American Studies Senior Capstone ePortfolio

The capstone experience recapitulates the sum and substance of a student's concentration. For some students, the seminar taken in the senior year serves as part of their capstone experience. In addition, all seniors would submit an electronic portfolio.

The portfolio highlights the student's achievements in writing and analysis and includes at least four elements:

  • a copy of a research paper from a seminar in the area of the student's focus
  • a representation of the student's public project in the junior seminar
  • some demonstration of competence (in the form of papers or presentations) in the student's three themes and three approaches
  • a short self-reflective essay on what the student learned in American Studies

Compiling the online portfolio would be a non-graded assignment, advised and monitored by the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Students will publicly present their portfolios during reading period in their last semester.

Students who are writing Honors Theses should also include them in the eportfolio.

2013 Digital ePortfolios


Lizzy Landau, Making Meaning: The Shaping of Identity through Cultural Production and Consumption

Taylor Williams, Production and Consumption of Culture: Mass Media

Roger Ferguson, Production and Consumption of Culture: Film and Technology

Nicolas Gomez-Hall, Global/International Contextualization: Cultural Exchange and Expression in the Americas,

Ethan Hammerman, Popular Culture and Media Portrayal

Donna Leong, Social Structures and the Practices of Identity

Mary Laski, Production and Consumption of Culture: American Popular Culture

Kayleigh Butera, Production and Consumption of Culture: Visual Culture

Brendan DeWolf, Social Structures and Practices of Identity: Structural Inequality in the Contemporary United States

Anna Tifft, Cultural and Social Analysis: Material Culture

Jessica Hornig, Social Structures and the Practices of Identity: Narratives of Inequality.

Heidi Alpert, Production and Consumption of Culture: Visual Culture

Michael Stewart, Social Structures and Practices of Identity: Youth Culture

Jennifer Lawrence, Social Structures and the Practices of Identity: Race, Gender, and Marginalized Voices in the Contemporary US

Lucy Kissel, Social Structures and Practices of Identity: Social Inequality

Leah Douglas, Food Studies