The Capstone project in History represents the culmination of your work in the History major. It is a substantial piece of written scholarship that enables you to explore an historical topic that is of particular interest to you and to make a scholarly contribution to ongoing discussions surrounding that topic. You are expected to work on your Capstone project throughout your senior year and, ideally, to conduct research on it during the previous summer. Your completed project should be a polished and professional example of scholarly research and writing.
On the basis of your proposal (submitted in the spring of your junior year), you will be assigned a faculty adviser. He or she will work with you as a supervisor and consultant throughout the process of researching and writing your Capstone project.
While you are expected to display a great deal of independence in the construction and execution of your project, your adviser can provide invaluable guidance and feedback. You should expect to meet with your adviser on a weekly basis once your senior year begins. (You are free to work out an alternative schedule in consultation with your adviser.)
History majors participate in the year-long Humanities Capstone Seminar, which is designed to complement the individual advising relationship. The seminar is a faculty-led work-in-progress group, in which Capstone writers will discuss research methods and problems across the humanities and learn to communicate their ideas to non-specialists. The seminars will keep students on a common schedule designed to allow sufficient time for revision of a complete draft before the final due date.