{ANTH 305 Fundamental of Anthropological Writing}

College: Liberal Arts
Department: Anthropology
Type: W
Status: Approved

Proposer: Cynthia Werner
Number: 8-4037
Email: werner@tamu.edu


NOTE: Extended for 6 months, from 1//2017 to 9/1/2017



We recommend that ANTH 305 Fundamentals of Anthropological Writing be certified as a writing (W) course for four academic years (1/13 to 1/17). We have reviewed a representative syllabus and have determined that the course meets or exceeds the following criteria:

  1. Percentage of final grade based on writing quality: 70%
  2. Course content appropriate to the major
  3. Total number of words: 3000
  4. Instructor to student ratio for one section: 1:25
ANTH 305 is a one-credit course. It is typically taught by advanced graduate students who have served as teaching assistants for faculty in large classes. Students must be co-enrolled in another upper-division anthropology course taught by a faculty member in the department. The course is set up to use peer review groups composed of those enrolled. These students work together to take skills learned and apply them in ways that help each other strengthen their work. All assignments are officially graded by the instructor of record. Students use articles from the course in which they are co-enrolled to create an abstract, an annotated bibliography, and a short article addressed to a non-specialist. For added practice, students write an email letter of introduction, a c.v., and a letter of intent/application (none of which are counted as disciplinary writing). Students receive written feedback from the instructor on draft versions of each assignment and participate in peer reviews for each assignment. Instruction is accomplished through lecture.
No significant changes have been made since original certification was granted.