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Monuments and Ideas

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Professor: Hunisak J

Value of Course / Overall Score

Not Much (15.2%
Average (48.5%)
Valuable (36.4%)


Friendly (18.2%)
Average (51.5%)
Competitive (30.3%)

Class Atmosphere

Boring (27.3%)
Average (66.7%)
Fascinating (6.1%)

Prep Time Needed

1-2hr (15.2%)
3-5hr (48.5%)
6-8hr (27.3%)
9-11hr (9.1%)
12+ hr (0%)

Grade Weighting

Harder (45.5%)
Average (3%)
Easier (51.5%)

Adequate Assistance

Yes (72.7%)
No (27.3%)

Would Recommend Class

Yes (53.1%)
No (46.9%)

Evaluation Comments for Hunisak J

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  7. This course is what you would expect out of an intro class. There is a lot of material, and you don't go too in depth on any of it. The lectures were often boring, but the discussions were worth while, especially the ones at the art museum. The work load is very light. There are only two (2 page!) essays and two exams. You don't really need to do the reading. There are a lot of works to identify, but that is only about 10% of each exam, so you can get by OK guessing on that section.
  8. Hunisak's passion brings the material to life. Lots of reading, worth doing, difficult papers. Fascinating to sit in class if you enjoy looking at art.
  9. I agree with most of the other comments about Monuments and Ideas. Hunisak is extremely enthusiastic and well-versed in the subject matter and this shows in his nearly flawless lectures. He appreciates and puts a lot of effort into helping smart, hard-working students, but appears to have little patience for people who lag behind (this seems to be a common trait in all of the teachers i've had that went to Williams). It can be hard to stay awake at 1:30 in the afternoon just after lunch, but asking questions and generally showing an interest in what he is saying can get you on his good side. If he knows that you share some of his enthusiasm, I believe that he has a more favorable view of you going into the papers. The readings are impenetrable. I spent hours in the library (nearly all of the material is out of print and on reserve) plowing my way through them. However, as someone else mentioned, if you don't read them, it can come back at bite you in the ass come paper writing time. Overall, don't sweat the response papers, pour all your blood and tears and intellect into the four main papers, and ask questions in class. That is a pretty good recipe for success (unless you're a terrible writer).
  10. Parts of this class were interesting, but overall it did not add anything to my education at Middlebury. Also, unless you write your papers exactly like Prof. Hunisak wants them, they will be B- papers, even if you are an exceptional writer.
  11. Hunisak is an amazing lecturer, but a stickler when it comes to grading essays. Work hard on your essays, and keep improving.
  12. DON'T TAKE THIS COURSE WITH HUNISAK. You will hate yourself. and him. He is an awful professor who likes the sound of his own voice. e
  13. This is much more of a writing class above anything else! He's a very tough grader and very MEAN in his comments on the papers. The topics covered were not that interesting to me, I expected that we would cover a much broader field of the subject. Otherwise, it gets quite apparent how enthusiastic he is about art, that's so funny! I hardly am able to stay awake in the lectures, but he sometimes adds (very shocking and improper) comments which are hilarious!
  14. I loved Professor Hunisak more than I can say. The class was so amazing and after it's over you have a good grasp of major works of art in history. His lectures are fascinating, he has a dry sense of humor and tells a lot of anecdotes. It's hard to stay awake sometimes, because it's after lunch and the room is dark, but it's worth taking. There are only three papers to write, that took me less than four hours each. The reading is always paraphrased more interestingly by Hunisak in the lectures. He does like the Socratic method in disscussions though, so watch your back!
  15. The lectures were well worth it, but his grading is tough and unfair.
  16. Many people bag on Hunisak, but I think he's a good guy. He is so passionate about the subjects that it makes the class more interesting.
  17. Class was very enriching. The reading was mostly skimable, just added to lecture. The papers, in all fairness, were tough to write. We had one day to write the papers, and that meant I stayed up until 4 most nights writing them. What I learned was very interesting, and heightened my appreciation of cathedrals and art.
  18. This class was rediculous... 300 pages on stonehenge? It was a little much. Though it was kind of funny how excited Hunisak got during the discussions, he was not very good at leading them and it was a rare occasion that something interesting became of them. He was very intimidating and rude about papers, not to mention that the readings were probably some of the most boring I'll ever do. Good luck staying awake in the lectures!
