Undergraduate Study

Capstone Proposal Guidelines


For Students Completing a Senior Capstone Project:

Please submit to the Departmental Administrator, Tina Creamer, the following:
(All forms can be found at the bottom of the page) 

  1. A capstone proposal form.
  2. A narrative capstone project proposal, as described below.

    You should indicate in your proposal whether you are doing your capstone in the fall or in the spring. 
    PLEASE NOTE: Before you submit your proposal, you must have the faculty member who is advising your capstone read and sign the capstone proposal form.  Submit both the narrative and the form to the Departmental Administrator, Tina Creamer, by the appropriate deadline.  

If you are doing a fall capstone, your proposal is due October 15th.
If you are doing a spring capstone, your proopsal is due March 4th.
It is your responsibility to obtain the signature of the faculty member who will supervise your capstone BEFORE these deadlines. 

Capstone Proposal Guidelines
At the beginning of the capstone proposal narrative please list the name and number of the proposed capstone course and the name of the course instructor.  

The narrative should contain THREE paragraphs, single spaced, on ONE page.

First Paragraph: TOPIC
What topic do you intend to investigate?  What issue, person, text, ritual, art object, community, tradition, or geographical location (etc.) is of interest to you?  What range of materials, people, communities and time frames do you intend your research to cover?

Second Paragraph: QUESTIONS
What kinds of questions do you intend to ask in relation to the topic you are choosing?  What interests you about this phenomenon?  What would you like to learn through your study?

Third Paragraph: METHODS
What methodological approach(es) do you intend to take?  In other words, how do you intend to gather resources for answering questions you would like to ask in relation to the topic you are choosing?  Do you plan to provide a close reading of texts or artifacts?  Do you plan to interview people?  Why?  To what ends?  How do you intend to use the data/reasearh you collect?