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Graduate Portfolio Requirements

English Department

M.A. English Portfolio Guidelines

Non-Certification Candidates


Why a Graduate Portfolio?

All graduate candidates seeking degrees in English must complete a Graduate Portfolio as part of the requirements for graduation. The department believes that candidates’ conscious reflection upon their learning can help expand their understanding of how they learn and how particular ways of thinking inform the educational process. One of the goals of the English Department is that candidates develop the ability to interrelate their studies, to put the English curriculum into a perspective relative to their other studies and professional experiences. With this in mind, the English Department has chosen to use student portfolios to assess the extent to which this and other goals are achieved.



The requirements of the portfolio are as follows:

  • An assignment from ENGL 500, Introduction to Graduate Studies in English. Any written assignment from this course is satisfactory.
  • A copy of your final research/plan (from the end of your second semester)
  • Representative work produced in ENED/ENGL 502, Directed Study
  • A paper or equivalent from each of the three streams (Texts, Contexts, Theories). Please indicate the stream for each paper.
  • Work representing the degree project (thesis introduction + bibliography, copies of your comprehensive examination questions and answers, professional publication).
  • An Exit Paper, minimum 5 pages, addressing the program’s goals, as the candidate deems them relevant, prompted by the points below:

Goals of the Graduate Program in English

Students in the graduate program will:

1. Broaden their understanding of English as a field and find their places within it;

2. Think critically about language and the contexts in which it is produced and received;

3. Engage with and apply multiple research methodologies in order to express themselves in written and other media.


  • Discuss the interrelationships among core courses and streams; to what extent was the course work an integrated graduate experience?
  • Discuss the relationship of the professional certification program to the student’s undergraduate coursework and experiences. Did it largely repeat the undergraduate experience, or did it go significantly beyond into further, deeper, more complex studies in literature, theory and pedagogy?
  • Provide a self-evaluation of the candidate’s judgment of intellectual and professional growth in the field of English studies resulting from graduate study
  • Any further comment the candidate wishes to make on the nature or success of the graduate program; any suggestions the candidate would like to make about improving the graduate experience.


The graduate degree will be approved only after a complete portfolio is submitted and accepted by the Graduate Coordinator: portfolios should be submitted not later than April 1. Portfolios should be submitted electronically using Google Drive or Sites (check alternative programs with the Graduate Coordinator).

Candidates should keep copies of ALL coursework completed in their graduate classes. In addition, candidates should keep a copy of everything submitted to their portfolio, including course papers.

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