Capstone Experience

The Capstone Experience requires students engage in explorations in which the outcomes are unknown, and/or to engage in self-assessment, reflection, and analysis that prepares them for future success. These experiences should occur during the senior year or near the end of the program of study and must have a set of learning goals that are well-communicated to students. In all possible regards, the Capstone Experience should be an expression of the totality of a student’s growth, development, and learning as an undergraduate. If the Capstone experience is primarily course based (vs. internship, research, etc.) it is recommended that wherever possible, the course include high impact practices such as service learning and problem based learning. Each capstone requirement will be a minimum of a one (1) credit, credit-bearing course. A Capstone Experience may be solely based within the discipline or be interdisciplinary in nature. A list of approved courses which meet the Capstone requirement can be found in the UD Catalog

Examples of major assignments in the Capstone Experience:

  1. Honors Thesis/Senior Research
  2. Course-Based Research
  3. Professional Practicum and Internships
  4. Design Projects
  5. Programmatic ePortfolios
  6. Senior-level Seminars
  7. Field Experiences
  8. Appropriately defined classroom courses
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