Christian, Karen  

Modern Languages and Literatures

3.58/4.00

33 evaluations


ES 112


Junior
N/A
General Ed
Mar 2006
Professor Christian is awesome. Her class is very organized and she teaches you a lot of important material, while still making the class fairly easy. One problem is that since Poly is mostly Conservative, most of the material falls on deaf ears. She is liberal, does an excellent job of letting every student talk and express opinions (no matter how retarded they are, and trust me there will be at least one). She is also good at holding her own personal opinions back and letting the material and readings and FACTS do the talking. Excellent class.


Freshman
B
General Ed
Apr 2006
Alright so here's the story, if you are the least bit conservative do not take this class! I felt this class was all about bashing whites and how terrible we are and oh don't forget the male population either, they are the worst especially if they are white. She has a very liberal point of view and has no problem disagreeing against any conservative view points. The only homework was reading which was imporant, some of it was interesting while other parts of it were ridiculous. The bottom line to this class is if you end up having to take it the only way to do well is forget about your opinions, write exactly what she wants to hear on the tests, and for your own sanity take nothing she says seriously.


Sophomore
A
General Ed
Jun 2006
I actually looked forward to this class. it was really low key. there was a lot of reading, but if you did not do it and just used some common sense on the semi-pop quizzes you can do well .i got 100%,100%, 65%, 89%, 100% on the quizzes without ever reading because I went to class and she talks about the readings in class. she is very liberal, but come on, college profs are usually liberal, but she acknowledges other points of view if you have the balls to voice your opinion against hers. i am very conservative and i did not feel like she was forcing me to accept her liberal views. she just provided another perspective, and i told her when i thought she was wrong. her tests were very straightforward. go to class and write down the notes she writes on the board (which are like 4 def a class, not a lot) or get them from other ppl. this class was not too demanding, and she is a very happy person so you just get this uplifting vibe.


Junior
N/A
General Ed
Jun 2006
everyone should take this class. many of us have only one perspective of society, this class and prof. christian let us into the world of "the other" person. it's important to see how the world through other people's eyes. this helps us become well rounded. the class wasn't too demanding, just lots of reading (some readings were really interesting, others put me to sleep), tests are straightforward and are mostly from lectures and readings. the class requires a lot of discussion too, and you also have to do a five minute presentation on a reading.

SPAN 121


Junior
A
Elective
Dec 2004
I love, love, LOVE Professor Munoz-Christian! She is such an excellent teacher! She is enthusiastic, energetic, extremely knowledgeable, and her class is a blast. She really encourages all of her students to use Spanish; she is not so concerned with her students being correct, more so that they are trying and gaining confidence in their Spanish speaking ablilities. There are some homework assignments and short essays, but, hey, it's college, you are supposed to do some work. Her tests are not hard at all, she prepares her students really well. I can't say enough good things about her, and I recomend that everyone take a class from her, she is wonderful!


Sophomore
A
General Ed
May 2005
She was an easy, great teacher! But I didn't learn that much. MLL needs more native speakers and less PC crap!!


Freshman
A
Required (Support)
Feb 2008
Munoz-Christian is FANTASTIC. She's very enthusiastic and absolutely requires participation. The coursework is all review from 101-103, so if you know that, you'll ace the class. Three short tests (one on present tense, one on past, and one on the rest)and volunteer hours.


Freshman
A
Elective
Feb 2009
Definitly do the homework and small amounts of assigned reading because sometimes there is material on the reading that is not touched on during class. The reading also clarified a lot of questions I had during lecture. She was a nice lady and the class was easy, although I had a lot of high school spanish experience


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Dec 2011
Great personality, clear objectives in the quarter, and overall understanding this class is for non-spanish major students. However, i feel I would take her for any language classes, as she is an amazing instructor and person.


Senior
N/A
Elective
Jun 2013
Loved this class with her!!!! She is awesome and I really enjoyed coming to class to learn from her. If I wasn't graduating this quarter I would totally take another class from her.

