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  English Major Exit Portfolio Requirement

Dear English Majors:

The English Department requires each English major to turn in a writing portfolio as a graduation requirement. This portfolio must consist of the following six items:

  • One paper from ENG 203, Writing for English Majors
  • One paper from any survey course (ENG 212, 213, 214, 215, or 356)
  • Two papers from different 300-level English courses of the student’s choice
  • The final seminar paper completed at the end of ENG 461-462, Senior Seminar
  • A reflective essay on the student’s academic experience as an English major

The department chair will report the names of those students who have completed the portfolio to the Registrar. The Registrar then records “ENG 075” on the transcript.

The portfolio must be submitted no later than the last day of final exams week if you want to graduate at the end of the semester. Submissions received after this deadline will mean that you technically will graduate the following semester either summer or winter.

The following semester, portfolios will be read by department members to determine what students are learning from the sequence of courses in the English major. The exit portfolio is not returned to the student. The results of the portfolio assessment will not affect a student’s GPA or course grades in any way. The purpose of this requirement is to comply with a legislative mandate that all state universities assess the learning outcomes of their students.

Students should print off clean copies of their papers for their portfolios.
Should you have any questions regarding a missing paper or the like, please contact the chair of the department to discuss options.

Final papers and not drafts or responses are expected. See the Reflective Letter Guidelines. They are also available in the “Guide for English Majors,” which you can pick up in the department office, Webb Hall 225. In the meantime, remember to save papers that you write for classes and be prepared to submit a portfolio before you graduate.


Kenneth McNeil

Kenneth McNeil, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
English Department
Webb Hall 230
(860) 465-4578

83 Windham Street, Willimantic, Connecticut 06226 USA
Phone: (860) 465-4570 | Fax: (860) 465-4580
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