my god, he's a terrible lecturer. it was painful to listen to him for more than 15 minutes. and he seemed a little sassy for me... as for the cluster. it's definitely not worth it. all of fall quarter was basically a review of the same damn thing we've all been learning since 3rd grade. AND THAT QUARTER, I GOT A B. so not worth it. make sure you get a good TA if you decide to take it. makes a HUGE difference. first quarter, i had a new TA that didn't even know herself what to expect from us. terrible experience. the next to quarters i had an awesome TA and got an easy A. so you're choice, but not my suggestion.
Fall 2018 - Decker is probably the sweetest but most boring professor I’ve had at UCLA. The dude is a little boring but you manage to get through it. However, again he’s a very nice guy. Would not recommend taking this cluster, take another one if you want the credit. This cluster is an interesting time in history but the faculty is very disorganized in teaching it. As a history major, they do a poor job of keeping it on a time sequence. The class bores you with readings that are too long and focusing on things that are very bland in the Sixties with no time frame whatsoever. Adam Bakr is an awesome TA though, if he’s a TA next year you should Forsure take it.
Fall 2020 - This is not a review for Professor Decker. This is for the Cluster 60 in general. I decided to take this cluster for its credit (satisfies 4 GE, writing II, diversity, etc). I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS CLASS. Clusters do have the reputation of having a greater workload but it is not the case for this one. I'm so glad that I stuck with this cluster for my freshman year. It's pretty interesting and definitely a GPA booster in my opinion. It's not the easiest A as you do have to pay attention to lecture, do the readings (at least for the first quarter. I stopped using the course reader after the midterm of fall quarter and was perfectly fine). This class helped me adjust to college along with making new friends and strong bonds with my TA. Another benefit for this class is that you get priority for Eng Comp 3 (if you need to take it) for your winter/spring quarter. Based on what I heard from my peers, Eng Comp 3 and writing classes general are EXTREMELY hard to get in since everyone needs to take at least one writing class. You won't have to worry about it as you receive your writing II credit during your spring quarter, which is basically a three hour seminar one a week. You also don't have to worry about not getting a class since you are guaranteed enrollment to the course for winter and spring . I assume that you are reading this review to decide to take this class or not. Well I would like to say TAKE IT because it is extremely rewarding and you won't regret it. I benefited a lot from this class and it satisfied most of my GE requirements as a STEM major.
GE60ABCW Final Grade: 60A - A-, 60B - A, 60CW - inprogress This class straight up was the easiest suck fest ever. I was bored shitless every lecture. I would always end up just surfing the web, watching old episodes of the Daily Show and Colbert Report, and making jokes about Decker's bald head. Seriously, I felt like CRAP going into the final. When I took the final, I felt so unprepared, but I got an A, so it couldn't have been that bad. The class is straight up whack. You are suppossed to make "connections" between music, culture, and political science events, which is easy yes, but it's very hard when you have to identify some abstract signifiers. I mean seriously, when analyzing music, do you actually believed they consciously knew what they were doing and had alterior motives to their work? NO! Oh and the funniest thing is Decker's power trips. Decker makes the least amount of cash of any of the professors in the class (Fink is dept chair, so he makes close to 180k). Decker probably barely clears 65 so he feels obligated to be in charge and assert his "power" so that he can feel good about his bald self. Seriously, don't take this class, too much stress for too little reward