Winter 2017 - I would definitely recommend this class whether or not you are an art history major. John Pohl is a great professor and you can tell he is passionate about what he teaches. The class itself consists of a midterm and final term paper. You will definitely do well on both if you go to class!
Fall 2016 - Professor John Pohl is simply amazing. If there is anyone out there that reminds us of Indiana Jones, it's Dr. Pohl. He is very intelligent and knowledgeable when it comes to Native American art history, anthropology, archaeology, and museum studies. So don't assume this class is centered around art history only. There is no homework aside from pages in the textbook, or research papers assigned to read on a weekly basis. The midterm consists of studying for three essay-based questions, and he chooses two on the mid-term exam day and you write as much as possible for these two questions. The final exam is a research paper that consists of the body of information, notes, bibliography, and illustrations. Start this final paper/exam as soon as you possibly can! This research paper requires time and effort. It was an honor being taught by such an intelligent and well known archaeologist. Do not be afraid to approach him regarding anything. He is very nice, funny, and understanding. I highly recommend taking any of his courses.
Fall 2017 - Professor Pohl is a great teacher. This class did not involve T.A.s which I was happy for. Pohl gave great lectures and you can tell he is passionate about Mixteca history and culture, and knows his stuff! I went to his office hours and he was open-minded and did not treat me like some other professors do at UCLA. He was unpretentious, fun to talk to, and still curious to hearing opinions that differ from his own. In fact, he embraces this. The class involved one presentation and one 10-15 page final paper. His class structure is not so rigid, he is not uptight about lateness, but this class was so small and I enjoyed it so much, I was only late one or twice. Overall, I suggest taking him, he was the BEST art history teacher I have taken out of the 3 others I had classes with. I was sad to only have had one class with him, he is not on campus much so if he is teaching a class take it while you can!