HNR 401 Capstone Project, 3 credits
This required, senior-level seminar is a contract course that will result in the creation of an interdisciplinary honors project. The seminar will meet several times throughout the semester to help students create a research plan, share information, draft material, and collaboratively edit and review their ideas. The emphasis of the seminar will be on developing a professional project after a process of self-directed research, writing, and peer review. In addition, students will assist each other to develop and expand their ideas, using the integrative skills they have gained in the honors program. Each student's project, will entail either a journal length paper consisting of original research, or a visual or performing arts project, or an academically-based, service-learning project, which will demand some original research and will be accompanied by a substantial written commentary. Projects and papers will be completed under the direction of the instructor of the capstone course and one additional faculty member. In either case, all projects must be approved by the honors faculty, presented to the campus community and placed (in some fashion) in the university's online honors journal Honorus.
Prerequisites: Upper-level standing in the honors program and approval of project proposal form by the appropriate faculty. All projects must be approved by the honors faculty and one appropriate outside reader. In addition, visual and performing arts projects must be approved by the chair of the fine arts department; service-learning projects must be approved by the director of service-learning.