Usually completed in the senior year, the capstone must:
demonstrate sufficient mastery of a field
represent at least three months of deep study and analysis
result in an essay, document, performance, artwork, or some other artifact that can be preserved
Most students write a long, scholarly essay in their major, but you may do creative projects or use multimedia. Some students use the capstone to bridge work in their primary major and secondary major or in their minor. Some use it to explore some other field of interest, which may or may not be related to their major.
What is the process?
Throughout the process, you should work with a faculty member or, in the beginning stages, an Honors staff member.
Decide on the purpose of your capstone project and explore possible ideas.
Consider its relation to your majors, minors or other interests. If your major requires a capstone, you can choose to make it your Honors capstone.
Determine the final form (i.e., traditional thesis, “creative” work, etc.).
One semester in advance:
Select a faculty capstone advisor. Click here to view advice.
You might seek one or more faculty mentors who may offer further expertise. If you receive conflicting advice, follow your faculty capstone advisor’s direction. The faculty capstone advisor is the professor of record who ultimately articulates the standards by which your work is judged and who records the grade. You must earn a B or better to receive Honors credit.
Independent study. The title must begin with “Honors Capstone Project.” If you like or if the department prefers, you can register your independent study as HNRS-490 or HNRS-498 Honors Independent Study Project.
The semester(s) of:
Click here to view advice on how to submit an Honors capstone proposal.
Work plan. Set a schedule with advisor meetings, assignments, and deadlines.
Capstone grant application. Honors awards grants to Honors students for materials leading to the completion of the Honors capstone. The competitive awards are determined on the basis of capstone projects’ merit and feasibility. No award exceeds $500, and most grants typically fall below $300, due to funding limitations. Please review this General Information document to get a sense of the items for which Honors will and will not award grants. To be considered for a grant, the grant form must be completed and submitted with your Honors Capstone Form.
Submit the online capstone form by the deadline, which is the last day of add/drop period. And, if completing an independent study, the Registrar’s Independent Study Form. Check with your department about any additional forms that need to be completed and the deadlines for submitting them.