Winter 2022 - Whatever hype has been said about this man, forget about it. I cannot stress enough how sloppy and egotistical this tenured professor is. During our quarter, we had a mass shooter threat the same week we transitioned to in-person learning from fully remote. The shooter threat came from an old Philosophy instructor and he wanted to target Dodd Hall. Rossman was the only professor hesitant to cancel class and supported his reasoning by claiming the locks were “efficient” enough and there hasn’t been a reported incident of a shooter breaking into the specific locks. This happened during his midterm exam and pressured students to show up in Dodd to take the test or else take a vague 15 paged-paper version as an alternative. His exams usually are 4 short answers on lecture summarization with 4 multiple choice about all the dense readings he assigns each week. I’m telling you all, if you value your GPA, DON’T take this class with him because he does not curve and your best chance is a grade book error if you have a percentage close enough to the next letter grade. We had two TA’s and they graded the 5 required 1000 word reading memo summarization subjectively. Everything in this class is graded randomly and subjectively as well, so beware. Save yourself the stress, because the content is boringly taught and not worth the trouble.
Rossman is an awesome professor. He really made Mass Comm a interesting topic, and made going to a 1+ hour lecture worth actually attending (his little jokes are HILARIOUS!) The class consists of a couple of "pop" quizzes, a midterm, and a final. But honestly the midterm was super easy, just go over your notes from lecture, and the final was even better - NOT CUMULATIVE and the same amount as the midterm but with more time. Definitely recommend!