All Ratings and Reviews for Saloni Mathur
Professor Mathur is one of the best professors I've had at UCLA in that she is incredibly thoughtful, intelligent, and always eager to promote discussion. That being said, had this been the only class I'd taken with her, I probably wouldn't have the same opinion. I think the real limit to this course was the dense, boring textbook ($80) we had to buy and which she used to structure her whole class. I felt like we were going over and over the same museums/themes for ten weeks because she was just trying to give us our money's worth for the text. And though she rarely went over the readings, the midterm itself was structured around your knowledge of all the authors and essays up to the test. She mentioned possible guest speakers and field trips, but our only trip to the Hammer was for a panel on museum careers and not necessarily related to the class. Overall, while Mathur herself is a great lecturer, I would wait around for one of her classes or seminars on Southeast Asian art.
This class taught me so much about the not only the art world, but the effects of museums on infrastructure, communities, and culture. I loved this class so much and Prof Mathur is the perfect person to teach it.
I am not an art history major and I wanted to take this class as an upper div elective. Week one she assigned a difficult reading that was hard to understand. It was very discouraging and I was ready to drop the class, but I stayed and I’m glad I did. The readings were manageable and the hardest reading was from week one. She even said herself that it was hard to digest, but she and the TA’s did a good job at explaining it. I found this class very interesting and the workload was not much. I was always able to do the short essays the day before and got A’s on all of them. We only had one test and it wasn’t very difficult. Her pop quiz’s are extremely easy. I would take her again.
It was my first time taking a Art History class, to preface I'm a psychology major and 95% of the class were art history majors except for this other guy and I. Not gonna lie, this was a tough class because there were quite a lot of readings and most of them can be a little confusing and requires you to go through it more than once. There were 4 short papers throughout the quarter submitted electronically to the TA, one midterm and one final which included some multiple choice questions and 2-3 open response essay questions.
Professor Mathur is very informational and if you listen and take good notes (although I was blanking out quite a lot, I still managed to catch chunks here and there), you should be able to do your assignments and tests no problem. Lectures aren't podcasted for this class.
Go for discussion section!!! The discussion section in this class was mainly how I studied for the midterms and finals because we would split up and go through all the potential topics and my TA, Lidia was amazing and very encouraging. After the midterm, I was freaking out and considered changing my grading to P/NP because I wasn't sure where I stood in the class but she told me to keep it at LG because I was improving from my first assignment.
Not sure if I would take an Art History class again simply because it wasn't too too interesting to me but it isn't a bad class!
This is definitely one of the best classes I've taken at UCLA. Professor Mathur is very, very passionate about the subject and makes the class very engaging. This is also a class that is not necessarily an easy A, as you DEFINITELY need to pay close attention to the readings, as you will be tested on them in pop quizzes, the response papers, the midterm (ESPECIALLY for the multiple choice section), and the final. However, the I think that the workload is pretty reasonable and all of the readings are accessible on CCLE, which is very convenient. My only complaint about the readings is that the pictures are in black and white most of the time, so if you want to look at the images you are going to have to google them yourself. Overall, I think that this class was very enjoyable and I recommend it 100%.
I love professor Mathur!! Best professor I have taken and she truly cares for the content she teaches as well as her students. I learned so much from her and the content in the class was amazing. I got a solid in her class and we had to do a few response questions for her class, 2 quizzes, in class midterm, and take home final. But this class is quite interesting and the teacher is so lovable and sweet! Loved this class
I took this course to fill a requirement, but after I can honestly say I love art of South Asia. Professor Mathur is so passionate about what she teaches it's hard to not love her and love the subject. She is very approachable and when you go to her office hours she really want to help you. I would 100% recommend Mathur for any student. She is tough and expects her students to know the material, but I think this is a great quality.
Professor Mathur is great! She goes the extra mile to make sure students understand the topics and promotes open discussion during lecture. She's very understanding and passionate about teaching. She is also a very fair grader. She takes into consideration if there has been improvement from the midterm to the final. Very sweet and down to earth.
Professor Mathur is a great role model--a gifted intellectual who finds true joy in what she does. I found her lectures well organized and informative, her office hours enlightening and the class in general to be a huge eye opener. Taking Museum Studies with her confirmed my desire to work in the art world and educated me on the responsibilities and challenges that will present. I encourage all art history students to sign up for her classes and feel their IQ leap up ten points with each rich and complex lecture.
As a cultural anthropologist Professor Mathur is excellent at deconstructing what so many take for granted in everyday life. It is unfortunate, however, to have taken her museum studies course from last year, and to have gone through her Modernism and Mankind course this quarter, only to find that a great deal of the material has been repeated. It seemed like a tremendous waste of time to go over so much material that has already been discussed in depth. Furthermore, the Modernism and Mankind class was originally meant for a class of 15 students and was allowed to grow to a full classroom. For those of us who were anticipating a more personalized setting it was a profound disappointment. Perhaps next time, if demand is so high, the class should be devided into sections. Professor Mathur is a kind and encouraging professor, but she needs to find some new material to cover and stick to smaller classes in order to accomodate the kind of interaction and debates she is so fond of inspiring.
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