College: Liberal Arts
REPORT ON RECERTIFICATION OF W COURSE: ANTH 412
We recommend that ANTH 412 Archaeological Theory 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: 40%
- Course content appropriate to the major
- Total number of words: 7000
- Instructor to student ratio for one section: 1:20
A Graduate Assistant Teacher works with the instructor to evaluate student work in ANTH 412. Students write three papers, one an analysis of a scientific article, one a research essay reviewing multiple theoretical explanations of an archeological phenomenon, and one an argument on an ethical issue in archeology. Students work collaboratively to review papers and discuss paper topics, and for the final paper, students present an oral version. On the second paper, students complete a series of exercises to contribute to their final draft, for example, a bibliography for one and a thesis statement for the other. Students receive written feedback from the instructor and Graduate Teaching Assistant on a draft of this essay. Interactive lectures are given on topics such as bibliography, thesis statement, and writing an abstract, and models are discussed throughout the semester. Students also have the opportunity to meet individually with the Graduate Teaching Assistant as they work on their writing.
No significant changes have been made since original certification was granted.