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Govt 493 Portfolio Assessment

Goals of Govt 493:

1.  To give students the opportunity to compile a meaningful selection of the work they have completed as a government or international affairs major, which could be provided to a prospective employer, and/or which encapsulates significant elements of their careers as government or international affairs majors.

2.  To give students the opportunity to provide feedback to the department concerning highlights and lowlights of their careers as government or international affairs majors.

What will I study?

Items to include in the portfolio:

1.  A brief letter of introduction (i.e, not to exceed one single-spaced page)

2.  A detailed resume'

3.  A minimum of three graded essays (or some other combination of graded work, as determined in consultation with GOVT 493 faculty member) from GOVT courses taken during the student's career at Eastern. Submitted essays must come from courses taken in each of the three sub-fields taught in the department. In other words, a student must submit at least one essay from a course taken in American Politics, at least one from a course in International Affairs/Comparative Politics, and at least one from a course in Political Theory. If the student has already completed GOVT 490 (Senior Capstone), or will have done so by the end of the quarter he/she is enrolled in GOVT 493, the student must also submit an essay written for Senior Capstone.

4.  A reflective essay, of at least five pages in length, containing responses to the following questions:

     A.  Why did you choose to become a government or international affairs major? Did these reasons remain consistent as you progressed through the major, or did you find new areas that sustained your interest in the discipline?
     B.  Please reflect on your intellectual and personal development during your time as a government or international affairs major. In what ways did you change? How would you describe those changes?
     C.  What were some of the highlights of your experience as a government or international affairs major? What were some of the lowlights?
     D.  Describe the essays you submitted as part of this portfolio. Why did you include them? What do they reveal about you and your intellectual development?
     E.  What gaps do you see in your education as a government or international affairs major, and how might they be filled?

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