professor
Ulug Kuzuoglu

Apr 2020

Horrible grading scale and organization. 92 gets you a B+ while A is for 97+. Keep in mind all the assignments are in writing formats and susceptible to subjective biases. There is too much variation among TAs' standards: in one section, one can receive 100 points on the midterm, which includes essays, and in the other a standard A of the same midterm essay only translates into 93 numerical points. Students do not deserve bad grades due to administrative pettiness. The professor is overall nice and approachable, if not a little arrogant throughout. TAs would staff several lectures (5 or 6 total) which are, unfortunately, of various qualities. They filter out selective historic events to support a certain biased argument about a particular era, which is quite unnecessary for a history class that is supposed to present facts and not to direct how students think. I would not recommend this professor.

Apr 2020

Professor Kuzuoglu's Intro to China class was very engaging and I always looked forward to what twist he would bring to Chinese history. From rap videos to recipes, his lectures were always interesting and fun. Beyond just sheerly presenting the information, Professor K brought his analysis and knowledge of primary sources and other texts to the class. If you are looking to fulfill requirements, interesting in China, or an EALAC major, I would highly recommend taking this class with him!

Jan 2020

Professor Kuzuoglu is undoubtedly the best professor I have encountered in my time at Columbia. He is enthusiastic about teaching and always presents the lecture in a fun and engaging way. I have always look forward to every single one of his lessons.

Dec 2019

Horrible grading scale and organization. 92 gets you a B+ while A is for 97+. Keep in mind all the assignments are in writing formats and susceptible to subjective biases. There is too much variation among TAs' standards: in one section, one can receive 100 points on the midterm, which includes essays, and in the other, a standard A of the same midterm essay only translates into 93 numerical points. Students do not deserve bad grades given due to administrative pettiness. The professor is overall nice and approachable, if not a little arrogant throughout. TAs would staff several lectures (5 or 6 total) which are, unfortunately, of various qualities. They filter out selective historic events to support a certain biased argument about a particular era, which is quite unnecessary for a history class that is supposed to present facts and not to direct how students think. I would not recommend this professor.