College: Liberal Arts
REPORT ON CERTIFICATION OF W COURSE: ANTH 301
We recommend that ANTH 301 Indians of North America be certified as a writing (W) course for four academic years (9/18 to 9/22). We have reviewed a representative syllabus and have determined that the course meets or exceeds the following criteria: (1) 35% of the final grade is based on writing quality; (2) the total number of words is 3000; (3) the instructor to student ratio is 1:10; and (4) the assigned writing is appropriate to the major.
Students write a take-home final exam and 4 short descriptive research papers related to course content, with a focus on a case study of one tribe, each of which is submitted in draft form and commented on by the instructor, with additional peer review during class discussion time. Instruction is given for how to write each assignment, and students are directed to online resources for writing in anthropology. Writing is also a topic of discussion during classes.