Dept of Africana Studies
3428 French Hall
The senior Capstone course in Africana Studies is offered annually each Spring Semester for senior majors. The capstone course focuses on knowledge and issues important to the discipline.
It is designed to help our senior majors reflect back on what they have gained from the major, any learning experiences as well as special area of expertise that they may have developed through their choice of electives. It also aims to prepare students for graduate school and/or employment.
As part of the capstone requirement, senior majors prepare a portfolio of their work in the major. A portfolio is a notebook or folder that contains documentation of your accomplishments. Having a polished portfolio, with evidence of your achievements, strengthens students' application to graduate school and/or employment.
The portfolio is designed to document what students have learned both in this course and throughout the major. All majors are encouraged to save copies of their best papers and other coursework for their senior portfolios.
Senior majors prepare two copies of their portfolios, one to keep, and the other to be kept by the department. Senior majors can continue to add to their portfolios until they graduate. Portfolios are displayed in the Africana Studies conference room after graduation.
Portfolios contain the following five elements: