Introduction to Buddhism
Spring 2022 - I am Huynh Trưởng at my temple. Not only am I a practicing Buddhist, but I lead others through prayers and teach them about the dharma at least once a week. And I HATED this class omg! I've never been less excited about Buddhism until Prof. Bodiford talked about it. Lectures are incredibly boring, the professor makes Buddhism sound a bit like a cult, and whenever he says "Poota" (Buddha) I die a little inside (he doesn't have an accent or anything, I think he just wants to sound authentic(?)). This class is an easy A if you have your freshman year straight-out-of-high-school work ethic (which I did not). Your grade is based on a 100 point scale, with the midterm and final being 40% and your three papers being 60% of the grade. There are no A-. The grading scheme jumps straight from A (91-100) to a B+. Prof. Bodiford offers 3 extra points extra credit. Your TA may offer more. My TA Tom Newhall offered 6 extra credit points. I still wouldn't recommend him as a TA (he said he's a "harsh grader" and definitely delivered) but that's a different story. TL;DR - I recommend this class if you are willing to stay awake for an hour and half and take notes on something you don't care about like it's high school (it'll be an easy A! You just need to put in a couple hours a week to write the papers). However, I don't recommend you take this class with Bodiford if you want to be excited about anything!
Prof Carter's Intro to Buddhism class is very enjoyable. However, you might not feel like you learn much, because every class is run like discussion where you have to participate with your thoughts and opinions (about the assigned readings). Any lecture he gives is super short and just serves as a gateway into that day's discussion. In any case, he is a good facilitator of discussion. Writing II component was three papers, the last one being a 10-page research paper. No midterm, easy final (passage analysis). So you will be very busy with this class only at three times basically. Reading load is small for a GE. Lecture/section participation is 30% of the grade. Would highly recommend taking this if you need Writing II
I took him for Korean M60 and Korean 177. I got a B+ in both class (which I deserved). I never did all the readings. He's a generous grader. His lectures are boring its hard to listen to his accent. He gives you 4 short papers to turn in, in which you can choose the readings you want to cover. So you really don't have to do all the reading. The final is either a research paper 6-8 pages or in class essay writing which you are given 6 essay prompts and you have to write 3. He gives you 12 possible essay prompts for the finals. His classes aren't hard as long as you do some of the readings and have a general understanding of Korean history. His lectures are boring but the information does help you when you write the 4 short papers and final. If you're lazy its still do-able to pass. He really wants to help.