College: Liberal Arts
REPORT ON RECERTIFICATION OF W COURSE: ANTH 305
We recommend that ANTH 305 Fundamentals of Anthropological Writing be certified as a writing (W) course for four academic years (9/17 to 9/21). We have reviewed a representative syllabus and have determined that the course meets or exceeds the following criteria:
- Percentage of final grade based on writing quality: 80%
- Course content appropriate to the major
- Total number of words: 5950
- Instructor to student ratio for one section: 1:20
Since original certification, the course has not changed significantly. ANTH 305 is a one-credit course that helps students prepare to write and research in anthropology, which students take while co-enrolled in another upper-level anthropology course. Some of the assignments, such as a professional letter of introduction, a CV or resume, and a cover letter, are meant to provide students with professional skills; the research proposal, annotated list of references, critique of published research, abstract, final “discipline paper,” and a paper related to their anthropological sub-discipline (geared to a lay audience) prepare the students for academic writing. The instructor provides written comments on drafts of the two longer paper and peer review is also sometimes used. In addition, students are given the opportunity to revise any of their written work. Instruction includes review of recurring issues during class, use of sample texts, lecture, and discussion.