*A 5 star workload is an easy workload; a 3 star is average; whereas a 1 star workload is extremely hard.
Comments:World Cultures 4 - I am fully confident that all of the positive reviews are written by Steven Jug himself. There is not a shred of doubt that he is so self conscious that he isn’t monitoring this website daily in order to make sure that his rating is what he envisions it should be. Jug is an intelligent man, but should not be a professor. He seems likable and fun during large group when he dresses up, but it’s tacky and should be left for a kindergarten field trip. The horror begins when you’re in his small group. His teaching method is beyond boring and he will spitefully sit there in silence if no one answers his poorly worded and confusing questions. Literally, he will sit there for 5-10 minutes of a 50 minute class. He doesn’t seem to understand how to communicate with his students in order to relate to them, which is important, and something 90% of BIC professors do exceptionally. He’ll make time to meet and speak to you about assignments, but if there is literally any other option to take as a professor, take it. Some people don’t mind Jug, but I haven’t met anyone who genuinely liked him. When you make your decisions on which professor to take, do yourself a favor and pick literally any other professor. And again, I know this might clash with other reviews- but don’t those reviews seem a little fabricated? A little like a professor is trying too hard to write his own? Think about it. - Grade In Class:A
Comments:2380 - Asian Studies - Really interesting intro course. A bunch of small assignments in four units that build on each other. No midterm, take home final, fun North Korea scenario. Cool guy too, for a Prof, and understanding about workload in other courses. - Grade In Class:B+
Comments:HIS 2381 - Professor Jug is fire. He is approachable, interested in the subject, and makes class enjoyable. There are few assignments and the students choose their own dates. Dr. Jug goes above and beyond for his students and creates a chill environment. Jug creates simulations that are engaging and unlike any other Baylor professor's material. Also his pun game is strong. 10/10 - Grade In Class:A
Comments:Intro - 1401 + 1402 - I had two great semesters with Dr. Jug, and feel really confident going into second year Russian. He is really good at explaining things, doesn't go too fast, and doesn't pretend certain concepts are hard to grasp roght away. Even better, he tries to make the class fun with stickers, treats, and a really relaxed attitude. He is also funny a lot of the time, and sometimes at his own expense. He has great stories about his trips to Russia, and will answer your questions about the cultuee, but will stop if class gets too off topic. Overall, exactly the kind of prof you'd want for a language class as a non-major. - Grade In Class:A
Comments:1401 - I don’t know what class the last reviewer was in, but I totally disagree. Dr. Jug did a great job teaching Russian. He was always understanding about how difficult Russian can be, and gave us lots of extra credit opportunities (even letting us re-take part of a test!). Sure, we wasn’t quite as energetic after his leg injury, but can you seriously hold that against him? Not being able to stand or walk normally has got to be the worst. He got grades back quickly, always gave part marks, and gave thorough reviews before tests and the final. If you’re not a freshmen expecting a high school level language class, you’ll appreciate Dr. Jug. Russian can be tough, but is a really cool language, and makes so many new youtube videos worth watching. - Grade In Class:A
Comments:RUS 1401 - Dr. Jug's class was very challenging for an intro level language class. He has alot of knowledge and experience with the Russian language and has some interesting facts to share. But his class roommate attitude is very cold and even gruff. He is often condescending and passive aggressive towards his students. He does not go out of his way to help students who are struggling. He comes across as very unapproachable and it is rare that he is sympathetic to his students needs or schedule conflicts. Since the class is 5 days a week there is homework due every day and some of it could take up to 3 hours to complete. Jug's quizzes and tests are fair but he is a very strict grader. He does not reward hard workers with good grades, and it seems he only gives his favorite students A's. To be successful in his class you must complete almost all the homework, be active in class, and begin studying for quizzes and exams several days in advance. It is a very fast paced class and requires full commitment through out the entire semester. After meeting the other teachers for this class I believe Dr. Jug's uncompassionate attitude is an unnecessary struggle to deal with for this class. - Grade In Class:A
Comments:2380 - Dr. Jug is very cool. He's young so he's relatable. He knows a lot about the Slavs and you will learn a lot. Quiz everyday over previous night's readings, simulations where you participate in voting like the Slavs would, NO EXAMS, few 3 paged essays and online discussion posts, and one take home final. Some people consider it a blow off class. - Grade In Class:A
Comments:HIS 2381 - A very fun class with a good professor. I'm good at history and found the class to be a blowoff, but even if history is not your strong point, you'll find class engaging with various activities throughout the semester. He may drone on at times, but it's not something to worry about, as the information can be found online with some searching. Also, the final is a take home essay that's relatively easy. - Grade In Class:A
Comments:AST 2380 - Asian Studies - This was a really fun and useful class that I definitely recommend. Dr. Jug has a great knowledge of current events and US policy, and made sure that he only covered Asian history that connected to what we were studying in 2015.
Assignments are weekly quizzes and a few 1-2 page papers, and then a couple of media presentations later on in the semester. Having a staggered workload and mid-term or final exam was great, especially as a freshman. He lets you specialize on a country if you’re studying that language or just really like it, which made the papers so much more fun to read about.
