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Neal King
Professor (2002 – 2015)
Virginia Tech (VT)
Communication
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3.2439***
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Rated by 123 students
2.71
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across 11 classes
Fall 2015 Schedule
Add to schedule TR 2:00pm-3:15pm
Add to schedule M 5:00pm-8:00pm
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COMM 3034
COMM 4034
HUM 3034
HUM 4034
SOC 1004
SOC 3104
WS 1824
WS 2264

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4****
SOC 1004 - Introductory Sociology
Dr. King is a good professor and very interesting. Sometimes you have to think two (or three or four) times about what he's saying to process it, but the fact that tests are open book and open notes certainly help that. You can average around a 75 on...
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Professor rated by: History Student on 5/4/08
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SOC 1004 - Introductory Sociology
When you attend the lectures they are almost always interesting. He is clearly a smart guy. However, unless you really love neal or really want to take this class... AVOID this class at all costs. His tests are ridiculously hard, and the class will j...
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Professor rated by: Finance, Insurance, and Business Student on 4/14/09
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SOC 1004
Introductory Sociology
1*
When you attend the lectures they are almost always interesting. He is clearly a smart guy. However, unless you really love neal or really want to take this class... AVOID this class at all costs. His tests are ridiculously hard, and the class will just end up pissing the shit out of you, If this is just a requirement you need to fill, do yourself a huge favor and take psych or a different professor
Professor rated by: Finance, Insurance, and Business Student on April 14, 2009
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WS 1824
Intro Women's & Gender Studies
2**
I go to all of King's classes and read all of the assignments, but when it comes to test time, the main thing to try to do is make some connection between the powerpoints and the readings. The way he words his questions (in class and on tests) is so unnecessarily confusing. He even recommends bringing a dictionary for the exams (for words in the questions) and lets you use your notes and book. He says he makes the tests really hard so he can give a big curve, but why would you do something that can benefit lucky guessers when you can really test on the MAIN POINTS of the readings?? This is probably the hardest class I'm in and the worst elective I could've chosen.
Professor rated by: Architecture Student on September 29, 2008
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SOC 1004
Introductory Sociology
4****
Dr. King is a good professor and very interesting. Sometimes you have to think two (or three or four) times about what he's saying to process it, but the fact that tests are open book and open notes certainly help that. You can average around a 75 on all of your tests and get an A in the class as long as you get your 20 points of outside stuff. He curves a lot because the material (and his test questions) are difficult. Still, it's hard to fail because of the great curving.
Professor rated by: History Student on May 4, 2008
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SOC 1004
Introductory Sociology
5*****
Pros: Extremely helpful during office hours/willing to work with you, offers some extra cred in the homework grade
Cons: Notoriously difficult exams, lots of articles to read
As a business major, I often think back to this class and apply what I learned from it to lots of things in my life. Yeah, that sounds like bull and rarely happens - how often do you really think about what you gleaned from a past course, let alone a non-major requirement? I'm still amazed at how much I've grown from it.

I took the class last spring and didn't do as well as I'd hoped on the 1st exam, even outraged at how cryptic everything sounded. If you'd told me then that I would've ended up with an A, I would've lol'd pretty hard then cried.

King's right when he says that you can nod along to what he says, agreeing that it makes sense, then growing mystified at the ambiguous questions on his exams. I say this NOT to discourage you from the class though. If you sit down and read and annotate his articles, with a sitting dedicated to an entire article so as not to break concentration, I think you'll learn to really absorb it. I think it also helps to make it a little personal, even though that's not what sociology's about. But this is exciting, relevant content. I promise you will find something to identify with.

I don't expect everyone to have the same interest I developed in it, but I found that the articles he chose were engaging and accessible stuff, and to this day I still read certain articles within the same vein. That's right, FOR FUN. Whaa-?

Additionally, please take advantage of going to all the extra credit events and maxing out that homework grade, because the most he'll curve on an exam is like 2-3 questions.

Despite that, he stands to date as one of the chillest profs at Tech. Very nice and approachable if you hit him up during office hours.
Professor rated by: Undeclared Student on December 11, 2011
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SOC 1004
Introductory Sociology
5*****
Pros: Dr. King's lectures are fascinating. He's incredibly knowledgeable about the subject. Going to office hours goes a long way--he appreciates one-on-one interaction, and going to office hours shows him that you are willing to put in extra effort. He's a nice and understanding person. I loved this class so much that I took two more of his classes the following year!

