The Capstone project in Philosophy represents the culmination of your work in the Philosophy major. It is a substantial work of written scholarship that enables you to explore a philosophical problem that is of particular personal interest to you and to make a scholarly contribution to ongoing discussions of that problem. You should expect to work on your Capstone project throughout your senior year, and 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, so long as your adviser approves.)
Philosophy majors also 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.