Senior Capstone Experience

The Capstone Experience, completed near the end of baccalaureate studies, integrates liberal learning with specialized knowledge. Each Capstone emphasizes sharing of ideas, synthesis, and critical, informed reflection as significant precursors to action, and each includes student initiative in defining and investigating problems or projects.

Capstones may be completed in or outside students' majors; in some departments, the Capstone Experience may be a requirement of the major. All Capstones presume a significant scholarly background of specialized study in a major as well as in liberal education course work. In other words, a Capstone does more than culminate years of baccalaureate study: it culminates a student's liberal education.

Ordinarily, a Capstone Experience is taken at Miami and completed in the senior year (minimum of 96 hours concurrently registered or earned). Students who plan to transfer any course to meet the Capstone requirement must obtain permission from the Office of Liberal Education before they take the course.

Students may propose their own Senior Capstone Experience. See the Current Students page for details.

Capstone Experience Courses

AES 432 National Security Forces in Contemporary American Society (3)
AMS 401 Senior Capstone in American Studies (4)
ARC 402C Senior Studio Capstone Experience (6)
ARC 408 Senior Interior Design Studio Capstone Experience (6)
ARC 426 Architecture and Society (3)
ART 419 Supervised Teaching in Art (16)
ART 452 Senior Degree Project (3)
ART 453 Highwire Brand Studio (4, maximum 8)
ART 492 Professional Artist's Portfolio and Exhibition Experience (3)
ART 497 Museums as Interpreters of Culture (3)
ART 498 Seminar in the History and Methods of Art and Architectural History (3)
ATH 421 Senior Seminar in Anthropology (3)
ATH 426 Ethnographic Field Research (4-16)
ATH 448 Developing Solutions in Global Health (3)
ATH/BIO 498 Evolution of Human Behavior (3)
BIO 400 Capstone Seminar: Contemporary Issues in Biology (3)
BIO 419R Independent Research Capstone (3)
BIO 435 Winter Biology (3)
BIO 444 Molecular Biology (3)
BIO 452 Nerve and Muscle Physiology (4)
BIO 453 Animal Physiological Ecology (4)
BIO 454 Endocrinology (3)
BIO 459 Methods in Neurophysiology (1)
BIO 462 Environmental Toxicology and Risk Assessment (4)
BIO 465 Animal Behavior (4)
BIO 467 Conservation Biology (3)
BIO 490 Botany Capstone (1) (with concurrent enrollment in BIO 400 (2) or
BOT 477 (2) for research option; or concurrent enrollment in BIO 340 (2) for internship option)

