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Deanna Alexander
Professor (2001 – 2015)
Virginia Tech (VT)
Sociology
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4.8036****+
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Rated by 56 students
3.77
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across 6 classes
Fall 2015 Schedule
Add to schedule TR 3:30pm-4:45pm
Add to schedule TR 12:30pm-1:45pm
All Classes
SOC 1004
SOC 2014
SOC 2304
SOC 2404
SOC 3414
SOC 3424
SOC 4014

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5*****
SOC 1004 - Introductory Sociology
Pros: The only grades are 4 4-page essays (which she graded really easily - everyone got A's and she just wants you to ramble for the most part about the topic) and in-class assignments that everyone gets 100s on as long as you go to class. Overall, easy A if you go to class and give the essays an hour or two of your time. She's a really sweet old lady and wants her students to learn and succeed in college. She wants her class to be fun and for everyone to get an easy A.
Cons: Deanna told us on the first day that she did drugs in the 60s and it affected her brain. She's pretty crazy and her stories are out there, but class is worth going to just to hear them. She did say that from now on, she won't allow computers so the class might get boring if you can't spend all your time on the internet.
Professor rated by: Mathematics Student on 12/8/10
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3***
SOC 1004 - Introductory Sociology
Pros: It's honestly an easy class. There are 10 random in-class "assignments" which are basically attendance grades. The essay exams are not very hard, and you get the opportunity to be creative.

She's funny, and pretty laid-back. She's nice and will talk to you like she's known you forever.

The topics in class are interesting, and she is entertaining because she often jokes around and tells stories.
Cons: She takes forever to grade papers, but makes up for that by being a really laid back grader (and not having very difficult papers)

She is extremely conservative, and frequently brings her views into class. That isn't a problem, but she states her opinions as if they are sociological facts, which can get irritating.

And she isn't very sensitive with her more controversial views. For example she frequently used the term "illegals" for immigrants, even when a student in class (who was at one in America illegally) spoke up and showed offense.
Professor rated by: Sociology Student on 12/2/15
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SOC 1004
Introductory Sociology
5*****
Pros: The only grades are 4 4-page essays (which she graded really easily - everyone got A's and she just wants you to ramble for the most part about the topic) and in-class assignments that everyone gets 100s on as long as you go to class. Overall, easy A if you go to class and give the essays an hour or two of your time. She's a really sweet old lady and wants her students to learn and succeed in college. She wants her class to be fun and for everyone to get an easy A.
Cons: Deanna told us on the first day that she did drugs in the 60s and it affected her brain. She's pretty crazy and her stories are out there, but class is worth going to just to hear them. She did say that from now on, she won't allow computers so the class might get boring if you can't spend all your time on the internet.
Professor rated by: Mathematics Student on December 8, 2010
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SOC 1004
Introductory Sociology
5*****
Pros: The class is such a breeze, you have four papers that take about an hour to write and then 50% of your grade is online assignments that you get a 100 for as long as you show up. If you need SOC 1004, she is definitely the professor to take.
Cons: The class is kind of boring, but a very easy A.
Great professor, she really cares about her students!
Professor rated by: University Course Series Student on January 12, 2011
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SOC 1004
Introductory Sociology
5*****
The exams were four take home essays and she gives you the prompt well in advance. She tends to go on tangents but she is an adorable old lady and her lectures are so straight forward and easy to follow.
Professor rated by: Psychology Student on November 27, 2010
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SOC 1004
Introductory Sociology
5*****
Deanna is amazing. She knows exactly what she's teaching, and she loves teaching it. She really looks out for her students and is always available to talk after class if you have any problems. She's quirky and super cool, never gives out tests (so no final exam) but she does random, super easy in class quizzes to make sure people are actually coming to class and even if you miss a few questions, you get the 100 for participation/showing up. She gives 3-4 essays out throughout the class (substitutes for exams) and they're like middle school essays so don't even sweat it. Overall its a great, fun, easy class and you really do learn a lot from it!
Professor rated by: Population Health Sciences Student on August 15, 2011
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SOC 1004
Introductory Sociology
5*****
The exams aren't exams they are really papers about 4-5 pages. About imaginative topics. Easier grader. Easier class. Really interesting. She's kinda crazy but in a good way. And very sweet. Occasionally she has quizzes but they are for attendance and not correctness. Make sure you come to class. You won't be bored anyways.
Professor rated by: Political Science Student on March 14, 2010
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SOC 3414
Criminology
5*****
Pros: 1. Sweet, awesome little old lady teacher

