IMPORTANT NOTE: English Majors beginning with the 2018-2019 catalog year must complete an English Major Exit Portfolio in order to graduate. Students in prior catalog years will not need to complete an exit portfolio.

Welcome to the English Major!

As you complete degree requirements, you will have an opportunity to make progress toward the following English Major Core Learning Outcomes.

Upon graduation, students will be better able to

  1. Identify and investigate enduring questions, concepts, and theories relevant to English Studies.
  2. Analyze, interpret, and critique a variety of texts and media.
  3. Situate diverse authors and genres within and across cultural contexts.
  4. Describe and analyze how language works socially, historically, and systematically.
  5. Use individual and collaborative writing processes to create effective texts in a range of genres.
  6. Articulate how English Studies applies to their personal, professional, and civic lives.
  7. Engage ethically with communities and audiences both inside and outside the university.

The English Major Exit Portfolio Requirement

As an English major, you will need to complete the English Major Exit Portfolio in order to graduate. Your exit portfolio will include work you have completed in the English Major Core, which includes the following course categories:

  • Introduction to English Studies (ENG 300)
  • Critical Theory (ENG 311)
  • Language and Linguistics (ENG 330, 331, 332, or 336)
  • Literary Studies (ENG 301 or 302)
  • Writing and Rhetoric Studies (ENG 313 or 333)
  • Creative Writing or Professional and Technical Writing (ENG 305 or 335)
  • Capstone Research Project (ENG 413 *Writing & Rhetoric and Literature Emphasis Majors only)

For categories that have more than one course in them, you will need to select one for your English Major Exit Portfolio.

NOTE: You may take more than one course in each category as part of your major or minor requirements, but for the purposes of the English Exit Portfolio, you need to upload an artifact from only one course from each category. For example, if you take both ENG 313 and ENG 333 from the Writing and Rhetoric category, you can fulfill your English Major Exit Portfolio requirement with an uploaded artifact from one course or the other, but you are not required to upload an artifact for both courses.

The purpose of this portfolio is two fold. First, completing this portfolio will give you an opportunity to reflect on your work and your learning as you progress through the major. Second, the English Department will periodically review student portfolios to help determine program strengths and areas for improvement. The audience for your portfolio includes all English Department faculty and staff.

Choosing Artifacts

For each of these courses you will upload an artifact. Artifacts, which are examples of work you complete for a class, ideally represent evidence of your progress toward course goals. For each artifact, you will complete a reflection. Your instructor may recommend which course artifact should be uploaded to your portfolio. Upload one artifact for each category to your English Exit Portfolio to Taskstream in order to fulfill the portfolio requirement.

Tips for Portfolio Success

Save Your Work

  • Make a habit of saving your work in multiple locations (e.g., hard drive, OneDrive, Canvas, paper, flash drive, etc.).

Don’t Wait until the Last Minute

  • We strongly recommend that you upload all of your artifacts at the end of the semester in which you are taking the course.
  • Promptly uploading your work will make the reflection process easier and you’ll be able to more easily see the progress you’ve made during your time as an English Major.


Visiting Taskstream for the First Time expanding section

1. Click here to visit Taskstream. Enter your UWL credentials.

Log into Taskstream

2. Agree to the terms and conditions if you are prompted.

Agree to terms and conditions

3. If you see the following screen, select your program (“I am not an Education Student”) and your First Major. Otherwise, please skip this step.

Select program

4. Select the Enter Code button.

Select enter code

5. Enter the code “ENGexit” and then click “search.”

Enter code

6. Click the “Enroll” button.

Select enroll

7. Click on “Start working on your new program.”

Start working on your new program

8. Click on “Read this First.”

Read this first

Uploading Your Work to the Exit Portfolio expanding section

1. To familiarize yourself with how the portfolio works, click on “Intro to English Studies.” 

Intro to English Studies

2. Click on “Artifact” to see where you upload your work.

Click on artifact

3. Click on “Attachments” when you are ready to upload a file.

Click on attachments

4. Select “Upload from Computer.”

Select upload from computer

5. Add your file(s).

Add files

6. Select “Start upload.”

Start upload

7. Click “Upload and Close.”

Upload and close

8. Now that your files have been uploaded, click on “Save and Return.”

Save and return

9. A pop-up window will appear asking if you’re ready to submit your work. Click “OK.”

Click OK popup

10. Click on “complete this form” to submit your reflection.

Complete this form

11. Answer all of the questions on the reflection form.

Complete background information

12.When finished, click on “Save and Return” At any point during this process, you may click the “Save Draft” button and return to your work later.

Save draft

13. A pop-up window will appear asking if you’re ready to submit your work. Click “OK.” You may selected the “Do not show again” option to prevent this pop-up window from opening every time.

Click save and return



Please contact your instructor or advisor if you have questions about your portfolio.

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