College: Liberal Arts
REPORT ON RECERTIFICATION OF W COURSE: ANTH 415
We recommend that ANTH 415 Anthropological Writing be certified as a writing (W) course for four academic years (1/14 to 1/18). 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: 5000
- Instructor to student ratio for one section: 1:20
ANTH 415 requires three formal writing assignments as well as written homework assignments. Students write two shorter essays and a longer research paper. In-class peer review is assigned in a workshop format. Working in groups of four, students comment on peers’ drafts, which are then revised. Instruction includes readings about writing in anthropology and samples of anthropological writing; handouts and notes also guide the students in their writing.
No significant changes have been made since original certification was granted.