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Comments:World Cultutes 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

Date: 2018-07-10

Comments:HIS 2380 - Slavic Studies - Jug has a fresh take on course work and really puts European history in perspective with an eastern focus. His simulations can seem odd at first, but by the second one, you wonder why they aren't standard in history. Lectures are fine, with some great rants about bad leaders. Workload-only one essay, with flexible due dates, but a lot of response paragraphs. No midterm, but quiz on Monday as a rule. Promised. Take home final, but don't know what it will be yet. Summing up: relatable younger Prof, great history material, decent workload, would definitely take him again.  - Grade In Class:B+

Date: 2018-04-07

Comments:2366 - Such a great guy. Didn't really have any homework, besides reading articles and about 2 papers (which are less than 900 words). He gives quizzes about every week based on the articles and his lectures. His lectures are powerpoints so just write everything down from the slide. He does talk a lot, but that just shows how knowledgable he is. He also does simulations, which can be a little nerve wracking but they are fun. Final is take home. Overall, a great and funny guy  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2017-11-07

Comments:2381 - Jug does history differently than a lot of profs, and he is on to something. The class had simulations instead of just lectures, and a lot of time for class discussion of history and its connection to current events. No one assignment is hard, but if you blow off a couple it will start to add up. I def had an A before I missed a bunch of response paragraphs after spring break, but that's on me. He is a solid guy who knows a ton, and can crack jokes now and then.  - Grade In Class:B+

Date: 2017-05-14

Comments:2365 - I was dreading getting my US history over with, and this class turned out to be one I actually enjoyed. I looked forward to coming to class, whether for lecture or for a simulation. Dr. Jug totally mixes up his class structure by adding in interactive, student-role focused activities that require background reading, but are way more interesting than anything else you’d expect in history. There are regular quizzes and a several small papers, and a take home final. His lectures are fun, as he brings a very different perspective to old material. He incorporates wacky old music and great visuals, and the hour and 15 usually flew by.  - Grade In Class:B+

Date: 2017-03-29

Comments:2365 - He is a really knowledgeable guy with a really novel approach to organizing the class. He mixes standard history lectures with ‘simulations’, which is how we spend a bit less than half the semester. They are like role playing and mind games with just the other students (he directs things, but doesn't vote or chose sides). His lectures were always well organized and anchored around his PowerPoint, and although he sometimes gave a lot of details, he would also sprinkle in jokes and pop culture references, and link historical topics to current events. He also had great images and would often walk over to the big map on the wall to point out where exactly things were going on. The simulations were part board game, part student presentation, part student voting, and part poker game. They were a lot of fun, but some people didn’t take them very seriously, which hurt their team. We had to write three one page responses and two three page essays. He grades fairly, but not super easy. There were quizzes every two weeks, and no mid-term or tests, which was great. The final is take home, and only supposed to be graded on ideas, not writing. All the reading came from documents he posted on Canvas, and the textbook was optional, so it was great for our book budget. He said he doesn’t teach Early US often, but you should definitely take it with him the next time he does.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2016-12-22

Comments:SEES 2281 - He was a really good teacher and taught by powerpoint. There were no tests in class. We had a reading quiz every week over the assigned readings and he would give scratch and sniff stickers. 2 essays were not too hard at all. We did 4 or 5 simulations which were fun. I loved this topic but he really did not like questions. Our final was challenging 15 pages but I ended up with a A.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2016-11-16

Comments:HIS 2365 - Jug prefers to use simulations as opposed to tests in his class. This means you're given a character and try to portray that character in a few sessions (each simulation lasts about 5-6 class periods). I find this class very entertaining when doing simulations, as being lectured over American history can be kinda boring. He assigns quite a bit of reading, but offers bonus questions on the quizzes to boost your grade. There's no final, but there is a paper. So if you prefer testing style, take someone else. But if you like to read and write and interact in a classroom setting, TAKE JUG  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2016-11-14

Comments:2380 - This was a great class that is way more interactive and engaging than history classes typically are. I had heard good things from a friend, and Dr. Jug is definitely young at heart and relatable. He makes lots of pop culture references and is happy to chat with students about random topics before class starts. In terms of content, he covered general developments in his lectures, so we usually didn't get bogged down in super narrow details about some Polish king, and got a good sense of what happened each century (the course covers 1000 years). The simulation activities were pretty focused to compliment the lectures. The sims were super fun, but also a really interesting way to learn about a country and its leaders. Even if you don't like talking a lot, you'll still like the simulations, because they always involve groups. We had one per "era," of the class, and they were a distinct part of the class for sure and one I wish more history courses had. The class was informative and is a really interesting perspective on Europe and the Middle East.  - Grade In Class:A

Date: 2015-12-15

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:B+

Date: 2015-11-17

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