What is the capstone?
The capstone is a 1-credit requirement to be taken during your senior year. The project addresses a topic in writing studies related to a WRIT 3xxx or 4xxx level course that you are taking or have recently taken. You will work with a Writing Studies instructor to complete the project. The nature of the capstone project is flexible. It can be a research paper on a proposed topic related to coursework, a project that involves empirical research and creation of a document (such as a usability report, a technical report, a design, a website, etc.), or it can be a portfolio. You should discuss the nature of your project with your instructor. There is a suggested three-student limit per faculty member each semester, so it's a good idea to plan ahead.
Options for completing the TWC capstone requirement:
Steps to Register for Writ 4995:
- Choose the class you plan to use for your capstone project from an upcoming or previous semester, and brainstorm a potential paper, project, or portfolio that you might complete in conjunction with the class.
- Identify the instructor of your chosen class, set a time to meet with the instructor to discuss your proposed capstone project, and get approval from the instructor.
- Complete the Capstone Contract: Download the contract, add information briefly describing your capstone project (along with a timeline for completion), and obtain signature of overseeing instructor. [Sample Capstone Project Timeline]
- Submit your completed form to Shannon Klug in 218 Nolte Center, who will give you a permission number to register for WRIT 4995.
Writ 4995H for Honors Students:
Honors students should register for Writ 4995H to satisfy their TWC capstone requirement. One credit fulfills the TWC requirement, but Writ 4995H may be repeated, for up to two credits. Please work with your honors advisor for direction on fulfilling the honors requirements.