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 (1/18 to 1/22). 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: 85
- Course content appropriate to the major
- Total number of words: 5875
- Instructor to student ratio for one section: 1:20
Since original certification, the course has not changed significantly. ANTH 415 requires that students write five reflections, a response to a research article, a news article, and a research proposal. They also write a cover letter or personal statement, although that may not be tied to the discipline. For formative feedback, the news article and research proposal are peer reviewed in class. Written instructor feedback on a draft is also provided for the research proposal. For instruction, course readings are either specifically related to the topic of writing in anthropology or are given to students as representative examples of strong writing. Appropriate handouts (including rubrics) are distributed in order to provide clear direction for assignments and to provide strong examples.