in my life and now I'm in love with econ, partially because of my family, but a huge part has to do with Gulati. His lectures are interesting and interactive, some stuff might be a bit boring and sleep-inducing, but for the most part, he tries hard and makes sure everyone's awake(sometimes with flying chalk). Sure his midterm is a little picky, but if you studied the book well, you can't do that bad; I got a A- on that. However, even if I got a not so good grade on the midterm, I will still not regret taking Gulati's class. He's a small man that speaks volumes. He has been to many places and knows a lot about economics and the world. His last lecture about income distrubution exemplifies his benevolence and his charisma... I will definitely be taking more classes from him and try to know him better.. On a side note: he loves soccer and that makes up for every flaw he has, not that he really does.

Aug 2004

A great lecturer as many before me have said. The beauty of economics is that a conceptual understanding of the topic can greatly help you with understanding the fundamentals and underlying theory, which is what is tested on exams. With his cool style and balance between theory and current events, learning the basics of econ becomes not a chore but rather an interesting training in a field that is so very crucial to the political, social, and fiscal decisions that surround us. Take it even if you're not an econ major.

Jun 2004

if you wanna get a good grade, DO NOT TAKE HIS CLASS!! principles of economics under gulati seems like an advance economics course for me. his materials are unneccessarily hard. yes , he is interesting, he is a great professor, but you can hardly get a good grade from him because his tests are just too hard. I worked very hard and still got an A-, because he only gave out like 15As out of a class of 250+ students. The curve is set as a B/B+ and there are so many terms in the final that you have never ever heard of and you just have to leave the entire long question blank. fully understanding and knowing your text book can give you an A- , for an A, i guess you have to be an economics genius (but this is only a Principles of Economics course)

May 2004

ARE YOU CRAZY? Taking his class will reduce the opportunity cost of attending other classes. YES and I don't mean his class is expensive. He was great, he was funny, and he was enjoyable. Absolutely recommended. He taught well and he kept students awake too. If you want to learn about economics and you want to know how economics can be funny sometimes, he is your choice

May 2004

One word to describe this professor: WOW!!!! Sunil may quite possibly be the best professor I'll have in my entire Columbia undergraduate experience. I did not like econ at all, and even though I wasn't terribly good at it, he will make you love it! Not forcefully, but he is such a fantastic guy and a wonderful professor. Having a 9 am class is tough, but after a few minutes you're wide awake and enjoying the lecture. After class, feel free to go up to him and talk, he is very fun to chat with. It's also cool because he has a very high position in MLS (major league soccer), and rumor has it he used to play. The midterm is pretty easy, but the final is very difficult. It is probably the most difficult exam I've ever taken. 23 pages: 40 multiple choice, 12 identification, 12 long answer. Even though it's difficult, take this class just to have him! I will probably audit a class by him because it is such a pleasure to have him as a professor.

May 2004

Professor Gulati is a talented teacher and a class act. I would like to emphasize the second point in this review, since so many others have already attested to his ability to teach. Gulati respects his students in a way that has become rare for teachers at Columbia today. He dresses in a coat and tie for every class, and actually takes the time to learn his students' names. Additionally, he provides an opportunity to have either lunch or dinner with him at the Faculty Club. I was truly impressed by what a gentleman Professor Gulati is. It seems like he has the makings of a great advisor in the economics department.

May 2004

Yay for Sunil in making a rad class for non-econ majors interested in economic issues (globalization, development, finance, etc.). I was personally frightened of econ after getting a bad grade in Principles, but for some reason stuck it out for this class. It was well worth it. We had guest lecturers including Jeffrey Sachs, Bhagwati, and the former deputy finance minister of Mexico. And I finally think I understand econ. Awesome. Awesome. Awesome.

May 2004

Gulati is awesome. I have never been in a 280 person class that was as interesting and engaging as his. He knows what he is doing, and makes his lectures funny and informative. Its amazing how much you soak in just by going to class, and you get a good laugh while you're at it. I would definitely recommend taking him.

