Capstone Project

Students must complete:

  • a capstone project that synthesizes their experience with the GPC.
  • the capstone project must address 5 thematic questions
  • all deliverables need to be turned in by the last day of class of the semester.

Capstone Project Requirements

Project Format Guidelines

Option 1: Reflection Paper

  • 5-10 pages (not including cover sheet and references if applicable), double spaced, Times New Roman, Font size 12, 1 inch margins all around
  • Deliverables
    • Reflection paper uploaded to Moodle in Word format or PDF format
    • Faculty assessment rubric delivered to GPC Coordinator by the last day of class

Option 2: Presentation*

  • Powerpoint presentation or Prezi
  • 20-30 minutes
  • delivered in a public setting, such as a class, organization meeting, expo, or fair
  • Deliverables
    • Presentation file uploaded to Moodle in Powerpoint or PDF format
    • Presentation narrative uploaded to Moodle in Word or PDF format
    • Presentation date, time, location, and audience information uploaded to Moodle
    • Picture or video of presentation uploaded to Moodle
    • Faculty assessment rubric delivered to GPC Coordinator by the last day of class

Option 3: Short Film or Video*

  • 7-10 minutes
  • published in a public platform, such as YouTube
  • Deliverables
    • Video file uploaded to Moodle
    • Video narrative uploaded to Moodle in Word or PDF format
    • Video address to public platform uploaded to Moodle
    • Faculty assessment rubric delivered to GPC Coordinator by the last day of class

Option 4: Website or Blog

  • minimum 5 posts or pages
  • published in a public platform, such as WordPress
  • Deliverables
    • Website or Blog address to public platform uploaded to Moodle
    • Faculty assessment rubric delivered to GPC Coordinator by the last day of class

Option 5: Academic Poster*

  • 1 academic poster
  • presented in a public setting, such as a class, organization meeting, expo, or fair
  • Deliverables
    • Academic Poster uploaded to Moodle in Powerpoint or PDF format
    • Presentation narrative uploaded to Moodle in Word or PDF format
    • Presentation date, time, location, and audience information uploaded to Moodle
    • Picture or video of presentation uploaded to Moodle
    • Faculty assessment rubric delivered to GPC Coordinator by the last day of class
  • Resources

Option 6: Student’s Creative Choice

  • May be a combination of media, short story, photo gallery exhibit/installation, etc
  • Please consult with the GPC Coordinator for guidelines on required deliverables

*NOTE: For projects that are submitted in any format other than a paper must include notes and written talking points along with the presentation or media display for grading. This narrative needs to articulate the depth of the student experience and provide the context that may not be directly addressed through slides, photos, or media displays within the presentation. In other words, this document articulates the connection between your experiences and the 5 thematic questions posed for the capstone project. Presentations or displays should also include captions for all photos.

5 Thematic Questions

  1. How do the international experiences you have gained while pursuing the Global Perspectives Certificate complement and enhance your academic program (major/minor and other course work) and campus life (living/learning villages, clubs, and student organizations, volunteer work)?
  2. Reflect on your experiences abroad, coursework, co-curricular and service activities. What are the “linear themes” you have learned that connect these opportunities? How have they helped you understand the interconnectedness of the world and global affairs? Provide examples.
  3. What were your perceptions about cultural values and norms in other countries before you began your international experiences? How do they compare to your own culture and U.S. culture? How have they changed your feelings and behavior in situations with people from other cultures? Include specific examples.
  4. Why do you think it is important for students to “internationalize” their studies and everyday lives? How will you continue to do so in the future?
  5. How have the experiences and insights you have gained changed the way you see your own role in this global society?

 

Project Timeline by Semester

Fall Semester Timeline

August – September
  • Student notifies GPC coordinator of their intention to complete the GPC. This must be done no later than October 1.
October
  • Student arranges a meeting to discuss the capstone project proposal with GPC coordinator.  The student should be prepared with some responses to the required questions to be addressed in the final project
  • Student identifies a possible venue for public presentation and begins to make appropriate arrangements
November
  • Student finalizes arrangements for public presentation
  • November 1 or earlier: Student submits their capstone project for review
  • Student presents to the larger public
December
  • Last day of class: Final submissions must be complete. Student should verify all requirements have been met.

Spring Semester Timeline

January – February
  • Student notifies GPC coordinator of their intention to complete the GPC. This must be done no later than March 1.
March
  • Student arranges a meeting to discuss the capstone project proposal with GPC coordinator.  The student should be prepared with some responses to the required questions to be addressed in the final project
  • Student identifies a possible venue for public presentation and begins to make appropriate arrangements
April
  • Student finalizes arrangements for public presentation
  • April 1 or earlier:  Student submits their capstone project for review
  • Student presents to the larger public
May
  • Last day of class: Final submissions must be complete. Student should verify all requirements have been met.

Capstone Project Resources

Examples of Past Projects