Mark Huppin
Department of Communication
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4.0
Overall Rating
Based on 23 User s
Easiness 3.2 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 4.0 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 3.0 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 3.9 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Appropriately Priced Materials

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Quarter: Fall 2021
Grade: N/A
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Jan. 4, 2022

Super chill class. It was a mixture of lecture and guest speakers on topics that were being discusses. His lectures can be a little long and kind of intense, as he gives you a lot of information on studies and research being done. Take really good notes even when the speakers come. He tends to pull a lot of specific details for tests. We took our exams online so it was helpful to have notes, but the time limit is pretty strict. With that being said, the class is mostly exam based, with the midterm and final being 40% each and then 2 short papers worth 10% each. The papers are pretty easy and graded leniently so they help cushion your grade. Study hard for tests and take super detailed notes and you'll be good.

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A
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April 3, 2021

Structure of Class:
* Two tests (midterm and final)
* One fairly short essay about a movie
* One creative art project. Not complicated, he gave every 100% (when I took this class)

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Not a difficult class, as long as you study the material before the tests. The material itself is interesting and not difficult to understand, there's just a decent amount of it. From what I remember, some of the content included: Porn, sexual attraction, racial stereotypes, fear of spiders, TV news. Cool stuff, not all theoretical and boring like most other comm classes.

Try to participate during lectures, he appreciates when students speak up. He's a nice guy and this is the second class I took with him. I like Huppin

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: N/A
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June 6, 2020

I heard a lot of great things about this professor and extremely disappointed with how he handled virtual teaching. His communication and organization skills are embarrassing as a professor with a JD and PHD (which he reminds us of very often). I understand these circumstances are difficult for professors, but they are just as difficult if even more so for students. avoid all virtual classes with him. exams are tough and he does not give enough time to finish. before our midterm and final he didn't even discuss it/mention and instead had irrelevant guest lectures discussing architecture, I'm sorry but I don't see the correlation to mass media. He even tested us about some abstract poem the guest lectures shared relating to a mason jar. I'm not even upset about the rigor of the course but just disappointed with his lack of communication when we aren't able to physically be in a classroom or visit him in office hours. When students raised concerns or asked questions, he avoided providing answers and was extremely defensive for absolutely no reason. He seems like a nice guy, but he wasn't there for his students when we needed it the most. Ignored all of my emails or responded days later when my questions were not even relevant. I will be avoiding all classes with huppin.

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Quarter: Spring 2017
Grade: A-
Nov. 15, 2017

I went to class, took notes, skimmed over the very few assigned readings, and studied the night before to get an A- . The information given on the slides are a bunch of experiments. Just know the experiment, the result, & why. 99% of them are common sense so they aren’t hard to remember. 2 midterms, no final, 2 “papers” (they are thought papers, so just put your opinion with some facts given in the slides and you’ll get full credit. About 1-2 pages in length). The midterms were multiple choice and 2 short answer questions. Easy A with little work and interesting material. (I am a south campus major, so comm isn’t even my thing)

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Quarter: Winter 2015
Grade: A
June 13, 2017

Tough class. Not sure exactly what he want from us on tests and grades seemed arbitrary.

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Quarter: Spring 2017
Grade: N/A
June 12, 2017

Professor Huppin does a great job with this class. The material is primarily based on evolutionary psychology, and he's been wonderful with making the necessary connections about why our communication via media has evolved to be the way it is today. His class is super fair -- he's not there to fail anyone. If you literally go to class every time and take decent notes, you're better off than the other 1/2 of the class. Midterm questions are specific, and you will need to study the diagrams/understand them to do well. Workload is minimal with a few short reading assignments, a 2 page thought paper, 2 midterms (NO FINAL), and a small project. I personally found this class super engaging, easy, and fun, especially since I'm not majoring in COMM. I would highly recommend this class to someone who is looking for an A in an upper-division class.

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Quarter: Winter 2015
Grade: N/A
Feb. 12, 2016

I have had the pleasure of taking two courses with Professor Huppin and I highly recommend taking one of his classes. This class consisted of two short papers, a multiple choice midterm, and a multiple choice final. The lectures are all very interesting and he always ties in contemporary events with each topic. He is helpful in office hours and his tests are very straightforward. If you do all of the readings and attend the lectures, you should be able to earn a solid grade. One of the better professors I have had in the Communication Studies Department at UCLA.

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Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A
Dec. 18, 2011

I'm fairly certain that there is one student in particular that is posting the same negative reviews on Huppin (8/28)... she posted something similarly negative about Professor Johnson in the Comm department as well. I had her in several of my classes as we were both Communication majors, and it was clear from the beginning that she hates evolutionary psychology and anyone that incorporates it into their lessons. Considering how many UCLA professors refer to it and how much evidence there is for the theory, it's shocking that she is still so ignorant about the subject. She consistently freaked out about sexism and racism and other -isms despite Huppin's very clear explanations about the studies that yielded these supposedly offensive results. So I would disregard her remarks, mostly she came off as a crazy.

