Portfolio Requirement for Communications Majors California State University, Bakersfield

Effective with Senior Seminars starting in Winter 1999, each student will prepare a portfolio that displays what has been gained from the major in communications.  The portfolio is a collection of materials that addresses each of four goals that the program faculty expects students to achieve, and it also includes a personal statement and a brief analysis of each course taken for the major in communications.  The portfolio will be submitted to the student’s Senior Seminar instructor by the end of the third week of that class, and it will be graded by a committee of communications faculty.  It will represent 20% of the Senior Seminar grade.
To create the portfolio, each student should maintain evidence from all communications courses and from other experiences that provide support for the student’s accomplishments as a communications major.  Questions about the portfolio may be directed to the student’s advisor or to any communications faculty member.

The four goals are:

1/ competency in communications processes
2/ competency in theoretical and critical perspectives
3/ competency in the creation and practical application of communications
4/ competency in the ethical practices and knowledge of the laws governing communications 

Contents of the Portfolio (Presented in Senior Seminar) 

Title Page (Your name and date of submission)
Table of Contents
Personal Statement
A 5-10 page self-analysis of your accomplishments as a communications major, to include the following sections:
A.        Summary.  Summarize how you satisfied (or did not satisfy) the program’s list of goals and objectives.  Specify what evidence is provided for each goal and objective and what the evidence shows about the satisfaction of each goal and objective.  In addition, we encourage you to show how the major helped you achieve other objectives that are important to you, but that are not listed in the program.  Provide the actual evidence in the Appended evidence section below.  If you did not achieve a specific goal or objective, make a good-faith effort to discuss why that goal or objective was not achieved and the extent to which this gap may affect your attainment of post-baccalaureate goals.
B.        Critique of the Communications Major.  State what you found to be of greatest value in the communications major and make suggestions for changes in the curriculum.  You may wish to refer to the Course Analysis (see below) to support your conclusions.
C.        Future Goals and Plans.  Describe your future goals and plans and how the communications major relates to those plans.
Appended Evidence
A.        Resume.  Include a list of communications courses taken and other relevant courses, extracurricular activities, work and volunteer experiences, etc.
B.        Course Analyses.  Provide a one-page analysis of what you learned from each communications course you took, especially learning related to the department’s goals and objectives.  We recommend that you write this analysis immediately after each course is completed.
C.        Evidence for the Satisfaction of Goals and Objectives.  Present evidence for the satisfaction of each goal and objective in the department’s list organized by category.  Evidence may include term papers, newspaper articles, press releases, media kit, reports, assignments, tests, videos, graphic designs, copies of your home page or other technological projects, self-report statements about your learning, and letters from faculty, peers, internship/employers, or community supervisors.  If you identified other goals in your summary, include evidence for these goals here.

Department of Communications

California State University, Bakersfield

9001 Stockade Highway
Bakersfield, CA  93311-1022

Phone: (661) 654-6345
Fax: (661) 654-3951
Email: shaynes2@csub.edu (Staff)
Email: mslaughter@csub.edu (Chair) 
Office: Business Development Center 227A