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Bruce Zuckerman
Professor in the Religion department
at University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
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Overall Quality
4.5
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Helpfulness
4.6
Clarity
4.4
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2.1
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10/22/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
REL111 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A
"Papers? More like novels" "Get ready to read" "Tough Grader"

Professor Zuckerman is a good professor who has a lot of knowledge on the Hebrew Bible. That being said, it is a very boring class. If you are not interested in the subject, I do not recommend taking it, as your interest helps your grade. Overall, there are easier GE's to take.

12/13/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
REL111g Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Z meets his students half-way. Put in the effort to learn and ask questions, and he'll personally help you through the course. He revised my essay line-by-line, met with me to prepare for the final, and came to school on a day he he otherwise wouldn't have just so I could take a test I missed. Plus LOTS OF EXTRA CREDIT (like 5% of total grade).

12/10/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
REL-111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

The first 30 minutes of class tended to be non-consequential; mostly just get out your laptop and play a game time. The quizzes tend to be a bit in depth, unnecessarily so. But he tells you exactly what he wants out of the tests and papers. No reason to be surprised by your grade in the class. Really interesting class overall.

11/20/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
REL 111g Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Great prof esp if you meet with him. Always have him read your drafts before you submit- it's awesome to be able to take advantage of this. Do the bible readings and try to take notes/pay attention in lecture, but the sample midterm/final is very helpful for actual final.

11/19/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
REL 60000 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Incredible professor. He's extremely passionate with his subject and is probably one of the most helpful teacher I've had. However, even if you come from a relative religious background, don't count on having an easy semester. Be sure to get your paper checked before submitting it to him at least once.

05/17/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
REL111G Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Nicest professor at 'SC! Attendance is mandatory; no powerpoints / notes online. Very accessible and willing to help students out. Enthusiastic lectures keep students interested in the material. Not impossible to get an A in the class if you work hard and ask for help on the papers! Willing to read drafts and help you revise / rewrite!

04/09/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
HIST101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Quizzes every Monday on a lot of reading in the Old Testament. Destined to get a B on essays. Gives you exact outline for midterm and final. Prepare to get a B in the class

12/16/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
REL100G Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Great professor who loves what he teaches and really cares about his students / students' grades. He wants us to succeed and does his best to provide us with all the resources necessary to get an A in his class. Only take if you're willing to attend all/most lectures and do the weekly Bible readings.

11/14/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
RELG111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He's a really nice professor that tackles difficult material found in the Old Testament with stories, clear explanations, and his famous quote "I don't know." He goes off the tangent A LOT, but it is worth it because he tells you nice little stories. I would suggest you to take this class if you are a competent writer and zealous reader.

11/03/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
RELL111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He's great! Best teacher I've ever had. However, if yo don't want to work, don't take this class. Every week you'll have a quiz on sections of the Bible, they are quite lengthy sections, but easy quizzes if you read it. Then 1 midterm, 2 papers, and one exam. Quite a hard grader on papers however, but he's great!!

11/25/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
REL111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Zuckerman is amazing! The lectures were great and he made the subject really interesting. Learned so much in the class. Warning: Zuckerman considers any essay grade 94% or higher to be "better than what he could write." Hard to get an A, but so worth taking the class. Changed my outlook on lots of things, not just REL-related.

11/10/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
REL111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Professor Zuckerman is one of the best professors at USC without a doubt. Yes, there is LOTS of reading for this class, but he is extremely helpful and genuinely cares about his students. His classes are always fascinating and revolves around him telling stories, which is great! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED if you're okay with reading. You learn a lot!!!

07/29/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
rel300 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Extremely knowledgeable. His classes take work to do well in there BIG distinction between B and A. You can work very hard and get a B. If you want an A you are going to be rewriting your papers many times, but honestly my writing skills improved A LOT from his class. He is a VERY nice guy and will go out of his way for his students.

10/14/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
REL111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Professor Zuckerman is probably one of the most knowledgeable individuals I've ever met in my life. Contrary to what the other comment states, you DON'T need to have any prior knowledge! He's really funny and makes class go by so quickly. It's a hard class but DEFINITELY worth the effort.

11/24/2006
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Ling295 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

DONT TAKE UNLESS YOU KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT JEWS and ANCIENT MESOPOTAMIA.

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