BIO/GEO 496 Biodiversity of Kenya (6)
BIO 498 Evolution of Human Behavior (3)
BIS 401 Senior Integrative Seminar (3)
BLS 465 Ethics, Law, and Business (3)
BWS/FST/LAS 415 Cuba in Revolution (4)
BWS/WGS 432 Feminism and the Diaspora: Women of Color in the U.S. (3)
BWS/DST/SJS/SOC 470 Social/Political Activism
CHM 491 Chemistry in Societal Issues (3)
CHM 492 Independent Research Capstone in Chemistry (3)
CIT 458 Collaborative System Development and Integration (3)
CJS 485 Capstone: Seminar in Criminal Justice (3)
CLS 401 The Age of Pericles (3)
CLS 402 The Age of Augustus (3)
COM 411 Interactive Media Study Practicum (4)
COM 414 Capstone Pictures: Project in Digital Narrative Film Production (4)
COM/JRN 415 Practicum in Television Journalism (3)
COM 437 Advocacy in Contemporary America (3)
COM 439 Advanced Organizational Communication (3)
COM 440 Practicum: Mass Media Advertising and Public Relations (4)
COM 445 Seminar in Mass Communication Law (3)
COM 459 Advanced Public Relations (3)
CPE 471, 472 Engineering Design I, II (1, 2)
CSE 448, 449 Senior Design Project (2, 1-2)
CSE 481 Technology for Managing Disease and Disability (3)
DST/ENG/SPA/COM/SOC 494/EDP 489 Disability in Global and Local Contexts (3)
ECO 405 Managerial Economics (3)
ECO 427 The Great Depression Revisited (3)
EDL 401 Cultural Studies and the Complexity of Empowerment (3)
EDP 460 Action Research/Problem-based Seminar in Exceptional Education/Developmental Differences (3)
EDP 471 Literacy Seminar: Clinical (3; maximum 6): Practicum (3)
EDT 422 Studies in Educational Issues (3)
EDT 495 Writing Information Books for Children (3)
EDT 499C Comparing Selected U.S. and European Schools (3)
ENG 405 Advanced Linguistics: The Research Program of Noam Chomsky (3)
ENG 406 Discourse Analysis: Speech Acts in Context (3)
ENG 415 Capstone in Professional Writing (3)
ENG 460 Issues in Creative Writing (3)
ENG 495 Capstone in Literature (3)
ENG 496 English Studies: Reflections on Literature and Language (3)
ENT 497, 498 Senior Design Project (2, 2)
ESP 461 Small/Emerging Enterprise Consulting (3)
ESP 467 Entrepreneurship: New Ventures (3)
FIN 485 Integrative Concepts in Finance (3)
FRE 410 Senior Seminar (3)
FSW/SOC/WGS 451 Family Violence (3)
FSW 462 Family Policy and Law (3)
FSW 498 Critical Thinking About Family Relationships (4)
GEO 491 Senior Seminar (4)
GEO 492 Geography of the Auto Industry (3)
GEO 493 Urban Field Experience (3)
GER 471 Linguistic Perspectives on Contemporary German (3)
GLG 411A Field Geology (6)
GLG 497
Trends and Topics in the Geosciences 
GTY 440G Field Experience in Gerontology (3)
HST 400 Senior Capstone in History (3-6)
IMS 440 Interactive Media Studies Practicum (4)
ISA 495 Managing the Intelligent Enterprise (3)
ITS 402 Senior Capstone in International Studies (3)
JRN 421 Capstone in Journalism (3)
KNH 402 Critical Reflections on Health Care (3)
LAS 410 Current Latin American Issues (3)
MBI 440C Research Problems (2) and MBI 490 Undergraduate Seminar (1)
MBI 477C Independent Study (2) and MBI 490 Undergraduate Seminar (1)
MBI 480C Departmental Honors (2) and MBI 490 Undergraduate Seminar (1)
MBI 487, 488, 489 Medical Laboratory Science Practicum (8, 12, 12)
MGT 495 Strategic Management (3)
MKT 442 Highwire Brand Studio (4)
MKT 495 Marketing Strategy Practicum (4)
MME/ECE 448, 449 Senior Design Project (2, 1-2)
MTH 407 Mathematical Structures Through Inquiry
MTH 425 Number Theory (3)
MTH 435 Mathematical Modeling Seminar
MTH 482 Great Theorems of Mathematics (3)
MUS 460 Methodologies in Ethnomusicology (3)
MUS 475 Senior Practicum in Music Education (3)
MUS 493 Capstone Senior Recital (3)
NSC 402 Leadership and Ethics (3)
NSG 435 Challenges in Health Care Delivery (3)
PHL 404 What is Philosophy? (3)
PHL 405 Philosophy for Children (4)
PHY 488 Research Capstone in Physics (3)
POL 419 Civil Society and Modern Politics (3)
POL 439 North American Politics: Unity and Diversity (3)
POL 459 Capstone Seminar on the American Political System (3)
POL 466 Public Policy Analysis (3)
POL 471 The International System (3)
POL 487 Individual Lives and International Politics (3)
POL 489 Conflict Management in a Divided World (3)
PSY 410 Capstone Seminar in Psychology: Multiple Determinants of Behavior (3)
PSY 490 Research Apprenticeship in Psychology (3)
REL 402 Basic Structures in the History of Religions (4)
RUS 401 St. Petersburg: History, Literature, Culture (3)
SOC 459 Sociology Capstone (3)
SOC 462 Applied Sociological Research (3)
SPA 413 Senior Seminar in Communication Disorders (3)
SPA 499B Intercultural Workshop in Speech Pathology and Audiology (3)
SPN 490 Issues in Hispanic Literature (3)
STA 475 Data Analysis Practicum (3)
THE 490 The Theatre and a Cultural Aesthetic (3)
WGS 401 The Role of Women in a Transforming Society (3)
WST 444, 445 Senior Workshop and Project (3, 2)