As for Huppin himself, he’s a good professor who is very interested in building relationships with his students. I think I went to office hours with a total of 3 professors, and Huppin was one of them because he was so approachable. Tests weren’t super easy though. They’re multiple-multiple choice and get a little dicey, but he’s fair with any written assignments and curves generously at the end.

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Nov. 29, 2011

** Courses Taken with Huppin: Communications 146 and Communications 171

As previous reviewers have said, Huppin can have a monotone voice during his lectures. However, he is actually a good lecturer and knows his information pretty well. I've taken him for 2 different Communication courses and I would choose to take him again for a different course.

Communications 146: This was my first class taken from him and it was interesting because it involved a more thorough view into mass media images. The kind of annoying part of the class was that he had a monotone voice and went through lecture slides fast so it might be best to use a laptop to take notes. The topics were interesting - pornography, why men are attracted to certain women, the smell of men as an indicator of mate selection for women, etc. Pretty good stuff! The downside to this class were the exams. Both the midterm and final were quite tricky! He puts tricky questions on the exams so be warned! Read each question carefully and at least a few times. Overall, the class was enjoyable. The viewer below that mentioned that he was pro-abortion and rape of women is absolutely NUTS. She was in my class and she just wanted to have conflict with him because she was a troublemaker. It is NOT wise to take her review seriously.

Communications 171: This class is a law class around theories of freedom of speech. It's kind of an extension of Communications 101, so if you've taken 101 it might be a little easier to understand the concepts. I liked this class a little more than 146 because the exams (a midterm and a final) were essay-based and not tricky, multiple choice questions. There are a lot of cases that he goes over, but he goes over them in depth and you actually understand the material. His monotone voice is still there but at least the cases are interesting! There were some cases about pornography and school speeches that were kind of funny. I would recommend this class over Comm 146 but that's because law classes interest me.

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Grade: N/A
Sept. 5, 2011

the most boring professor i ever encountered in the the cs dep next to kelly i suppose. his monotone voice will put you to sleep. thankfully, there are more dynamic figures to choose from like fink for example.do not recommend unless u r an insomniac.

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Quarter: Fall 2021
Grade: N/A
Jan. 4, 2022

Super chill class. It was a mixture of lecture and guest speakers on topics that were being discusses. His lectures can be a little long and kind of intense, as he gives you a lot of information on studies and research being done. Take really good notes even when the speakers come. He tends to pull a lot of specific details for tests. We took our exams online so it was helpful to have notes, but the time limit is pretty strict. With that being said, the class is mostly exam based, with the midterm and final being 40% each and then 2 short papers worth 10% each. The papers are pretty easy and graded leniently so they help cushion your grade. Study hard for tests and take super detailed notes and you'll be good.

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A
April 3, 2021

Structure of Class:
* Two tests (midterm and final)
* One fairly short essay about a movie
* One creative art project. Not complicated, he gave every 100% (when I took this class)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Not a difficult class, as long as you study the material before the tests. The material itself is interesting and not difficult to understand, there's just a decent amount of it. From what I remember, some of the content included: Porn, sexual attraction, racial stereotypes, fear of spiders, TV news. Cool stuff, not all theoretical and boring like most other comm classes.

Try to participate during lectures, he appreciates when students speak up. He's a nice guy and this is the second class I took with him. I like Huppin

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: N/A
June 6, 2020

I heard a lot of great things about this professor and extremely disappointed with how he handled virtual teaching. His communication and organization skills are embarrassing as a professor with a JD and PHD (which he reminds us of very often). I understand these circumstances are difficult for professors, but they are just as difficult if even more so for students. avoid all virtual classes with him. exams are tough and he does not give enough time to finish. before our midterm and final he didn't even discuss it/mention and instead had irrelevant guest lectures discussing architecture, I'm sorry but I don't see the correlation to mass media. He even tested us about some abstract poem the guest lectures shared relating to a mason jar. I'm not even upset about the rigor of the course but just disappointed with his lack of communication when we aren't able to physically be in a classroom or visit him in office hours. When students raised concerns or asked questions, he avoided providing answers and was extremely defensive for absolutely no reason. He seems like a nice guy, but he wasn't there for his students when we needed it the most. Ignored all of my emails or responded days later when my questions were not even relevant. I will be avoiding all classes with huppin.

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Quarter: Spring 2017
Grade: A-
Nov. 15, 2017

I went to class, took notes, skimmed over the very few assigned readings, and studied the night before to get an A- . The information given on the slides are a bunch of experiments. Just know the experiment, the result, & why. 99% of them are common sense so they aren’t hard to remember. 2 midterms, no final, 2 “papers” (they are thought papers, so just put your opinion with some facts given in the slides and you’ll get full credit. About 1-2 pages in length). The midterms were multiple choice and 2 short answer questions. Easy A with little work and interesting material. (I am a south campus major, so comm isn’t even my thing)

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Quarter: Winter 2015
Grade: A
June 13, 2017

Tough class. Not sure exactly what he want from us on tests and grades seemed arbitrary.

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Quarter: Spring 2017
Grade: N/A
June 12, 2017

Professor Huppin does a great job with this class. The material is primarily based on evolutionary psychology, and he's been wonderful with making the necessary connections about why our communication via media has evolved to be the way it is today. His class is super fair -- he's not there to fail anyone. If you literally go to class every time and take decent notes, you're better off than the other 1/2 of the class. Midterm questions are specific, and you will need to study the diagrams/understand them to do well. Workload is minimal with a few short reading assignments, a 2 page thought paper, 2 midterms (NO FINAL), and a small project. I personally found this class super engaging, easy, and fun, especially since I'm not majoring in COMM. I would highly recommend this class to someone who is looking for an A in an upper-division class.

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Quarter: Winter 2015
Grade: N/A
Feb. 12, 2016

I have had the pleasure of taking two courses with Professor Huppin and I highly recommend taking one of his classes. This class consisted of two short papers, a multiple choice midterm, and a multiple choice final. The lectures are all very interesting and he always ties in contemporary events with each topic. He is helpful in office hours and his tests are very straightforward. If you do all of the readings and attend the lectures, you should be able to earn a solid grade. One of the better professors I have had in the Communication Studies Department at UCLA.

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Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A
Dec. 18, 2011

I'm fairly certain that there is one student in particular that is posting the same negative reviews on Huppin (8/28)... she posted something similarly negative about Professor Johnson in the Comm department as well. I had her in several of my classes as we were both Communication majors, and it was clear from the beginning that she hates evolutionary psychology and anyone that incorporates it into their lessons. Considering how many UCLA professors refer to it and how much evidence there is for the theory, it's shocking that she is still so ignorant about the subject. She consistently freaked out about sexism and racism and other -isms despite Huppin's very clear explanations about the studies that yielded these supposedly offensive results. So I would disregard her remarks, mostly she came off as a crazy.

As for Huppin himself, he’s a good professor who is very interested in building relationships with his students. I think I went to office hours with a total of 3 professors, and Huppin was one of them because he was so approachable. Tests weren’t super easy though. They’re multiple-multiple choice and get a little dicey, but he’s fair with any written assignments and curves generously at the end.

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Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A
Nov. 29, 2011

** Courses Taken with Huppin: Communications 146 and Communications 171

As previous reviewers have said, Huppin can have a monotone voice during his lectures. However, he is actually a good lecturer and knows his information pretty well. I've taken him for 2 different Communication courses and I would choose to take him again for a different course.

Communications 146: This was my first class taken from him and it was interesting because it involved a more thorough view into mass media images. The kind of annoying part of the class was that he had a monotone voice and went through lecture slides fast so it might be best to use a laptop to take notes. The topics were interesting - pornography, why men are attracted to certain women, the smell of men as an indicator of mate selection for women, etc. Pretty good stuff! The downside to this class were the exams. Both the midterm and final were quite tricky! He puts tricky questions on the exams so be warned! Read each question carefully and at least a few times. Overall, the class was enjoyable. The viewer below that mentioned that he was pro-abortion and rape of women is absolutely NUTS. She was in my class and she just wanted to have conflict with him because she was a troublemaker. It is NOT wise to take her review seriously.

Communications 171: This class is a law class around theories of freedom of speech. It's kind of an extension of Communications 101, so if you've taken 101 it might be a little easier to understand the concepts. I liked this class a little more than 146 because the exams (a midterm and a final) were essay-based and not tricky, multiple choice questions. There are a lot of cases that he goes over, but he goes over them in depth and you actually understand the material. His monotone voice is still there but at least the cases are interesting! There were some cases about pornography and school speeches that were kind of funny. I would recommend this class over Comm 146 but that's because law classes interest me.

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Grade: N/A
Sept. 5, 2011

the most boring professor i ever encountered in the the cs dep next to kelly i suppose. his monotone voice will put you to sleep. thankfully, there are more dynamic figures to choose from like fink for example.do not recommend unless u r an insomniac.

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Overall Rating
Based on 23 Users
Easiness 3.2 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 4.0 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 3.0 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 3.9 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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