Professor Arnold is a great lady. You can tell that she really cares about her students and about her work. However, she is one of the most monotonous lecturers I have ever listened to. Luckily, over half of her class is taught by guest lecturers- those who were experts on the topics we were discussing. This really saved the class, and helped people to remain focused on the presentations. Her grading is based on a midterm, a paper (she gives lots of choices for paper topics), and a final. I thought that her midterm was fairly difficult- and I have a 3.96 at UCLA. I got a B- on the midterm. However, I got an A+ on the paper, and I knew what to expect for the final. You can basically predict the essay topics based on overlaps significantly with the powerpoints and readings. The midterm and final were both a combination of MC and short essay/ answer. I thought that the questions on the midterm were a lot more specific and tricky than those on the final. In the end I got an A in her class. Although it hasn't been my favorite class at UCLA, I thought California Archaeology was very interesting as a person who has lived in California my entire life. Overall, its a good class. The lecturers can be boring- same with the reading (but there isn't a lot), but overall its doable.
I miss this class! I took this class as one of my first classes at UCLA. I was very scared at first, I must admit. Professor Bernard initially spoke really fast and I would sometimes get confused because it was so fast I hardly could write fast enough to match the speed, let alone understand the material. Eventually, as the course went on, she slowed down the pace and the class became really enjoyable. I felt like i know a lot about california indians because of this course. I went to her office hours and she is very approachable and nice. The class set up: 40% midterm 40% final and 20% paper, I think. The material is very interesting if you want to learn about the history of california and the indians who lived and still live here. I absolutely miss this class and it was a very enjoyable experience...I dont miss studying for that midterm, though lol. The class average for the midterm was a C. But dont let that scare you, most of the class did fairly well overall. And from the students i spoke with in class, I got the sense that everyone seemed to like the course or thought it was chill. I would highly recommend this course!