What is a Capstone?
Capstones are culminating academic experiences that are completed within the confines of a semester-length course.
We offer two different types of capstones: faculty directed and student directed.
Student-directed capstones require you to come up with a topic and make a case to your research advisor as to why the topic is worthy of investigation. The project represents your academic passion and professional interest. Once the topic is approved, you craft a capstone proposal--a research plan--where you outline the topic, share the background reading you've done to understand the topic, and state the research design and methods.
Faculty-directed capstones are semester-long academic seminars lead by an instructor, who brings together all the key learning outcomes of the field of study in a structured syllabus. The instructor may present a list of topics from which you can choose or you may work on the same project as other students. You could work in a team or on your own.
Prework. Most capstones require you to participate in either a capstone proposal tutorial or a precapstone course the semester right before capstone registration (no earlier). The guided prework in either the tutorial or course sets the foundation for academically strong capstones.
The following ALM fields require student-directed capstones:
- Digital Media Design (capstone proposal tutorial required)
- Museum Studies (capstone proposal tutorial required)
- Sustainability (capstone proposal tutorial required)
The following ALM fields require faculty-directed capstones:
- Biotechnology (precapstone course required)
- English (precapstone course required)
- Government (precapstone course required)
- History (precapstone course required)
- International Relations (precapstone course required)
- Management (precapstone course required)
- Math for Teaching
- Psychology (precapstone course required)
- Religion (precapstone course required)
- Software Engineering
- Information Management Systems