Cons: Nothing, I loved taking his class.
He provides an outline on the lecture on scholar. If you want to do well, take your own notes in addition to the outline. Write down what he says, not what is written on the slides. His tests are hard, but they are never cumulative and they're all open note. Most students fail them anyway, because they don't take their own notes in class.
Professor rated by: Sociology Student on August 22, 2014
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SOC 1004
Introductory Sociology
2**
He makes classes interesting but his test are extremely hard. If you aren't good at taking test like me then I suggest another professor.
Professor rated by: Psychology Student on March 12, 2008
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SOC 1004
Introductory Sociology
2**
Pros: -No textbook

-Extra Credit is Available

-Curved Tests
Cons: -EXTREMELY BORING

-Tests are unnecessarily difficult

-If you're conservative, you will disagree with about every political thing he says
Here's the think with Neal King: he is the epitome of a sociology professor; has long gray/blonde ponytail and talks like he is high the whole class. The lectures are large and his voice will put you to sleep (especially if you sit in the back). When it comes to tests, he asks very indirect questions that relate to 100+ pages of readings per test that you don't have time to sift through despite being open note. He does curve tests, but the curve gets slowly taken away as the semester rolls through.



The only thing that helped me get an A in this class was the extra credit given for excess "participation points". These points come from after class questions on Scholar (a scholar quiz where you ask him a question about material, easy to BS)(1 pt. each class), speaking events (points vary), and practice test questions before each test (6 test style questions 0.5 points each). Participation points are worth 25% (Other 75% is 5 tests) of the grade and you have to get 25 points in order to get a 100% in that category. To get the extra credit, you must get 28 points which is very easy to do.



Overall, Dr. King makes introductory sociology much more difficult than it needs to be. Do yourself a favor and take the class with a different professor, take it online, or take psychology (business students). Avoid it, or else your GPA can take a nasty hit!
Professor rated by: Finance, Insurance, and Business Student on March 24, 2016
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WS 1824
Intro Women's & Gender Studies
1*
Mr. King as a womens studies teacher is incredibly unfair and overly harsh with grading assignments. If you're going to take womens studies, do it with one of the teachers where it is possible to achieve an A. After writing extensive papers from additional readings and the text book, he will give you a C or a D+ and say something uninformative like "I Don't feel your ideas make good statements with the material". As unbiased as he tries to be with the material, he will not accept anyone elses point of view on the subject matter and has a lot of previous vendetta towards the school for actions taken against his family members who vandalized school property while speaking out on subjects related to the course material.
Professor rated by: Marketing Student on February 12, 2008
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SOC 1004
Introductory Sociology
3***
Pros: Amazing teacher. Really knows his stuff and is enthusiastic during class, not boring at all. I actually learned a lot from this course. Scholar assignments are extremely easy
Cons: 4 BRUTAL EXAMS. The tests are unnecessarily difficult. Basically, you go to class and pay attention and take a few notes. Then you have to read lengthy articles that are often redundant and take awhile to finish. Then comes the test...21 mult choice and T/F questions that will make you think harder than most exams you have ever taken. If King would just shorten his articles to be read, and make his exams not have "All the above" or "none of the above" or "Both A and C", the tests would be much simpler. If you want to learn sociology but do alot of cramming for tests, then take this class. If you want an easy A then get the heck out of this class.
Professor rated by: Accounting & Information Systems Student on April 9, 2013
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SOC 1004
Introductory Sociology
2**
Pros: Into what he's talking about

Curves the tests
Cons: Has to make the exams WAY more complicated than they need to be. He words the questions so unnecessarily complicated and the answers you can choose from aren't any better. The notes he gives also don't make any sense even when he's going over them because he mainly just writes them for himself.

Even when he curves the tests however it did absolutely nothing for me. He also had his grading a lot harsher as we had each test, so I would get more questions right after the first one but would get the same grade because he changed the scale. Curving literally NEVER helped at all.
Horrible class. I hated having him as a teacher especially when there were other easier teachers and I only had to take this in order to fill a requirement.
Professor rated by: Marketing Student on January 21, 2014
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SOC 3104
Sociological Theory
5*****
Pros: Dr. King knows EVERYTHING about theory. He gives a lot of examples to help the students understand the concepts. He keeps class to an hour twice a week, and gives plenty of opportunities for participation credit. The only way to get below an A in that part which counts for over 30% of your grade is to not do it. You have two essays that he fails everyone on, but I redid both of mine and he changed my F's to A's.
Cons: He uses sociological jargon on EVERYTHING and makes it impossible for anyone to get an A in the class. Most of the theories he introduced went in one ear and out the other.
Hard class, but Soc majors/minors have to take it. Do not freak out when you fail, because he even told me that's the "class average" until he curves everyone up to a C.
Professor rated by: Sociology Student on December 10, 2011
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WGS 1824
Intro Women's & Gender Studies
5*****
Pros: Passionate

