# Mathematics Major Portfolio

As part of our assessment program, the Mathematics Discipline will
eventually require each major to keep a portfolio. In order to
facilitate implementing this requirement, we would like to enlist
your help as current or prospective majors.

Each portfolio should include a substantial amount of
information compiled by the students about courses taken relevant to their
mathematics major (or related area of concentration program). This will
include two essays and a summary for each course taken.

## Essays

Your portfolio will address your development in a few broad areas:
mathematical techniques, applications of mathematics, use of abstract
ideas (proofs; how they are used to develop mathematics), and
problem solving.

Your initial essay may address your idea of mathematics and how
important each of these broad areas seems to you. Other aspects of
mathematics might come to mind. You should also describe your
academic plans and expectations. (Graduating seniors could address
their future plans for the coming academic year and the years immediately
following graduation.)

Your last year here, you should write an essay describing your
development as a mathematician: how the mathematics you have learned
fits together, for example.

## Course Summaries

For each course taken in the mathematics discipline, and for any other
relevant courses, you should write a brief report on the course.
This will answer questions like: What did you learn? Why do you think
this course is important to your mathematics education? How will you be
able to use the knowledge that you have gained in this course after your
graduation?

## Review of Portfolios

Since this is part of our discipline's assessment program, these files
will be read by faculty in the discipline and will be made available to
external consultants and reviewers. Students will be allowed to keep
copies of any material included in their portfolio.

Because these portfolios will be used for assessment of the
discipline as a whole, portfolios might also include the following
data:

- list of high school mathematics courses
- mathematics placement score
- ACT mathematics score
- proficiency exam scores
- specially designed exams from core courses
- course project reports
- GRE, GMAT, MCAT, LSAT, and other graduate school entrance exam scores
- actuarial and other professional exam scores
- teaching licensure
- list of graduate schools and programs for which student applied
- math contest or Putnam exam results