2. Shows a lot of old films in class (VHS tape old)

3. Very interesting subject once you get past the initial introduction. You get to learn about serial killers, deviant behavior, government corruption, etc. aka all the cool stuff.

4. 3 3-page papers where you have a variety of topics to choose from. All the papers can be knocked out in a night.
Cons: 1. She can be a little crazy, but it makes for an interesting class. Not a con for me, but I figure it may be for some people

2. Hard to actually get into the class. Stalk drop add when it opens.
Very fun class to take. I legitimately took this class for fun, and I was not disappointed. Just don't be the douchebag who only shows up to turn in papers; it's a great class, go to it!
Professor rated by: Chemistry Student on August 20, 2014
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SOC 1004
Introductory Sociology
4****
Pros: Only 3 easy papers throughout the entire semester. Easy quizzes, she basically gives you the answers or just gives you a 100 if you turn one in. Makes the subject pretty interesting.
Cons: Kinda crazy and eccentric. Has some annoying habits when talking.
Awesome professor. Relates a lot of the material back to her life experiences, which are...interesting, to say the least.
Professor rated by: Building Construction Student on December 12, 2010
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SOC 1004
Introductory Sociology
5*****
Pros: Crazy lady!

Fun Stories

Will Go Above and Beyond
Cons: None
She really cares about her students and even arranged for me to meet and get autographs with the men's basketball team for my birthday! Love her!
Professor rated by: Psychology Student on December 6, 2010
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SOC 1004
Introductory Sociology
5*****
Pros: She's so funny, sweet, cute, and really cares about her students. She is probably one of my favorite professors I've had at Tech so far. She makes the class enjoyable and laid back. Her class is a guaranteed A if you show up and write the 3 papers. She grades really easily, you could google some basic information to write your paper and still get an A if you're one of those kids who would rather be doing something else than paying attention to her... So really you don't even need to pay attention if you didn't want to but she's pretty interesting and has good stories. Her class is laid back. She lectures but you don't need to take notes if you don't want to, just listen so you have basic knowledge to write your paper. We watch movies, have funny discussions, and she lets the class out early every time. She's great, all in all try to take sociology with her, it's a guaranteed GPA booster. You won't regret it!
Cons: She takes attendance 10 times throughout the semester randomly to calculate your attendance grade. So you have to go to class everyday because you never know when attendance will be taken.
Professor rated by: Engineering Student on January 15, 2014
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SOC 1004
Introductory Sociology
3***
Pros: It's honestly an easy class. There are 10 random in-class "assignments" which are basically attendance grades. The essay exams are not very hard, and you get the opportunity to be creative.



She's funny, and pretty laid-back. She's nice and will talk to you like she's known you forever.



The topics in class are interesting, and she is entertaining because she often jokes around and tells stories.
Cons: She takes forever to grade papers, but makes up for that by being a really laid back grader (and not having very difficult papers)



She is extremely conservative, and frequently brings her views into class. That isn't a problem, but she states her opinions as if they are sociological facts, which can get irritating.



