A capstone, in the literal sense, is a stone or block that sits atop a wall or other stone structure. The capstone reflects the strength and integrity of the structure below, but it also serves to reinforce it.
In a metaphorical sense, a capstone is a person's greatest achievement--in the case of the Interdisciplinary Studies degree, the culmination of all the work you have done. Your capstone is a product of the learning you have acquired and the skills you have mastered, but it also reinforces them. Students begin preparing for their capstone with their very first assignment in their very first course, building their own powerful structure brick by brick.
Producing a thesis or project is the “capstone” experience of the Interdisciplinary Studies program. A student's capstone should:
Ultimately, the capstone involves putting theory into practice, as students apply what they have learned in other contexts to an original research topic that results in either a traditional thesis or a project--a practical deliverable with a robust framing statement.
The capstone experience unfolds in 3 phases that yield 2-5 credits, depending on whether the student does a project or a thesis: