Overview

All students in the Writing and Rhetoric Major and some students in the Minor in Writing and Rhetoric and the Certificate in Public and Professional Writing are required to create an e-portfolio displaying and reflecting on samples of their writing (including multimedia texts that include the written word).

Students in the major will learn more about and set up their writing e-portfolios in the core course—ENG3836 Professional Lives and Literacy Practices. For this reason you should take the core course as early in the program as possible. This e-portfolio must be approved by the Department of Writing & Rhetoric’s Portfolio Review Committee, Director of Degree Programs, Undergraduate Advisor, or designee (e.g., Programs Assistant).

Some of you may also be developing e-portfolios for other programs, such as the Burnett Honors College or Interdisciplinary Studies. In such cases you may be able to use and adapt some of the same material for your writing e-portfolio, though you will still need to meet the requirements outlined in this guide. If you are targeting a profession, such as Advertising/Public Relations, that would value another type of specific e-portfolio, we encourage you to experiment with ways to merge the two; for example, you could feature one or more major samples related to the profession but also include other types of writing that showcase a broader repertoire of skills.

We encourage you to take advantage of the open e-portfolio workshops or writing groups sponsored by the Department of Writing & Rhetoric’s degree programs office each term, and to seek feedback and help from fellow students, University Writing Center consultants, Writing & Rhetoric faculty and advisors, and faculty and advisors from other programs and units, if applicable (e.g., your major, Career Services).

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