History Capstone Experiences

Beginning fall semester 2013, all History majors and History/Social Science Education majors must complete a Capstone to receive their degrees.  The Capstone is the culminating experience of the degree program and an opportunity for students to demonstrate the skills they have mastered during their time at Western.

The History Department offers several Capstone options.

For students in History/Social Science Education, student teaching will serve as the Capstone.  Students must submit a signed Student Teaching Capstone Agreement to the History Office no later than the end of the drop-and-add period during the semester in which they plan to complete their student teaching.

History majors may choose to write a Senior Thesis as their Capstone.  This option is limited to students with a 3.2 GPA.  Students choosing this option must submit a signed Senior Thesis Capstone Agreement to the History Office no later than the end of the drop-add period during the semester in which they plan to complete their thesis.

Double Majors may complete a Capstone in their non-history major.  Students choosing this option must submit a Double Major Capstone Agreement to the History Office no later than the drop-add period during the semester in which they plan to complete their thesis.

All other History majors will complete a Capstone Contract Project.  The Contract Project will be linked to an upper-division History course, designated by the student as their Capstone course.  In conjunction with the course instructor, and approved by the student's advisor and the Department Head, the student will design a major project demonstrating the skills that they have mastered during their time at Western.  This Capstone represents an opportunity for students and faculty to collaborate on creative projects.  Each Capstone Contract Project, however, must include either (1) the completion of an 8-10 page paper (excluding the required bibliography) in addition to regular course assignments or (2) the expansion of a completed paper in another 300 or 400 level course to at least 20 pages (excluding the required bibliography).  Students choosing this option must submit a Capstone Contract to the History Office no later than the end of the drop-add period during the semester in which they plan to complete their Capstone project.

The History Department has developed a student checklist for each of these Capstone options.

CAPSTONE DOCUMENTS

Student Teaching Capstone Agreement
Senior Thesis Capstone Agreement
Double Major Capstone Agreement
Capstone Contract

CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE CHECKLISTS

Student Teaching Checklist
Senior Thesis Checklist
Double Major Checklist
Capstone Contract Checklist


 

 

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