Gives good examples

Lecture ties in the readings

Fair
Cons: Tests are difficult

A bit disorganized with due dates
Dr. King is a wonderful, passionate professor. He did a great job with organizing this course, and it was truly treated like an elective course. He didn't take role and he did a good job of incorporating real-world examples into the material. The readings were interesting a majority of the time, and 95% of his test questions are taken nearly verbatim from the reading. The tests are open note, open book, and he is always willing to clarify a question. 25% test, and 50% forums/lecture questions. Forums and lecture questions were simple, you just had to keep up with the due dates.
Professor rated by: Psychology Student on May 24, 2014
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SOC 3104
Sociological Theory
5*****
This class is VERY difficult! It deals with a lot of ideas that are very abstract and hard to apply. There is usually one test for this class....It was challenging! Expect to have as many choices to choose from as there are scantron bubbles. Don't get caught up with all the answer options! There were two papers for when I took this class. Point blank, if you don't go to his office hours atleast a few times per paper, you will fail. He's interested in effort and application over being able to do it yourself. Don't take this class if you aren't prepared to spend a good deal reading and a lot of one-on-one time with him,
Professor rated by: Sociology Student on January 21, 2010
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SOC 1004
Introductory Sociology
5*****
You probably shouldn't take this class w/ Prof King if you aren't very open-minded. You can tell he kind of takes a liberal stance on issues and a lot of the subject in the course is controversial. (Feminism, gay rights, abortion laws, immigration policies, religion, etc) However, GREAT class, GREAT professor. Knows his stuff 10000%. Exams are WORDED extremely hard but the content itself isn't hard. Exams are also open book and he does curves grade a little. Also readings are really lengthy (10-20 pages) but if you just print out the page numbers he throws out in class as well as the conclusion of the article you should be fine.
Professor rated by: Business Information Technology Student on November 28, 2015
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WS 1824
Intro Women's & Gender Studies
3***
hey is a real good teacher no doubt. He is knowledgeable and enthusatic about his work, but the only thing is that he is exams and article.....

They are hard. I think because he is a scholar, hence he ecpect a lot more from his students in general.



The brigth side is that he give extra credits and 35 other point besides exams and articles.



At the end, he is a good teacher but if you are taking WS just to boost your gpa, try a different teacher but if you are taking WS as a major or because you like it then he has a lot of knowledge to give you with a lot of facts to back it up with.
Professor rated by: Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise Student on February 2, 2008
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WGS 1824
Intro Women's & Gender Studies
2**
Pros: Seems interesting and knowledgeable.
Cons: Hard is an understatement. He tries to confuse you and gives the hardest exams with at least two correct answers and if you choose the other, he will proceed to tell you that "you're just not in the women and gender studies state of mind." God bless your soul if you know what means.
My guy friends in that class did well so I guess somehow they understood something about Feminism that a lot of the females couldn't grasp. As much as I thought I understood in that class, the exams would annihilate my grade.
Professor rated by: International Studies Student on January 3, 2015
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SOC 1004
Introductory Sociology
5*****
Great teacher! Loved him. The tests were a little hard and make you think, but he applies a curve for each test and you can use your notes & articles. Also, gives your grade a boost with lecture questions that you can post and other things on blackboard. Class has a lot of reading with the articles, but they are interesting. Loved his class and really made me think about the world and changed my view on how I looked at things. If you want an intellectually stimulating class that isn't too hard, def. take it.
Professor rated by: Finance, Insurance, and Business Student on April 30, 2009
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SOC 1004
Introductory Sociology
5*****
Pros: -Provides readings so you do not have to buy a textbook

-Provides outlines for lectures as well as study guides and practice exams for tests

-Open note tests
Professor King is really smart. His lectures are really insightful and he's usually pretty organized with how he presents the information. Grading scale is very straightforward. Exams are open-note, although, VERY hard at times. you can tell hes really passionate about this subject and he's very funny and relatable.
Professor rated by: Management Student on December 14, 2015
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SOC 1004
Introductory Sociology
5*****
loved loved loved Neal King! he is very interesting and a great teacher. took this class in the Squires Colonial room, which was annoying because no desks. his tests were all open notes and non-cumulative, which makes them pretty easy, but he kind of asks questions in a weird way. if you go to class and take notes, especially on what he says about the articles, then you should be fine. just make sure you print out all of the notes before the exam!
Professor rated by: Human Development Student on December 14, 2015
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SOC 1004
Introductory Sociology
4****
King is an intelligent guy and his lectures are pretty interesting most of the time, but his tests -- even though they are open book, notes etc -- are impossible. Despite going to class, taking notes (or just listening), I didn't do well. My best grade came from the test that I didn't go to class at all, did no studying, and basically just blew it off. DEFINITELY take another professor if you can't handle over-complicated, wordy test questions.
Professor rated by: Psychology Student on April 30, 2008
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