  19. Don't really need to do the reading to prepare for normal lectures or even discussions. However, come paper time, it will come up and bite you. Hunisak is money if you know how to write well and if you can stay awake in the dark lecture room. Use the lecture ideas in your papers- he loves that!
  20. Hunisak's interest and excitement in the material make him a great person to teach this class. He is very demanding in his grading of papers.
  21. John Hunisak is a great professor & I would recommend taking any class that he teaches (**especially** his 17th Century Rome class).
  22. Professor Hunisak gives great lectures. There are no tests in the course. He has a specific style of writing that he demands in the papers that he assigns and it is tough at first to figure it out.
  23. Hunisak is a really witty, funny guy. However, he is also a tough grader and has high standards. He really wants you to improve and pushes you to do so. Most professors just sit back and tell you how smart you are. He is honest, we are not that smart. Once you get over this, he can really help you improve your writing skills. You literally don't need to take a single note in any class. No tests, 4 papers, no finals. Its pretty easy, but its boring.
  24. After a full semester of many touchstones in western art, one realizes that the real masterpiece in this course is Hunisak himself. From his colorful language and equally garish sweaters to his intricate knowledge of Rome and his absolute ignorance of everything else, Hunisak is a total character. People say he's a hard grader, but if you can read quickly and write well you'll do fine.
  25. Impossibly difficult grader, but an amazing lecturer. This class is a nice alternative to the typical art history survey class, and covers a lot of the main art historical concepts.
  26. John Hunisak is an amazing man. His lectures are flawless, and his enthusiasm for the subjects he chooses is inspiring. You don't necessarily have to do all of the reading, but always come to discussion with questions that come from the text. He is very happy to answer any questions, even if you think they are stupid. He really knows his stuff. You should probably start papers a little earlier, which means before his last lecture on the material, because it gets a little hectic that last day. I recommend this class and professor highly, but i've heard really mixed opinions.
  27. People complain way too much about this course. There are NO TESTS, NO MIDTERMS, NO FINAL and only 4 papers. A lot of my friends were in the Art History Survey which was a buch of memorizing. In M&I, you get extensive knowledge of a few famous masterpieces and essentially you learn how to anaylize and write about art. Professor Hunisak's lectures can get boring but he is a very personable and understanding guy. He is a very tough grader but when you finally master his tough grading style, I have been told by many professors that you are set for any writing course here. He is also very willing and accessible to help you at any time in order to set you on the right path. The resources are there if you use them and you can do well with minimal work. You dont even have to do the reading
  28. I can honestly say that there were only two or three classes that I did not fall asleep in. The lectures are incredibly boring, and the discussions are usually just time for Hunisak to lecture more. He is also a very hard grader and his comments consist of criticisms that do not tell you how to improve. I would advise against taking this class unless you are REALLY interested in the topics.
  29. His grading was ridiculous and unfair, his comments obnoxious and unhelpful at best. The lectures are painfully boring, and he has a tendancy to ask students for a comment and immediately shoot it down if it differs from his own views.
  30. This was the worst class i have ever taken. Not only did we spend 300 pages on stonehenge, but Hunisak has some sort complex about giving his students anything but a C in his class. It's not just the poor students or the kids who don't work hard who are getting bad grades, it's everyone. If you really want to spend three days writing a paper for a terrible grade in return, go for it, otherwise stay clear of this class.
  31. It's a great idea for a course, and the instructor can teach things that really interest them. Hunisak focused quite a bit on Rome, and for a beginning art history student, it would have been nice to have more variety. Paper grading was extremely hard, especially for students who presumeably have no background. It really made me interested in art history and I found some works I really love. This is a great, interesting, un-survey introductory class.
  32. Its a good class but John Hunisak has very high expectations on the papers. not advisable for those who want to keep GPA high.
  33. There are no exams in this class.

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