And she isn't very sensitive with her more controversial views. For example she frequently used the term "illegals" for immigrants, even when a student in class (who was at one in America illegally) spoke up and showed offense.
Professor rated by: Sociology Student on December 2, 2015
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SOC 1004
Introductory Sociology
5*****
Pros: Gives weeks to complete the essays. We watched a lot of videos. Would randomly cancel class and let us leave early if it was a nice day outside.
Cons: Takes random attendance.
Really great professor. She is kind of crazy, but very knowledgeable and hilarious.
Professor rated by: Criminology Student on May 14, 2016
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SOC 1004
Introductory Sociology
5*****
awesome teacher and so sweet! you only have to write 3 or 4 papers (2-3 pages) on easy topics. she's an easy easy grader too!
Professor rated by: Psychology Student on January 18, 2010
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SOC 1004
Introductory Sociology
5*****
Pros: Best teacher to take intro to soc with
Professor rated by: Biological Sciences Student on May 6, 2010
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SOC 1004
Introductory Sociology
5*****
Pros: No homework

No test or final exam

Three EASY papers (3.5 pages each) which takes about 2-3 hours and I am a slow writer.
Cons: Nothing.
Her class is interesting because she tells you stories. Some of the stories are out there. Like what many people said, you have to show up to class for attendance quizzes. IMO I would rather show up to class everyday and get easy attendance points (if you show up you get a 100 on the quiz no matter how many questions you miss) rather than studying for a quiz or test in the other sections. Also 50% of your grade is on attendance which makes the class even easier. The other 50% is comprised of three papers graded very easily. There is no homework or reading assignments in the class. You don't even need the textbook. I would highly recommend her. Also, you can bring your computer to class if you want (but her class is interesting so you will probably pay attention to her more than using your computer)
Professor rated by: Biochemistry Student on October 8, 2013
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SOC 3414
Criminology
5*****
Pros: Easy class, she makes the topic really exciting, cancels class all the time
Cons: nothing
Alexander was one of the best professors I've had at Tech. It's an honor to have been in her class and I learned so much more than I imagined. Her class is hard to add because it's so popular but you just have to get lucky. I see the world in a different way after taking her class and I would highly recommend this class to anyone at Virginia Tech.
Professor rated by: Psychology Student on May 5, 2015
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SOC 1004
Introductory Sociology
5*****
Pros: Awesome teacher, she cares for the students a great deal!

She goes above and beyond the course material
Cons: Class frequently goes off topic - not really a con for me but it may be for some
Dr. Deanna is one of the best professors at VT. She cares about you and does everything she can to make class quirky and interesting. If you want a different experience, take her class.
Professor rated by: Electrical & Computer Engineer Student on June 9, 2011
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SOC 1004
Introductory Sociology
5*****
The class consisted of 10 "in-class assignments" which ended up just being attendance, and 3 papers for a total of 200 points. She is a very easy grader and is a lovable and interesting lady. She asked us what we wanted to learn and showed many (old, like from the 80s old) videos that were pretty informative. Overall a very easy class.
Professor rated by: Biological Sciences Student on May 4, 2010
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SOC 1004
Introductory Sociology
5*****
Pros: She's a wonderful teacher. She's extremely understanding, personable, and fun! You only have 3 papers to right which are all less than 4 pages. She also cancels class a good amount.
Cons: She can't teach every subject at Virginia Tech.
One of the most amazing professors you will ever have, period.
Professor rated by: Marketing Student on December 24, 2012
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SOC 1004
Introductory Sociology
5*****
Pros: Great class to lighten the mood and have a good time. Told lots of stories that helped pass the time.



Easy A if you do the three papers she assigns.
Interesting class that I always attended to hear her stories, even though the class was 4-5:15
Professor rated by: University Course Series Student on May 16, 2015
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SOC 1004
Introductory Sociology
5*****
Pros: Easy class.

Great person.

A historic tech professor.
Cons: A little dry.
If you are going to take soc then have her be your teacher. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and if you put forth the effort then you will easily get an A.
Professor rated by: Finance, Insurance, and Business Student on March 19, 2012
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