During their final year at the university, Humanities and Humanities-Prelaw majors are required to develop and execute a plan of scholarly inquiry in the humanities while working closely with their Capstone advisors and the Capstone Committee. The Capstone Project is a serious piece of work representing the culmination of the student’s undergraduate work in the humanities and preparing the student for the type of research undertaken at the graduate level. Students are required to complete two courses for their Capstone Project, HUM 3999: Capstone Research Methods and HUM 4100: Senior Capstone Project. The Capstone projects are presented to the Capstone Committee and invited guests of the School of Arts and Communication as part of their final Capstone presentation.
The Capstone Project begins during the student’s final year at the university, when the student identifies one or two professors who will serve as the students' Capstone Advisors. Students will also require a secondary reader, who may come from outside the Humanities Program. Students consult with their professors about suitable topics for their projects, which are typically drawn from a previous project completed during their coursework. Topics should be discussed with potential advisors before the student’s final year and will require final approval during the first weeks of the Capstone process.
Students will meet on a weekly basis during their final year at the university with the Capstone Committee, a group of Humanities faculty members who will advise and monitor student’s progress on their Capstone Project. These meetings will help students improve their research methods, writing and argument, as well as provide an opportunity for feedback from the committee members. The purpose of these meetings is to prepare students to work in an environment more conducive to graduate school, encouraging independent study and time management skills.
Goal: The completion of a project consisting of original research that will result in a substantial written work about a significant issue in the humanities.
Format: Approx. 10,000 words, typed and double-spaced. Documentation consistent with MLA format.
Due Date: Finals week of graduating semester
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