Essay Portfolio

Your collection of essays will include:

  • revised final versions of the four essays composed during the first half of the course
  • the essay sequence completed during the second half of the course, and
  • a selection of at least two essays that you have written (and/or published) over the past four years as English majors at Keene State College

Together the essays will situate you historically, intellectually, and culturally; engage rigorously and ethically with ideas, data, and texts by others; and reflect on your ideas, values, and sense of self. The goal is to showcase what Nicole Wallack calls a “public thinking presence,” a mind engaged with the formal and conceptual work of the essay. The portfolio will challenge you to construct your ideas while engaging others with the dynamic relation between your mind and the world as well as make visible your intellectual, ethical, and creative capacities as a writer.