SPAN 122


Sophomore
B
General Ed
May 2005
Nice lady. Better than Valasques and Fegan


Freshman
A
Required (Support)
Feb 2008
Karen Munoz-Christian is an amazing professor! She is very understanding of her students' needs. Her class was so much fun. If you go to class every day, participate (which you'll have to do anyways), and turn in your assignments on time, you'll get an A for sure. TAKE HER.


Freshman
N/A
Elective
Dec 2010
Christian is such a nice woman, and she is clearly in love with spanish. However, the way the class was presented was not my cup of tea. I found it a little condescending. I also found her assignments very inconsistent, and she didn\'t put them on the syllabus. she\'s sweet, and her class can be fun, but be prepared to be treated like a high schooler for lower level classes.


Freshman
N/A
Required (Major)
Dec 2010
Take Mu˝oz-Christian for Spanish. She is great. There is a lot of pair work, asking each other questions from the book to practice a new verb conjugation and whatnot, but its fun. She laughs a lot when she hears the funny answers we came up with. Her energy and excitement is what made the class so awesome. She gets really enthusiastic about things, and it makes the class enjoyable. She doesn\'t like when you have to miss class, but gives you 3 unexcused absences before taking away points from your final grade. Definitely take this her class


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Dec 2010
Karen was great! For a 9am class I never once felt tired because her lectures were so lively. This class is mainly a review of past Spanish classes you take to make sure everyone is on the same page before going into 124, I highly recommend taking her.

SPAN 124


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Jan 2006
Very helpful teacher and very encouraging in learning the Spanish language. I took her for Span Comp and enjoyed the open topic assignments. Fair grading. Always makes the subject interesting and lively.


Junior
A
Elective
Feb 2006
Dra. Mu


Freshman
A
Required (Support)
Aug 2006
she is by far my favorite prof so far at cal poly. she is so passionate about her students and about teaching spanish. you will never be bored in this class. the workload is not overwhelming either. i was nervous to jump into this class, but she makes the homework and essays very manageable. you turn in rough drafts before your final essays which she corrects for you, so there is not a whole lot of pressure. the book we read is pretty entertaining too, and she doesn't make you use or buy a textbook. she is an awesome teacher and this was a really fun class! take munoz-christian!!


Freshman
A
General Ed
Oct 2006
Very helpful with explaining any misunderstood Spanish grammar. Clear instructions with assignments. Makes most corrections for you when turning your paper back in for more credit. Fun and nice professor.


Freshman
B
Elective
Dec 2007
I highly recommend professor munoz-christian. She is the best Spanish teacher I have ever had. Her classes are exciting, fun, and she is always in a great mood. She tell hilarious stories and will teaches exactly what you need to know. TAKE HER CLASS!


Freshman
B
Elective
Mar 2008
Christian-Munoz is a pretty good professor. I went to this class straight from AP spanish in high school, and I found it to be more challenging than expected. The class is mostly essays and in-class writing, so you have to be there pretty much every day. It's not that bad of a class, I just don't recommend sleeping through it because then you'll be playing catch up.


Sophomore
C
Required (Major)
Apr 2009
She is great! Follow her attendance policy. If you do miss more than she allows, you will be docked!! I should have gotten a B- but got the C+ instead, so trust ehr when she says more than a week of absences and you're getting bumped down!!


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Feb 2011
There's almost no reason to evaluate her because of how well she is rated already. Prof. Christian Munoz is a joy to have as a professor. She has a really upbeat attitude and creates a fun class enviornment. She makes it comfortable for everyone from native speakers to those that struggle. She's not at all critical and makes a huge effort to get to know her students. I am very much looking forward to taking more classes with her.

SPAN 203


Sophomore
B
Elective
Dec 2016
Professora Christian is very passionate about teaching and brings energy to the class every day. She is caring and understanding and truly wants her students to succeed. Class is kept interesting since she breaks it up into groups to work on textbook activities and discuss, which makes the two hours go by much faster than if it were all lecture. Although she is a challenging grader on essays, she provides very helpful revisions on your rough draft so you can do better on the final draft. The essays are challenging but the tests are not.


Freshman
B
Elective
Jun 2017
Karen is an awesome professor and she cares a lot about her students. She is somewhat lenient on turning in late work, depending on the weight of the assignment and how late you turn it in. You actually need to read Ladron de la mente because it's obvious in your homework assignment when you're BS-ing. The grammar concepts aren't too hard but try hard to memorize the vocab for her quiz/test.

