General Education at the University of Cincinnati requires a Capstone Experience by which students demonstrate mastery of the major and of the four Baccalaureate Competencies:
1. Critical Thinking
2. Effective Communication
3. Knowledge Integration
4. Social Responsibility
It is wise to begin thinking about your Capstone early in your senior year. If you procrastinate, you may find your graduation delayed until you have completed the Capstone Project.
Plan on coming up with your own ideas for a Capstone Project. Although they may provide guidance, faculty are not responsible for suggesting topics or for recommending projects.
TO COMPLETE YOUR CAPSTONE REQUIREMENT YOU MUST:
1. Link the Capstone to a course with a number above 3002 (302 quarter system) that you have taken or are presently taking. The course must support the kind of project you wish to pursue.
2. Within the first week of the semester, fill out the SPAN Capstone Project Registration Form or FREN Capstone Project Registration Form and ask the instructor of your course to indicate support for the project by signing the form.
3. By the end of the first week of the semester submit by email the signed form to the Director of Undergraduate Studies of RALL to discuss and to secure registration block removal for the course Capstone 5001 (FREN or SPAN) for one credit.
4. Register for the course Capstone 5001 (FREN 5001 or SPAN 5001) for one credit. Note: The course is blocked for all students; to have the block removed, you must email the completed Capstone Project Registration Form, signed by your Capstone mentoring professor, to the Director of Undergraduate Studies of RALL.
5. Participate in at least one Capstone Forum while working on the Capstone project. You will present in the target language (French or Spanish). The presentation will be an oral summary of the project. Presented in the target language (French or Spanish). The dates of the Capstone presentations for Fall and Spring semesters are in the registration form.
6. The Capstone Project must be completed and graded within two semesters of the date on the project form. Your instructor will grade the project and communicate the grade in writing to the Director of Undergraduate Studies. The instructor will also submit an evaluation of the Capstone Project.
The final Capstone Project with all revisions will be due the week before final exams of the semester, in which you are graduating.
POSSIBLE FORMATS for the CAPSTONE PROJECTS
(all to be presented in the target language):
1. A ten-page research paper developed in a course.
2. A webpage or Power Point presentation with a five-page description of the creative process and the result.
3. A ten-page literary work, for example an essay, poem, or group of poems.
4. A ten-page translation of a literary or cultural work, accompanied by an explanation of issues addressed in the process of translation.
5. An alternative project - proposed by the student and accepted by the instructor and the Director of Undergraduate Studies.