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B.S. in Professional Writing - Graduation Portfolio Requirements

Each Professional Writing (PW) student is required to submit a mandatory, non-returnable graduation portfolio before the end of the semester in which the student graduates. The contents of the portfolio should demonstrate the student's mastery of these general learning objectives for the PW degree.

Course Registration Announcement

Remember to register for ENG 4099: Professional Writing Portfolio in your graduation semester. This is a no-credit, no-cost, required course UHD uses internally and on your grade record to certify that your required portfolio has been submitted.

Please direct any questions to Dr. Joe Sample, 713-226-5574,

Portfolio Goals

One of your most useful and satisfying graduation requirements is your Professional Writing graduation portfolio. This non-returnable assembly of at least 5 projects will be useful in several ways:

  • help you assess your own progress as a writer, designer, and editor, and it may help you decide on a career direction
  • provide you a model for the type of job-hunting portfolio expected by many employers; thus, you may wish to choose projects that demonstrate marketable skills or identifiable subject matter areas such as software documentation or medical writing.
  • serve as your entry in the annual UHD Professional Writing contest
  • enable the PW faculty to assess how well the PW program is fulfilling its educational goals

Submission Deadline

Submission deadline Portfolios are due at least two weeks before the last regular class day of each semester.

Portfolio Components

  • A suitable binder and title page (The title page may be part of the binder’s front cover.)
  • Your current résumé. Be sure it contains a career objective at the top of the first page.
  • A table of contents
  • At least 5 projects. The projects that you choose should demonstrate how you have met each of the eight of the learning objectives listed below. One project may address more than one objective (but no fewer than 5 projects), or you can include a separate project for each of the objectives. Special Directions:
    • Editing entries should include the “before” and “after” versions of the project.
    • For collaborative projects, your role in the project should be explained on the form.
    • Poetry and other creative writing should be chosen only if the project can clearly demonstrate your attainment of one of the 8 objectives.
    • Do not enclose papers embellished with your instructors’ handwriting/grading comments. Rewrite the papers and enclose clean copies.
  • A completed Portfolio Requirements and Form for each project - (page 2 of PDF).

Learning Objectives

  1. Design information for print and electronic formats, using multiple modalities
  2. Produce materials that address contexts (real or simulated) outside the classroom
  3. Produce documents that meet the needs of diverse audiences (same topic for more than one audience such as old/young, lay/technical, multicultural)
  4. Conduct and use research effectively
  5. Use ethical standards in citation, visual design, and language
  6. Write clearly and effectively

Related Links

Professional Writing Internship Requirements
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