Helpful Tip: Use the Portfolio Checklist to assure that you will meet all requirements.
All Forms Must Be Typed
- The General Study Plan shows a semester-by-semester account of the proposed courses of study, for all semesters up to graduation. A student's academic advisor must approve each plan, in addition to the major department chair. If the student is double majoring, the chairs of both majors must sign the form.
- The Major/Minor Checklist is a list of all courses taken and projected for major and minor credit. Chairs of major/minor departments must approve each checklist. If a student chooses to double major, a minor is not required; however, the student should complete a separate checklist for each major, leaving the minor area blank. If the student is an Education major, please note that there are additional forms (see below). The major and minor department chairs, and the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Admissions and Advisement in the School of Education must approve each form.
- The General Education Worksheet is for use by students who entered the College in Fall 2009 and thereafter to list all courses you use to meet the College's general education requirements. An official list of courses approved by the Committee on Core Curriculum as satisfying general education requirements is made available to students in the registration period for each semester by the Registrar and a website listing the General Education value of past courses can be accessed through the Registrar's "Undergraduate Course Registration Information" webpage. The courses that a student chooses to satisfy the Global Awareness Requirement should also be listed on this form (see below).
The Global Awareness Requirement requires that students must take two courses (6 credits) devoted to the study of a geographical or cultural area with which they were not previously familiar, or to the comparative study of cultural or behavioral differences, value or belief systems, religions, educational systems, community structures, economic or governmental systems, or artistic traditions. Since many departments and areas of study supply appropriate courses, and many majors include courses that specifically address global perspectives, it is impossible to provide a check-list of satisfactory classes. Students should use the descriptions of courses as listed in the Manhattanville College Catalog to determine the appropriateness of courses to satisfy this requirement, as well as confer with their advisor. It should be noted, however, that introductory level foreign language classes (Levels I and II) do not fulfill this global awareness requirement. Students should list their chosen courses on the General Education Worksheet, which will be submitted with their First and Final Portfolio submissions.
Please also submit a resume that has been approved by the Center for Career Development.
For the First Portfolio Review, students submitted a Connecting with the Liberal Arts essay and an Examining the Mission essay. For the Final Review, an integrated and more robust essay combining and expanding the focus of these two essays is expected. The Association of American Colleges and Universities defines a “liberal education as a philosophy of education that empowers individuals with broad knowledge and transferable skills, and a strong sense of value, ethics, and civic engagement” (http://www.aacu.org/resources/liberaleducation/index.cfm). Beyond this goal of a liberal arts education, Manhattanville College also aims to “educate students to be ethical and socially-responsible leaders in a global community.”
In 1500 words, explore how your liberal arts education at Manhattanville College has enabled you to develop your sense of value, ethics, and civic engagement. In your essay, be sure to integrate examples from across your learning experiences (academic, co-curricular, and extracurricular). At its best, this essay is an exploration of growth and change and a statement of who you are and where you will go as a result of your time here at Manhattanville. This essay must be signed by your advisor. Click here for prompts to support the development of your essay.
- A student’s Freshman Essay is the first submission to the Portfolio. In the Senior Portfolio submission, students should reread their Freshman Essay and reflect on the essay. This is an opportunity to realize and articulate the growth and development that has occurred over the past three years with regard to skills (e.g., writing), knowledge, critical analysis, and perspective. In this essay, students should write a reflective essay examining the ways in which they have changed and perhaps how they might have approached their essay differently. This essay must be signed by your advisor.
If you transferred into Manhattanville College and do not have a Freshman Essay, you should reflect on the piece of work you are most proud of from either your First Review or Transfer Review.
- Students are also asked to submit work that they have completed, of which they are most proud. The sample may be a paper, a photograph, a video of a dance or music recital, a piece of creative writing, or a mathematical proof, to name some examples. Along with the submission of the piece of work, students are asked to write a reflection about why they are proud of this piece of work and how and in what ways they have grown through its completion. Click here for instructions. This essay must be signed by your advisor.