May 2004

Professor Gulati is amazing!!! I loved his class. He makes it interesting, even if you don't like Econ. He's funny and teaches well. Listen in class; there's stuff he doesn't write on the board. His examples are informative and apply to the real world. He makes people participate, because if no one answers his questions, he'll pick someone or just wait in silence until someone raises their hand. Recitation session is helpful if you have a good TA. Oh, and DO THE READING!!! It's really helpful and if you leave it until the end, you'll be swamped. Trust me. It's just a chapter or two a week, so it's not that tough.

May 2004

Take this class. Even if you are not in SEAS, and majoring in Underwater Basket Weaving, take this class. Sunil Gulati, former commisioner of Major League Soccer and an accomplished economist, makes what I think is an interesting subject phenomenonally fascinating and engaging. He is hilarious, and will make jokes even in the most drudged of lectures. He manages to involve most people out of a class of 300, something that I imagine is unique to large lectures. Personally I never went to lab sections because the book and professor were so good that I was confident I knew what was going on. Gulati was responsive to emails and questions and really knows his stuff. There was only one annoying aspect of his class--sometimes he would spend half an hour engaging the audience in a question, such as "if tariffs on imports are so inefficient, then why do we [the United States] have them?" Then, after rejecting every answer he hears, Gulati will end the class or move on to something completely different. Why will he never answer the question, or at least make some comment on it? It seemed to be a big waste of time for me. Thats what the lab sections are for, not lectures. Overall though, this class was my utmost favorite and now I'm seriously considering minoring in economics. So take this class and nominate Gulati for a teaching award.

Apr 2004

Gulati is the man!! By far my favourite class this semester. The class had guest speakers as well as Gulati lecturing. Take any course you can possibly take with him. He is awesome

Feb 2004

Just going to echo the other reviews and say that this guy is great. I had no economics experience whatsoever before taking Principles in the fall, and he made it very easy to follow. Lectures are very engaging: this was probably the only class I never fell asleep in, despite it being at 9 AM. Gulati has a great sense of humor (although I do remember things like the other review described happening, right down to the "Achoo!") and the class almost never drags until the end with some of the macro stuff. As for Global Econ, it's the first time they're offering the class, and I only took it because of him. So far it seems to be pretty good, run very much like the Principles class except no discussions. (Which, BTW, were utterly useless in Principles.) He can take any subject and relate it to econ. He also encourages class discussion, but doesn't really require it. Overall, he's probably the only professor I've had here that I'd recommend to anyone else. And in case anyone thinks this is a review from an econ major, it's not. I'm a pathetically apathetic engineer :)

Jan 2004

As I'm sure my comrades will say. Gulati is the man! I never took econ before freshman year so initially I was a little worried when he said we would be moving fast. If you do the reading and you go to recitation and lectures you will do fine. In fact I know someone who didn't really go to any of those or even unwrap his book and got an A! Gulati makes a dull subject interesting. He's a funny guy and makes his lectures entertaining.

Nov 2003

Amazing professor all around, uses practical examples to relate abstract theories and throws in some humor to make the whole thing that much more palatable. A nice friendly guy in general, i'm very happy i took this class with him. Got my ass kicked on the final which was not curved as much as i had hoped but the grading is still pretty fair

Nov 2003

Question: If your friend is playing excessively loud music, what kind of economic solution could you come up with? Student 1: You could pay him to stay quiet. Sunil: Hold on, I'll get back to that. Student 2: Achoo Sunil: Bless You Students 3,4,5,6,7,8,9, 10 answer...sunil makes some jokes about their answers, students 11, 12 answer...Sunil says, "you're getting there...come on someone new...someone who hasn't spoken yet," Students 13, 14 answer.. Finally Sunil says: " Ok well since none of you got the answer, an economic solution would be to pay the person to be quiet. That's a good summary of class.

Nov 2003

Gulati's a fantastic professor. His lectures are really engaging and relate the subject matter with current events. His sense of humor is also pleasant, and takes the edge off 9am classes.

