Portfolio Requirements

Portfolio Requirements

Every portfolio must contain:

  1. Thematically organized reading lists displaying the chronological, geographical, and topical contours of each of the student's fields.
    – Each student's portfolio will be divided into three or four fields of specialization.
    – Students will decide whether to prepare one or two minor fields in consultation with their major advisor.
    – These lists may be partially annotated should the student choose or the faculty examiner require. However, students cannot be required to annotate more than fifty entries on a major list field, twenty entries on a minor field list, or ten entries on an outside field list.
  2. Historiographic essays – at least one and no more than four, the equivalent in scope and length of a published review article in a journal.
  3. Research papers – at least one and no more than two, the equivalent in scope and length of a research based journal article.
  4. Book reviews – at least one and no more than five, along the lines of those published in scholarly journals.
  5. One grant proposal
  6. Teaching material
  7. Dissertation prospectus
  8. An intellectual agenda – this is a statement of no more than three thousand words explaining how the student's fields and proposed dissertation cohere.

In addition to the required material listed above:

  • Faculty examiners may ask you to write synthetic essays displaying a more comprehensive view of a field than is typically evidenced in papers written for more narrowly focused courses or independent studies. These essays would be similar to those currently submitted as written exams, but you would not have to work under the present time constraints. This requirement must be stipulated in the contract between you and your examiner submitted at the beginning of the third year, with the question or topic fully described therein. Students may not be required to produce more than two such essays, of no more than three thousand words each, for any one field.
  • You may also include an appendix of additional material such as conference papers, op ed or other journalistic interventions relating to your historical expertise, public history contributions, visual material, and the like, in short, anything you believe reflects favorably on your scholarly or teaching potential. The appendix may also include exemplary material produced in course work or elsewhere on topics outside the geographical or temporal parameters of your prelim fields.

Beyond serving as the preliminary certification rubric, our hope is that the portfolio will be of continuing use to our students. We encourage you to view the portfolio as a resource and continue to deposit any material you might wish to submit with job applications or that your might utilize for course preparation, research, and the like.