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the sweetest prof I ever had. Don't listen to anyone that says you can't understand him literally just sit closer and you're chillin. He's so cool and pls engage and talk to him people tend to pack up early but if you take this class PLS BE NICE TO HIM and protect him at all costs 🙏. Easy class and its comprised of 2 multiple choice quizzes and an essay. Pretty straightforward and the topics are kind of common sense.
Definitely take this if you need a fairly manageable GE. Villarreal does tend to read straight off the slides with minimum elaboration, but please do come to lecture anyways! He is the sweetest old man who obviously loves the topics he teaches (especially when it comes to the statistics part of it all), and he appreciates any and all student participation during lecture time. As for the two midterms, you will do fine as long as you study ALL the terms thoroughly (even ones not listed on the study guide Villareal provides), and I would highly recommend weaving through the textbook as it will list examples that may be applicable to the midterm multiple choice questions. On a final note, your enjoyment of your class will depend mostly, if not entirely on the TA you are assigned to. My TA was not very lax on grading and tended to be unaccommodating to their students, so I had little to no chances to improve my grade despite countless emails and office hours, so please keep that in mind!
This is an easy GE if you make sure to do the readings and pay attention to the terms. There's barely any homework except for a weekly discussion post and a group memo that you do during discussion sections. The professor's slides are basically completely copy and pasted from the textbook and he's hard to understand sometimes. The midterms might be confusing if you don't study the vocabulary.
I took this class to figure out if I was interested in sociology as a major or not and didn’t like it. The class was so easy that I would still recommend it as a GE, but the lectures were very boring and repetitive. The lecture slides went over the exact same stuff that the textbook did, so reading isn't super necessary. Also the professor was pretty boring and mostly read off of the slides (which were direct repeats of the textbook), and mumbled a lot. The midterm tests also had a lot of really frustratingly worded questions that were hard to do well on even if you understood the material. I also hated the essay prompt, it was very vague and simple which made it difficult to write on, also there was very little guidance on what was expected of us in the paper. The discussion sections were good, and Weinger is a great TA! He was very helpful and understanding. I learned a lot more in sections than lectures.
I took this class for my major and definitely did not expect to get a B+, but I was thrown off by the midterm. Other than that, I found the content really interesting and it could have been my own fault that I never took advantage of office hours or anything. The paper was also relatively easy, I thought mine was horribly written but I still got a 92. Lectures are boring and can be confusing or hard to understand due to the accent. Read the textbook if you can, I think my only downfall was that I second guessed myself a lot on the exams. Not a bad prof, but if you're choosing between Villareal and another with a higher rating then perhaps choose the other.