Beaton, Brian  

Liberal Studies

1.45/4.00

11 evaluations


ART 100


Junior
B
General Ed
Mar 2017
Professor Beaton's drawing course was pretty cool in terms of the content. The grading is unclear and the assignments were brutal. Professor Beaton is one of those profs who doesn't remember that you have other courses to take. Daily deadlines, lots of group work, and too much dicussion of ancient art. She also wouldn't let me pick my own still life subject, even though I explained that I had already done our still life assignment in another course. Not the worst prof but not very good either. I wouldn't take another course with her.

DANC 100


Sophomore
B
Elective
Mar 2017
i was so excited about this classs. dance has always been a topical passion of mine. professor beaton is as bad as evveryone says. may be worst at poly. cancelled 2 mtgs with me to take his kids to soccer practice. never returned our work. no idea how i pulled a B because got zero feedback. he knew nothing about dance and showed us youtube clips of people dancing at their work as a form of protest. made us read Marx in a dance class to understand youtube clips!!!!!!!!

HIST 100


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Mar 2017
Dr. Beaton was one of the very first professors at Cal Poly in the 1960s and I hope he retires soon. He’ll make you hate life and wish you accepted that scholarship offer from Chico. His wife is some hotshot in the College of Agriculture so Cal Poly keeps him around to teach courses that nobody else wants to teach. He failed some kid in my class because the dude looked at his phone during a quiz just to check the time. The kid lost an industry internship and ended up leaving Poly. I also hated how Dr. Beaton speaks with a thick Russian or German accent and doesn’t care that we can’t follow along. Avoid Beaton at all costs. He once brought a dog to class, which was funny, but totally made one of my classmates cry because of her allergies. He made her leave class and didn’t apologize or anything. If you even ask for an assignment extension he takes off 10 points for asking.

HIST 354


Junior
N/A
General Ed
Dec 2015
One of the easiest area F ge's to take with this professor. One article reading is assigned each class to write three short annotations on a note card and latter half of every class is used to write a letter to the author of the article. For every 4 responses sent back by the author, final exam grade is raised by 30%. Besides being an easy workload, professor Beaton truly engages in meaningful discussion with his students during class time in an interesting manner.


Junior
N/A
General Ed
Dec 2015
This class is ALL about participation. I would not say that the class is zero effort, but it's definitely a lighter load than most. If you're not into public speaking you can still get by fairly easily since Dr. Beaton will call on people to speak, but if you're loud expect to fight the other loud speakers for a chance to add your opinion. I was kinda disappointed we still had tests (and they're all essays) but if you pay attention in class and are able to draw common themes from the pieces it's not difficult at all. Overall it felt more like an english class, but I still feel like I learned quite a bit about network technology. Would definitely recommend this class & teacher to anyone looking for an F elective!


Junior
B
General Ed
Mar 2017
This professor assigns an ABSURD amount of work for a GE. Pop quizzes almost every day. Confusing homework assignments. Extremely difficult tests. Impossible to reach by email. Dense and theoretical readings. Exams are 100% essay based. Professor speaks with a strange accent and can be difficult to understand. Tells endless stories about his ex-wife and 3 kids. Huge time suck and waste of money. This is why people call it Camp Poly and transfer out to real schools. What a joke. Hasn't published anything in years. Knows nothing about information technology and shouldn't be teaching the class. He was fired from 3 other schools before coming to Poly.


5th Year Senior
A
Elective
Mar 2017
This professor is really out of touch. He's been teaching at Poly for more than 35 years, which is cool but he needs to retire. He spends most of each class totally lost and then tells a bunch of stories about some bitter divorce he went through during the 1980s. He doesn't know how to use computers. He doesn't know how to use email. He's impossible to reach or meet with. Beaton also assigns a ridiculous amount of reading. Attendance is mandatory and he gives quizzes almost every class. During one class, Beaton gave two different pop quizzes: one at the beginning of class and a completely different quiz at the end! I could barely understand anything he says. Avoid at all costs unless you want to read 100+ pages per night. The bro is bitter about some custody battle from like 30 years ago. Several other students have told me that he was fired from other schools but that Cal Poly had to hire him because his new wife works in the Engineering College or something. He sucks so hard and I hated every minute of this class.

HIST 400


Junior
A
Elective
Jan 2017
Dr. Brian Beaton is an outstanding professor! A beacon of hope in the sea of #cpblues

RELS 666


5th Year Senior
A
Elective
Jan 2017
DR. BEATON WAS WITH IT. I realized so much... in 2016.

COMS 805


Junior
B
Elective
Apr 2017
She teaches in communication studies but also a bunch of other departments at Poly. Nice lady but hard to reach or get help. My midterm was a B- and I wanted to find out why. Took me 4 weeks to get an appointment with her. Too late by that point to learn how to improve. Pulled a B in the class overall. SHE TAKES ATTENDANCE EVERY DAY, AT BOTH BEGINNING AND END OF CLASS. Seems really strict about everything.

FRSC 832


Senior
B
Required (Major)
Nov 2016
he sure does like his women, wet!!