*A 5 star workload is an easy workload; a 3 star is average; whereas a 1 star workload is extremely hard.
Comments:2301 - Good teacher with a relatively easy class. His quizzes aren't hard if you look at Sparknotes or Shmoop and very little writing. Only problem is that he doesn't use a grade-book system so you don't know what you have until it is on your transcript. - Grade In Class:B+
Comments:Capstone - This class was by far the worst class I have ever taken in the Great Texts department. First off, the class is actually team taught by both Dr. Miner and Dr. Lynne Hinojosa, which was not communicated through bearweb or by advisor. While the two professors brought different scholarship backgrounds to the class, I found this to be unhelpful as both professors had conflicting expectations and preferences in regards to participation and the two essays. There is an optional rewrite at the end, but the way they had the rewrite set up was basically a "screw you" to the class at the end of a stressful finals season (the rewrite would be the average of both the amount of changes you made to the original essay and the quality of the new essay, they straight up told us not to do the rewrite if you weren't going to completely change everything about the original essay or they would give us a C+ for changes made). Especially if you made good but borderline grades on the two essays (B+ and a B for me) there was no way the rewrite would work to your advantage in boosting your grade, unless you started completely from scratch, which is ridiculous and not what a rewrite is supposed to be. As far as the daily quizzes, they quizzed on the most obscure, irrelevant details on 150+ pages of reading a night during the big novels and on really hard concepts during the philosophy sections. While I did not really mind Dr. H, Dr. Miner is a horrible professor who I genuinely felt like does not want you to succeed. He is snappy, on many occasions in the class he would chew me and a few of my friends out for our comments on the texts that he didn't agree with. Absolutely the worst class ever, if you can, honors contract another 4000 GTX class or wait for the spring. - Grade In Class:B
Comments:UNSC 3301 - This wasn't a great texts course (it was a capstone course of modern texts for my major), but he will mostly be teaching in the GTX department. From my experience, Dr. Miner was great. He's very knowledgeable and has spent a lot of time studying the texts he lectures on. The way my class was structured, there were two major essays, each worth 30%, twenty difficult reading quizzes worth 30%, and a 10% participation grade that was not an easy 100 (from what I heard, most people received 70-95%). If you don't enjoy the books in the curriculum, you simply won't enjoy the class as much, but I implore you to try because I really like what Dr. Miner has to say and he's very engaging during class. That being said, he is a tough essay grader. I'm not sure how hard he will grade on varying levels, but he holds you as a Baylor student to a high standard (which I think is a good thing). He'll want to read an essay that is completely free of grammatical and spelling errors, but that also has a strong, interesting thesis, a coherent structure that flows well and good supporting paragraphs. I loved Dr. Miner, and I hope you do too. - Grade In Class:A