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Find any other professor to take this class with. Prof Yeritsian talks FAST and overcomplicates subjects when they could be simplified. The material in this class is dense, and it is helpful when professors can help dissect it, but when you would ask questions, Yeritsian was always rude and condescending. You're out of luck if you a difficult time grasping the subject, props to those who did. The only nice thing about this class was the set up of the 3 tests. None of them were cumulative and they were all curved. Essentially no homework or writing, only readings.
was not accommodating at all in terms of people missing class due to sickness or covid. His course, I do enjoy how it was structured. 3 midterms that are MC and short answers, but are not cumulative of one another, and no final in his class. I loved how he formatted this class and if he does this format again in SOC102, I think I would take it with him again...maybe. He does explain stuff clearly if you ask him again, low-key kinda condescending but if you have a good TA that answers your questions well you should be good. Talks EXTREMELY FAST and NO SLIDES really!! His readings you could get away with not reading them all because he goes over them in class, but would highly recommend looking over the reading again after class because it'll make more sense. Did had to work for this A- though
Soc 101 is a difficult class, and in my opinion Yeritsian did not help to make it easier. I appreciated that all of our readings were free and accessible on bruinlearn, but I did not love the grading structure, in which we had 3 assessments which were each 1/3 of our final grade. While never bluntly stated, it did not seem like discussion attendance or participation aided one’s grade. Each exam was curved, and I appreciated that Yeritsian curved the last assessment more due to the TA strike. Also, I believe he curved the grades one final time after all of our curved assessment grades were tallied up. For some reason, the class was blocked for 1 hour and 50 minutes, even though the other soc 101 class at the time was only blocked for 1 hr and 15 minutes. The lectures were not recorded. Yeritsian went back and forth between taking up the entire time and letting us out halfway through class. If you do the readings in this course, take notes and attend lecture, you will be at a good place to study for the assessments. The content is not easy, but yeritsian uses most of lecture time to break down what the readings meant, which was helpful. I probably would not take this class again, but it is very doable, and the curve only benefits you.
Professor Yeritsian is very knowledgeable and he makes a theory class very interesting! He gives good lectures and clearly explains the course material. The class overall is organized well. If you do want to learn and have a strong foundation in sociology, take him! He is very professional in his job. The class requires effort and time that will surely pay off later. There are always options for classes where you don't learn anything, but in this class, you would gain a lot of knowledge that will be useful later in life as well. One of the best sociology professors at UCLA! Enjoyed his class, and highly recommend taking him!
All of the reviews are outdated. I am currently taking him in Fall 2022 and he is easily the rudest professor I have ever met. He talks in a way that makes it extremely difficult to grasp what he is saying and will try to argue with you if you're asking a simple question. Your grade is based off of 3 exams. Its 30 questions multiple choice and 2 blue book essay questions per exam. Not the hardest but if you can't grasp the concept, they are difficult. I truly would never take a class with him again just because of how rude and entitled he acts.
No exams !!! FOUR (5-8 page essays). I took him in person, he's really approachable and he is open if you have any type of hardship. Our TA was super chill and all we discussed was our lecture and read our readings for the lecture. He's great and helps you with anything.
Dr. Yeritsian has been one of my favorite professors! He makes his lectures very interesting and does an amazing job making the content understandable and relatable. There were only 4 short papers that made up the course grade and all were very managable. I would totally recommend anyone to take any class with him. He truly cares about his students and is a great professor.
Dr. Yeritsian is an outstanding professor. Before taking Soc 101 I was anxious because I heard that it is a dense class. However, Dr. Yeritsian makes it so simple and manageable. The class was organized into 4 modules. No midterm or final, just 4 assignments total. These were 4 page papers at the end of each 2 week module. He really knows how to explain concepts without confusing students. He provides relevant readings (in pdfs, no need to purchase anything) that are both interesting and helpful in learning the material. Dr. Yeritsian truly cares about his students. He will not stop helping you until he is certain that you are confident with the material. He is great at relating real-life examples to what we are learning to make everything more understandable. I didn’t even get an A on all my papers, but its not important because the experience with the professor was just so wonderful. He is caring, understanding, and just an overall great educator. Take any class you can with him! The best!