In the semester just before graduation, each senior in the English B.A. program is required to assemble and submit a portfolio of five papers written in upper-level program courses.
Creating a portfolio of your best work allows you to reflect on your progress and learning. It also ensures that you have a collection of potential writing samples, which you may need to submit for full-time or freelance employment, graduate school application, writing workshop entry, and other professional situations.
In order to have a wide selection of papers to choose from for your senior portfolio, be sure to keep and back up the electronic file of each paper you write as you proceed through your program courses. The department will keep your portfolio, so be sure that you do not submit your only copy of a paper.
Each semester, make sure you keep a clean printed copy of each paper in additional to an electronic file. Your portfolio should contain unmarked printed copies rather than graded copies with your instructor's marks and comments.
Submitting a portfolio and presenting one paper to faculty is a requirement for graduation from the program.
The semester you graduate, you will choose one of your papers to present at an informal gathering attended by other senior students, their guests, and members of the English B.A. faculty. You may invite one or two professors or fellow students as your guests.