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Capstone Seminar and Senior Project

Crafting a proposal is difficult, but rewarding, intellectual work. Over the years, students in the program have consistently expressed the desire to have a similar opportunity at the conclusion of their undergraduate experience. In response, a senior capstone experience was added so that students could reflect back on what they have accomplished.

Students will complete the IMP Senior Seminar (UC 455) in fall of their senior year. The course will examine the concept of an academic discipline and interdisciplinary research. Presentations and project-based assignments will allow students to conceptualize, articulate, and exhibit what they have accomplished in their own interdisciplinary studies.

Part of the senior seminar will be devoted to developing and proposing a senior project to be completed during the Winter semester under the guidance of the program advisor and a faculty sponsor. Senior projects might take the form of independent research with a faculty member, artistic productions or performances, websites or blogs, or community organizing events. The key requirement is that the project be a showcase of the student’s accomplishments in the individualized major.

Students may choose to receive academic credit for their senior projects and include this in the 34 upper-level credits required for their majors. To receive credit, students must find a faculty sponsor who is willing to serve as the instructor of record for an independent study. This independent study may be registered as UC 499 or as the appropriate course in the faculty member’s home department. Students may elect 1-3 credits depending on the work load they negotiate with their faculty sponsors. (Typically students receive one academic credit for 3 hours of work per week throughout the academic term.)

All senior projects must include a reflective writing assignment linking the project to the overall themes of the student's Individual Major Program. This assignment must be approved by the program advisor and the student's faculty sponsor for the student to receive her/his final major release.