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