Islam and Other Religions
Winter 2022 - Ok, so I took this GE since I needed another class. I'm saying this review as someone who has very little original interest in Islam. I will discuss each portion by itself. Professor: Yarbrough is one of the best lecturers I have ever had in my life. He is funny, engaging, and extremely well spoken. Classes are 75mins, and while they do feel long, it's not nearly as bad with Yarbrough as it is with other professors. I went to his office hours once, and he was nice and friendly. While being very nice, I doubt that he's lenient, though I've never been put in a position where I had to test this. Easiness: This is not a free A, but there is a good chance to get an A with a decent amount of effort. This class is not hard, but does take effort/time. Time Consumption: This class takes lots of time. There is an above average amount of reading in this class, and the once a week HW assignment takes a decent amount of time. Readings: Unfortunately, you can't get away with not doing the readings. Both the midterm and final are half based off the readings, as are the weekly assignment. I can't imagine getting more than a 80% (at the absolute most, more realistically 50%) in this class without reading. There is about 40-70 pages of reading, depending on the week. Interest: I didn't really like the subject, but that's just me. Still, it ended up being mildly interesting. Key Assignments: There is a midterm, final, and final essay, all put together worth ~60% of the grade. If you take decent notes during lecture and while reading, you should get at least a high B/low A on the midterm/final once you review. You'll have to study ~ 4 hours for each, so not that bad (if your notes don't suck). Final essay is 5 pages with about 80 pages of reading. Get started early so that it doesn't conflict with your finals. Overall: Great professor, lots of work for a GE, not that difficult. Extremely fair and organized.