Class was a mix of lecture and discussion, and we would usually get a 5 min break in the middle of class. He would usually bring snacks once a week, especially if we did well on a quiz or paper. Oh, and he is practically available whenever you need and gets back to you by email fast.
My only real complaint was some of the other students. It always sucks to be a in a group with people who haven’t done the reading, even though I like group work and thought the discussions were good, since only the people who read had anything to say. - Grade In Class:A
Comments:RUS 1402 - I strongly recommend him. The first year Russian profs are all great, so you can’t go wrong, but was separates Dr. Jug is that he’s such a boss. Not a macho guy or really strict, but really funny and sharp tongued, which gives the class a great energy. He was really good at explaining things, and was happy to go over the tricky stuff, especially case endings and aspect, and understand that it’s going to take a while for you to get it. Oh, and he is the best at sounding out complicated words to help you learn how to pronounce them.
Fair grader, gives lots of partial credit on tests, and is offering extra credit on tests and quizzes all semester long. Always available for office hours, and gets homework and tests back regularly. Workload seems standard across the three classes. - Grade In Class:A
Comments:SEES 2381 - Slavic Studies is awesome! He really mixes up standard history material with interactive classes instead of just lectures. The simulations are the best! Think model UN but way more interesting and specific, and he usually games out how the class's choices would have changed history and the map of Europe. Workload is pretty modest for a 2000 level course. He builds in huge extra credit opportunities and lots of assignment flexibility. Just be careful you don't wait until after spring break to start writing essays like I did, because you'll be scrambling at the end of the semester (but he allows you to write one extra paper, just in case you're behind). He covers a huge range of topics, from women's movements to war, diplomacy, and literature. There's something for almost everyone, and you can write your paper on a special topic if you ask. He was always willing to talk to students after class for like half an hour, and would bring treats if we did really well on the multiple choice quizzes (which are weekly or every class). Oh yeah, and the final is a take home paper, which you'll really appreciate when you just want to be done and get to summer break. Wish I could take his other section of it in the fall, but it's not in my major. Super fun prof, with lots of great stories from his trips to Europe, along with jokes and great memes he makes or finds online and is suprisingly good at tying into his lectures. - Grade In Class:A
Comments:HIS 2381 - Slavic Studies II - I saw Dr. Jug walking by with his candy bucket yesterday, and it reminded me of how fun his class was last semester. He cared so much about the material and kept doing new things in class to make sure every one was getting it and staying interested. He was always hapoy to joke and talk about stuff we were interested it, like when Pl Putin nabbed Crimia. The best part was definately the discussions and activities, which made me look forward to class even though it was my last of the day. Assignments were posted on blackboard and we got to choose which ones to write as long as we wrote twould papers by the end of the course. I don't remember them being confusin at all, but I would always email to ask if I was unsure. If you like classes that aren't just lecture, you should seriouslyrics take him! You don't even have to like Slavic stuff, it's so good for Europe! - Grade In Class:B+
Comments:AST 2380 - Asian Studies - At first I worried when he told us that his main specialization is not Asia, but over the course of the semester I realized it was a huge plus. For an intro class, it meant that he didn’t expect us to know a ton about the place, and he didn’t have one country or topic that dominated the syllabus. We actually filled out a survey at the beginning of the semester to see what we most wanted to learn about and he actually paid attention to it, although Korea, Japan, China, and Vietnam all got their due. North Korea was probably the coolest topic, and he covered it top to bottom. The workload was very manageable, and we didn’t have to write any long papers. I really liked analyzing current events from the news, although not everyone can be bothered to bring in an article. He’s a really fun guy when we’re having a discussion, especially about pop culture and current events, but his lectures are usually pretty serious and focused on getting through all the material in time. There was only one test, which was way before midterms and easy to study for, and then just small multiple choice quizzes every couple of weeks. I wish I needed his other courses for my major. - Grade In Class:A
Comments:SEES 2381 - Dr. Jug is the worst professor I have had at Baylor. His lectures are dry, and he has an annoying habit of saying "sort of" between every few words. His essay prompts are the most confusing I have had (and I take primarily ENG and GT courses). Also, if he does not like you he will give you a bad grade in the course because class participation is worth a HUGE percentage of your grade and he is not afraid to give an otherwise A student an F in this category and ruin his/her grade. His justification for LOWERING my grade was that I did not do extra credit...which makes no sense. I strongly recommend avoiding this professor. - Grade In Class:B+
Comments:Slavic Studies - This is Dr. Jug's favorite course, and it shows. He's animated and enjoys lecturing. The simulations he comes up with are awesome, and he's a relatable person. The readings he chose were fantastic for being interesting, important, diverse, and representative enough to give us a good feel for each topic in such a fast course.
However, he didn't keep a universal form of organization for the *essay* readings. I couldn't easily find which paper prompt was which, and actually WROTE THE WRONG PAPER. Fortunately it was resolved, but I hope my incident taught him to label things more clearly. Also, he didn't always post the readings for Tuesday until Monday morning, when I really would have liked to work on my 200-word response over the weekend.
