Capstone Course

What is Capstone?
Capstone is an upper-division course in which students demonstrate and hone all the skills that they have learned throughout their St. Edward's University careers, including library and field research, writing, oral presentation, critical thinking, and moral reasoning.  The Capstone Course is grounded in the university's mission statement and seeks to prepare students to handle the challenges that they will face in the complex world of the 21st century.  The Capstone project requires students to choose a current social controversy; thoroughly research all aspects of it; analyze their research and propose a solution; communicate that solution both orally and in writing; and finally perform a civic engagement activity that supports their position.  Faculty give students instruction in how to complete the semester-long Capstone project, as well as giving each student individual guidance throughout the semester.

Prerequisites: CULF 2321; completion of the ethics requirement; completion of ENGW 1302 or equivalent; completion of the Computer Competency requirement; and at least 75 hours. Fall, Spring and Summer (12-Week session only).

Director: Todd Onderdonk

Paper of the Year
Every year each Capstone faculty member nominates one or more Capstone papers to be considered for the Paper of the Year competition, which recognizes excellent work in the Capstone Course. The nominated papers are rigorously evaluated and the winner is announced at Honors Night.

Outstanding Capstone Instructors
Starting in 2003, one Capstone instructor has been honored every year for his or her outstanding teaching in this challenging course. 

Mission Course Resource Center
The Mission Course Resource Center is a tutoring lab designed to help students with any aspect of Capstone or American Dilemmas.  In the lab, students work one-on-one with a tutor who is a faculty member with experience teaching these courses.  We meet students at any stage of the process, whether you're still choosing a topic or editing a final draft.  (Click here for more information or to make an appointment.)