SPAN 233


Sophomore
A
Elective
Dec 2008
Professor Christian-Munoz is the BEST professor. She is funny, excited to be teaching, and makes boring topic interesting. I took her for 124 and I gave her the same vote. Shes the best professor out there, so TAKE HER CLASS.

SPAN 301


5th Year Senior
C
Required (Major)
Jul 2008
Karen is an awesome teacher. Although she made my last quarter ever which I thought was going to be easy way harder than it should have been I still like her. She is like a kindergarten teacher. She gets really excited if you bring up something interesting during a discussion. On the down side she assigns soooo much work. A one page essay pretty much every class, 4 three page essays, a ten page essay and a bunch of tests and quizzes and presentations. You can have a test an essay and a presentation all due on the same day just for one class. I think it was actually detrimental to my Spanish cause I just didn't put very much work into any of the assignments cause there were too many (and cause the weather was nice and I was about to leave the beautiful SLO).


Senior
A
Elective
May 2012
Christian was awesome for this class. She does a really good job at reviewing grammar and making sure you have the opportunity to really improve your writing skills. The book you read all quarter long is pretty doable and is actually pretty good if you enjoy time traveling suspense/romance novels. The paper at the end is a little challenging as it's a 10 page research paper completely in spanish, but there's no final! She's definitely the best prof. in the Spanish department and she even brought doughnuts from SLODOCO for us on the last day of class!

SPAN 302


Junior
A
Required (Support)
May 2017
Prof. Mu├▒oz is by far one of my favorite Spanish teacher's I've had. She definitely expects you to put in a good amount of work if you want a good grade, but you will get out what you put in. She is passionate about Spanish, and about treating people with respect, kindness, and dignity. Take her!

SPAN 305


Senior
A
Required (Major)
Apr 2009
I would highly recommend taking Professor Christian-Munoz. She encourages her students in a very positive manner and is passionate about what she teaches. If you have the chance, take her for any class relating to Spanish Drama.


Senior
B
Elective
Dec 2011
Expect to read a lot. We were responsible for reading two 80 pg. novels, a 400 pg. novel, and a 200 pg. novel. She really makes you think on her quizzes and tests and won't give you an A just because you got the right answer, you really have to expand and go above and beyond to get an A. A lot of people seemed to have an easy time with this class, but as an engineer, this class was definitely the opposite of my strengths. It was definitely the hardest spanish class I've taken, however she makes it enjoyable.

HUM 310


Junior
A
General Ed
Jan 2010
EXCELLENT professor. took her for latin american studies. it was a 2hr class (twice a week) but it never seemed that long. she is very knowledgeable and passionate about the subject, which makes for very interesting lectures. usually go in to class and split up in to groups to discuss the readings. or at the beginning of a new topic she will spend a day giving you a general overview and playing youtube videos for examples. she is very nice, easy to talk to, and extremely helpful. i would highly suggest going to lecture because the discussions really help you understand the text better (some of it can be hard to read.) breakdown of the class: you have to read two essays from the textbook and a few chapters from the novel once a week. \'pop\' quiz on readings each week, but it quickly became clear that they were always on thursdays for our class. quizzes are quite easy if you do the reading, and she gives you choices on which ones to answer. she also throws out your lowest score at the end of the quarter. we watched three movies in class, and had to write a 2 page paper on them. topic of paper varied, but generally focused on how the movie connected to the readings in the class. final research paper is 7-8 pages on our choice of topic, as long as it related to latin america and had her approval. one midterm and final. they are not cumulative and are the same format. she gives you a study guide the week before with all the terms you need to know. go through the book and your notes to define them all and you should be fine. tests are identifications and two essays. sounds like a lot of work, but material was explained so clearly in class that the papers were very easy to write.

ES 570


Graduate Student
C
Required (Support)
Nov 2016
During this entire quarter all I could think about was how this professor reminded me of that small little dog that runs through the back of scene 23 in The Incredibles by Pixar. Seriously, if you look it up you will only be able to see it...