So, logistics stuff. I only have one complaint about the class itself: I know classtime is incredibly limited (especially with his fascinating games and lectures!) but I would have preferred discussing the reading over quizzes as a measurement of knowledge, because I felt like reading the assigned passages thoroughly didn't count as much as obvious dates, names or plot points. (He moved towards this on the quizzes as the semester went on to make it easier for everyone, but I lack the ability to skim.) So I wish there were more short response questions, instead of true/false, to prove we read.
Still, excellent class. I LOVED THE SIMULATIONS of Paris in 1919 and Yalta. And I loved Dr. Jug!!!!. He’s funny, kind, knowledgeable, and sincere. I appreciated how much effort he put into making the class memorable, from the in-class movie to the simulations to the fascinating texts to the extra credit opportunities (two different operas, and a Saturday trip with Dr. Jug to a Russian Orthodox church and an Eastern European restaurant in Dallas). He brings cookies and prizes, and makes lame puns on his slides, which were great. I went from knowing nothing about Eastern Europe to knowing a good deal! I WILL SAVE MY LECTURE NOTES FOREVER. I will really miss his class next semester! - Grade In Class:A
Comments:Asian Studies - Jug is a really nice man and fair grader. The class went at a good pace, and did not presume much prior knowledge of Asia, starting with geography and with what kind of people live in what area. The tests came straight from the lectures, and his power point slide were always on blackboard to review. He also provided a study guide for the tests, so you totally know what he's going to want on the test when you study. Lectures weren't always amazing, but his power points helped you keep up. When we asked him questions, he was more relaxed and could be funny, instead of just focusing on the material when he was lecturing non-stop. We also had a lot of discussion, which was good to keep class interesting at 10AM. I think he covered the main Asian countries, but I didn't want to hear more about any one in particular so I don't know if there was an exact equal time for each. RECOMMEND. - Grade In Class:A
Comments:RUS 1420 - Professor Jug has great intentions, but unfortunately in his case it doesn't equal great results. Unless you are extremely motivated and one of the top in your 1410 class, Professor Jug's 1420 class will make you struggle for a good grade. He doesn't do very many interactive things to help you practice the language, just mainly lectures. He also rambles when you ask him questions. At the end of the semester, few in my class felt confident that they were prepared for the next level class. His humor and tales of living in Russia are good though - a brief glimpse of light in an otherwise difficult, dry class. - Grade In Class:C
Comments:HIS 2381 - Super fun class, and super easy workload. He really lets you drop grades or even waives final assignments if you're making a solid A after spring break. He even made the final optional! The class is a lot of lectures and powerpoint, but the tests totally matched what he covered in class. He was majorly helpful when I had to reschedule some due dates and tests. He's the kind of prof who really wants everyone to do well, and it seems like everyone did unless they blew off work or slept in. He talks fast some times, but he's been to most of the countries the class covered, so he has stories he wants to tell. They're usually relevant. I think the class was almost over when I realized how funny he can be and how much he makes jokes in class (they're subtle/dry). Would def recommend if you can use an elective or its in your major. - Grade In Class:A
Comments:SEES 2381 - This class was pretty cool, because he did a lot more than just your standard history lecture (although he did have those, too). We did a bunch of hands-on scenarios where we re-enacted major diplomatic events and then a east European election (I think it was Bulgaria). His lectures are usually good, because you can tell he really loves east Europe. But he doesn't test on every tiny little detail, and his lectures are always on blackboard. Anyways, so he's a pretty chill guy, doesn't freak out about handing stuff in late or absences, although he will keep track, so you can't get too lazy. I never went to office hours, but he was always good about emailing back real fast. I truly did enjoy the class and am glad to have had the opportunity to have taken it in my last semester. - Grade In Class:A
Comments:RUS 1410-20 - Awesome professor! He has a really dry and sarcastic sense of humor, his lectures are super entertaining. VERY helpful, (Probably because he's Canadian) and genuinely cares about his students. Has a tendency to ramble, but all in all, excellent teacher. Would definitely recommend. - Grade In Class:A
Comments:SEES 2301 - I really enjoyed having Professor Jug as my history professor. He is an excellent professor, especially in Eastern European history and culture. His class may seem to be an average history class at first; however, the lessons I learned about Slavic folklore and culture were really neat and I have never had a history professor introduce me to folklore and intimate cultural traditions and ideals as I had in Professor Jug's class. If you are looking for a professor who teaches history and then gives you the context of the cultural and religious setting of historical events, I would recommend taking a class with Professor Jug. Also, he considers students' schedules and never gives more work than necessary. If you don't understand something in class, he always will make extra time to email you or visit with you so you understand the lessons or assignments. - Grade In Class:A
Comments:1307 - Soooooo Prof Jug is extremely helpful and pretty nice, BUT reallly doesn't teach well! I did not understand anything in class ever! His lectures are boring. And there are only 2 tests the entire semester, also you will have to read 6-7 memoirs. Workload is not too bad, but this class is useless, If you are majoring in History, whatever you do, i recommend you find another professor! I studied for the midterm and I did horrible. Good luck... - Grade In Class:C