College: Liberal Arts
NOTE: The section of ANTH 205 Peoples and Cultures of the World referenced below was changed to ANTH 370 Cultural Diversity and Ethos in the fall of 2016.
REPORT ON CERTIFICATION OF W COURSE: ANTH 205
We recommend that ANTH 205 Peoples and Cultures of the World, a special section for Engineering entitled Cultural Diversity and Ethics, be certified as a writing (W) course for four academic years (1/16 to 1/20). 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: 60%
- Course content appropriate to the major
- Total number of words: 3250
- Instructor to student ratio for one section: 1:25
This course may be appropriate for W credit for anthropology majors as well as engineering majors. Students keep clinical reflection journals and write up a final project report specific to engineering ethics. Throughout the semester, they get feedback and instruction on their reports, from class brainstorming sessions and University Writing Center workshops to written feedback from the Graduate Assistant Teacher or instructor. Several classes are devoted to writing issues such as organization, mechanics, and critical peer review. Students also complete Quick Tasks that require some writing, although often in class and in quiz form. These help students think through their research problems and practice skills they will need to complete their projects.