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Core Requirements for the Major.

Core requirements for the major (C, AW, OP) are required in each major.  Students who double major are expected to demonstrate their ability to master capstone requirements, write effectively, and speak effectively, within the unique disciplinary expectations of each major.

All students, as part of their major(s), will take a course that emphasizes writing skills within the discipline.

Selected courses and/or other requirements in the major(s) allow students to further cultivate skills in oral presentation and the use of technology to collect and share information.

Capstone experiences are valuable not solely for the opportunity they afford the student to demonstrate mastery of skills and knowledge in a specific discipline, but also because they represent the culminating expression of a broad liberal arts education that prepares students for future success in a wide range of activities. The capstone experience focuses on some feature of the student’s major(s) area(s) of interest and requires the disciplined use of skills, methodology, and knowledge taught through the curriculum. Capstones meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Synthesize and apply disciplinary knowledge and skills.
  • Foster reflection on undergraduate learning and experience.
  • Demonstrate emerging professional competencies.
  • Apply, analyze, and/or interpret research, data, or artistic expression.

The capstone may be satisfied through a course, created work or product, or some form of experiential learning; the capstone usually occurs during the student’s junior or senior year.