Brian Phillips - Grand Valley State University

Professor: Brian Phillips
Department: Sociology
College: Grand Valley State University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: SOC105
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I was very intimidated by him, but after a few classes, I loved having him as a professor. He was excited to connect with us students and was always willing to help. If you put yourself out there to him, he will remember you. He was an amazing professor, although, he came off as mean at first. Definitely recommend taking him but you have to do work
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: SOC105
  • Grade Received: C+
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: No
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
This class is only 3 exams including the final and one extra credit paper he calls forced extra credit. Do it for 4 points otherwise he takes away 4 points. Its really easy though. There is tons & tons of reading so if you dont like reading, good luck . His exams are based off the readings, lectures, and videos and YOU MUST know everything.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: SOC105
  • Grade Received: C+
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: No
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Brian Phillips. One of the toughest professors Ive ever had, he is very sarcastic, condescending, and blunt. Hes the type of person you have to slowly warm up to. Hes the type that will make a student an example and embarrass them. First day in class he criticized one kid for being in the wrong section and made the kid feel like an idiot.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: SOC105
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He is a prof that is so excited/engaged to share stories and lectures. We must be independent with our studies and get our reading/notes done. He is intimidating the first few classes but when you get to know him he is so funny, nice, and caring. He curves tests and is always willing to meet for help. If you read & do your notes, you will succeed.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: SOC205
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Well. I am in the class now and I am here to say, avoid him. Social problems is a very interesting class but not the way he does it. Hes a stickler for you being in the class but the lectures dont help with any exam. The questions on the exams are hard and even with the reading, hell ask a question but make it so your work doesnt matter.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: SOC105
  • Grade Received: C+
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I took this class as a hybrid in-person/online. I think Professor Phillips is an interesting person and he keeps you interested when the class is in-person, but online it's hard to feel engaged. The only grades in the class are based off of four tests and they are not easy. He also does not care if you have any issues during testing, its on you.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: SOC105
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I had one class period with him and I am dropping the class right now. He is extremely rude and will antagonize and humiliate you. Do not take.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: SOC315
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
i can hands down say this guy is the worst. hes SO RUDE. refused to work with students despite covid. (would put obscure questions on exams on things ONLY discussed in class. if you missed, even because of covid, he REFUSED to help.) i did the reading. i put in the work. he is the dictator of his class (his words). avoid if you want a high GPA.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: SOC315
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Brian is amazing! If you just do the work he will like you and work with you. He can be ornery but he really does care and will go out of his way for students who show him they want to learn. The total grade is one 7-page partner paper and three essay exams. The readings and lecture will all be on the exam so don't skip chapters!
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: SOC105
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
To be completely honest, he terrified me. He's blunt and can sometimes come off as rude, so I wouldn't recommend taking him unless you're thick skinned. However, he's great at teaching and his lectures are entertaining. There's a lot of readings and the tests tend to be really hard, so you definitely need to spend a lot of time studying.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: SOC315
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Phillips was quite rude for the duration of the course. His teaching style is not accessible to all students, as he lectures by mouth only and is against repeating himself. Being graded on only 3 tests and a paper for the year is not a fair representation of learning as the tests are the most obscure questions possible.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: SOC105
  • Grade Received: C
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He was extremely rude and intimidating and didn't seem to care if his students understood the course material.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: SOC105
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
DO NOT TAKE A CLASS WITH THIS MAN! Worst professor at GVSU
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: SOC105
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Brian Phillips was one of my favorite professors this semester. He is very intimidating on the first day but dont let him scare you away. The way he teaches is extremely entertaining and makes you pay attention. Your grade in the class is based off 2 tests and the final. I highly recommend taking him for this class
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: SOC105
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
By far one of the WORST professors I've taken at GV. He's not only rude to his students, but he takes points off for small things. If you email him, he takes a point off your final grade. Your entire grade is composed of about 3 exams that are so hard that it's almost a guaranteed bad grade. Do NOT take this class with this professor.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: SOC105
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I was in class for 2 minutes and he already made me cry
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: SOC251
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Brian is an outstanding professor. He attempts to intimidate students at first, but if you stand up to him, you will quickly gain his respect. He is the most engaging lecturer I have ever witnessed. Do 100% of the readings and take good notes and you can earn an A in the class. Anything less and he will make you pay for it.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: SOC105
  • Grade Received: C-
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Hes very intimidating, and I thought he was quite rude.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: SOC105
  • Grade Received: WD
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Seriously do NOT take him! I have loved all of my professors at GV. He is by far the worst. People either love or hate him. He talks down to everyone and makes us feel dumb. I cannot express how much I disliked him
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: SOC105
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
If you slack off and expect to get good grades, do not take this professor. Comes off as intimidating, but I can promise you he's way nicer at office hours and genuinely cares about his students. Your grade is entirely dependent on three exams, which covers all of the reading. Get ready to study a lot.
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