Nov 2003

If you're remotely interested in Econ (or required to take it like I was)...you want to take Econ with Sunil Gulati. You'll actually learn something in the lectures and he does everything in his power from keep you from falling asleep even though the material is extremely dull. He's one of those teachers that can directly answer every question you ask because he knows Econ that well. His comedic teaching style will make you remember why something is wrong and help you think like an economist(sometimes).

Nov 2003

He's a VERY GOOD professor. He teaches very well and his lectures are very clear and organized. He's also very funny unlike most professors. He has a great style of teaching. If you're not unintelligent you should have no trouble following the lectures and learning all the materials.

Apr 2003

he;s such a wonderful lecturer and not to mention a wonderful and interesting man. his lectures are very clear and he always does something or other to keep the class entertaining. if youre gonna take this class, take it from him

Jan 2003

Great professor, his lectures make an intro econ course as interesting as possible. Teaches pretty much out of the book but some of the questions on the exams are only included in lectures. The second half of the course was much less interesting than the first, but I guess that's just microeconomics.

Dec 2002

Sunil is not only a great teacher, he's a good guy too. Despite the fact that the department allots way too many students to the intro class, he handles a large lecture hall as if it were his stage and he isn't afraid to involve the audience. He answers questions, and lets people know, subtly, when they're wrong. Intro is dry sometimes and the material is basic. nonetheless he is a good guy to get and a good guy to get to know.

Dec 2002

The class was okay. Gulati didn't really teach so much as stand in front of the class, make a bunch of jokes, bring up some weighty current events issues, and draw some graphs. Everything you need to know can be found in the textbook, and the lab sessions with the TA's were completely useless (most of them had pretty thick accents but were understandable). Gulati's class is a fun one, but don't expect too much beyond a good laugh and basic knowledge.

Dec 2002

I don't recommend the class itself, but if you're one of those people required to take Principles of Econ take it with this guy. He does all he can to make the material interesting, and he makes plenty of digressions to put econimics in perspective.

Dec 2002

Econ is boring. Econ with Gulati is pretty enterainting. He breaths life into the class. He is in touch with the class and his students. Pretty funny at times which keeps the class moving. A sports illustrated to read really helps sometimes though, as Econ itself can be pretty dry. All in all, Gulati was an awesome teacher, definetly worth taking

Dec 2002

Sunil is the man. I went in thinking 'i should probably take a little econ', and came out thinking 'I wanna major in econ and be like sunil.' He is a great lecturer, and organizes the class very well. Especially for an econ professor he is really funny. He's traveled the world and has great stories to tell about india, mexico, england, and other places. He also takes time away from the syllabus to enlighten the class about current events and decisions we will have to make in the future. Definitely take econ with this guy.

Dec 2002

I agree that Sunil is really engaging, but that's engaging for an econ professor. The material can get exceedingly boring no matter who's teaching it. And while the curves on the mid-term and final are quite generous, the tests themselves were fairly strange, with true/false questions that turned into essays with no partial credit and "essay" questions which turned into math problems, despite the fact that this class is non-calculus.

Dec 2002

GREAT professor! Consider yourself lucky if you get in this class. He is a funny, smart guy who can answer every question. Very accomplished man who is amazingly personable and congenial. No need to go to class unless you just want to be entertained. The book was great and the teacher was even better.

Nov 2002

He's the man. He's a great lecturer, he's enthusiastic, there's not a question he can't answer, he's funny, and he has the ability to incorporate 150 kids into his lecture. So in a way it's unfortunate that the class is a joke. Read the book (which happens to be very good), go to the review session, get an A. No point in going to class, unless you want to hear a great lecturer.

Jan 2000

In case you were worried, there's no linguistic barrier here (he's American) and he is actually a very good lecturer -- pleasant guy, tons of good examples and stories to illustrate the material. It's important to read the book if you plan on breaking a B-.

Jan 2000

When I took this class as a freshman, the only other section offered was by McLaren at 9 in the morning so obviously I had to pick Gulati's section. It was decent, I guess, not very exciting or anything. i think i learned a few things....but whatever, they always send the junior econ profs to teach these sections anyways, so chances are you prob won't get a good prof for this class. sorry