*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:2381 - Slavic Studies was great. Has a take home final, half a dozen response paragraphs, a short essay, weekly quizzes, current events website articles, and discussion/simulations. Loved how spread out the work is, and the take home final is a plus as long as you take decent lecture notes, which I did not. Jug posts summaries of lecture to Canvas, but not the whole PowerPoint. I could have had an A if I had written a better exam, but I just did not have the notes for it.
Lectures are usually interesting, he is enthusiastic and often funny, and makes lots of connections to pop culture. Simulations are great if your group does the work, but can drag if guys don't prep. Would take again. - Grade In Class:B
Comments:2381 - Dr. Jug really transforms the classroom when he wants to, with costumes and Russian food that are a lot of fun. But the best thing, by far the coolest thing I've done in college (I'm a senior finishing up this summer) is his "simulation" games. You have to read a lot to really know what's going on, but you can get the gist easily and it they are poppin group activities. The other work is pretty decent, just quizzes and one page responses. - Grade In Class:B+
Comments:2381 - SEES 2381 - This is a great class that is very doable for students at the 1000 or 2000 level. I loved the simulations from the start, and now have really come to appreciate Dr. Jug's lectures (I find the 20th century way more interesting than the 19th, where we started). He is funny and sarcastic and knows pop culture, so you should definitely chat with him before or after class. Workload can seem heavy, but as long as you do the 5-10 pages of reading and write a paragraph a week, you can easily earn a B, and if you study for the multiple choice quizzes, an A is doable. The workload is a bunch of small stuff, which is great, but you can't really blow it off for long, or you'll fall behind. Basically, if you show up do the paragraphs on Canvas, you'll be ballin'. - Grade In Class:B
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