Capstone Experience (3 hours minimum)

The Capstone Experience, completed near the end of baccalaureate studies, integrates liberal learning with specialized knowledge. Each Capstone emphasizes sharing of ideas, synthesis, and critical, informed reflection as significant precursors to action, and each includes student initiative in defining and investigating problems or projects.

Capstones may be completed in or outside students' majors; in some departments, the Capstone Experience may be a requirement of the major. All Capstones presume a significant scholarly background of specialized study in a major as well as in liberal education course work. In other words, a Capstone does more than culminate years of baccalaureate study: it culminates a student's liberal education.

Ordinarily, a Capstone Experience is taken at Miami and completed in the senior year (minimum of 96 hours registered or earned). Students who plan to transfer any course to meet the Capstone requirement must obtain permission from the Office of Liberal Education before they take the course.

The Office of Liberal Education website (www.miami.miamioh.edu/liberal-ed) provides a complete listing of Capstone Experiences. Please refer to the Courses of Instruction chapter for course descriptions of the Capstones.

Students may propose their own Senior Capstone Experience. See the Office of Liberal Education website (www.miami.miamioh.edu/liberal-ed) for details.

Capstone Experience Courses

AES 432 National Security Forces in Contemporary American Society (3)

AMS 401 Senior Capstone in American Studies (4)

ARC 402C Senior Studio Capstone Experience (6)

ARC 405U/GEO 493 Urban Field Experience (3)

ARC 408 Senior Interior Design Studio Capstone Experience (6)

ARC 426 Architecture and Society (3)

ART 419 Supervised Teaching in Art (16)

ART 452 Senior Degree Project (3)

ART 453 Highwire Brand Studio (4, maximum 8)

ART 492 Professional Artist's Portfolio and Exhibition Experience (3)

ART 497 Museums as Interpreters of Culture (3)

ART 498 Seminar in the History and Methods of Art and Architectural History (3)

ATH 421 Senior Seminar in Anthropology (3)

ATH 426 Ethnographic Field Research (4-16)

ATH 448 Developing Solutions in Global Health (3)

ATH/ZOO 498 Evolution of Human Behavior (3)

BIS 401 Senior Integrative Seminar (3)

BLS 465 Ethics, Law, and Business (3)

BOT/ZOO 467 Conservation Biology (3)

BOT 490A Current Advances and Issues in Botany (1) (with concurrent enrollment in BOT 477) (2)

BOT 490B Research/Internship Capstone in Botany (1) (with concurrent enrollment in BOT 400 (2) or

BOT 477 (2) for research option; or concurrent enrollment in BOT 340 (2) for internship option)

BOT 490C Departmental Honors Capstone in Botany (1) (plus concurrent enrollment in BOT 480) (2)

BOT 490D Undergraduate Botany Teaching (1) plus concurrent enrollment in BOT 477 (2)

BOT 3-2 Program in Forestry/Environmental Management

BOT/GEO 496 Biodiversity of Kenya (5)

BOT 499A Tropical Flora of the Bahamas (4)

BWS/FST/LAS 415 Cuba in Revolution (4)

BWS/WGS 370E Feminism and the Diaspora: Women of Color in the U.S. (3)

CHM 491 Chemistry in Societal Issues (3)

CHM 492 Independent Research Capstone in Chemistry (3)

CIT 458 Collaborative System Development and Integration (3)

CLS 401 The Age of Pericles (3)

CLS 402 The Age of Augustus (3)

COM 411 Interactive Media Study Practicum (4)

COM 414 Capstone Pictures: Project in Digital Narrative Film Production (4)

COM/JRN 415 Practicum in Television Journalism (3)

COM 437 Advocacy in Contemporary America (3)

COM 439 Advanced Organizational Communication (3)

COM 440 Practicum: Mass Media Advertising and Public Relations (4)

COM 445 Seminar in Mass Communication Law (3)

COM 459 Advanced Public Relations (3)

CPE 471, 472 Engineering Design I, II (1, 2)

CSE 481 Technology for Managing Disease and Disability (3)

DST/ENG/SPA/COM/SOC/EDP 494 Disability in Global and Local Contexts (3)

ECO 405 Managerial Economics (3)

ECO 427 The Great Depression Revisited (3)

EDL 401 Cultural Studies and the Complexity of Empowerment (3)

EDP 460 Action Research/Problem-based Seminar in Exceptional Education/Developmental Differences (3)

EDP 471 Literacy Seminar: Clinical (3; maximum 6): Practicum (3)

EDT 422 Studies in Educational Issues (3)

EDT 495 Writing Information Books for Children (3)

EDT 499C Comparing Selected U.S. and European Schools (3)

Engineering 3-2 Program

ENG 405 Advanced Linguistics: The Research Program of Noam Chomsky (3)

ENG 406 Discourse Analysis: Speech Acts in Context (3)

ENG 415 Capstone in Professional Writing (3)

ENG 460 Issues in Creative Writing (3)

ENG 495 Capstone in Literature (3)

ENG 496 English Studies: Reflections on Literature and Language (3)

ENT 497, 498 Senior Design Project (2, 2)

ESP 461 Small/Emerging Enterprise Consulting (3)

ESP 467 Entrepreneurship: New Ventures (3)

FIN 485 Integrative Concepts in Finance (3)

FRE 410 Senior Seminar (3)

FSW/SOC/WGS 451 Family Violence (3)

FSW 462 Family Policy and Law (3)

FSW 498 Critical Thinking About Family Relationships (4)

GEO 491 Senior Seminar (4)

GEO 492 Geography of the Auto Industry (3)

GER 471 Linguistic Perspectives on Contemporary German (3)

GLG 411 Field Geology (6)

GTY 440G Field Experience in Gerontology (3)

HST 400 Senior Capstone in History (3-6)

IMS 440 Interactive Media Studies Practicum (4)

ISA 495 Managing the Intelligent Enterprise (3)

ITS 402 Senior Capstone in International Studies (3)

JRN 421 Capstone in Journalism (3)

KNH 402 Critical Reflections on Health Care (3)

LAS 410 Current Latin American Issues (3)

MBI 440C Research Problems (2) and MBI 490 Undergraduate Seminar (1)

MBI 477C Independent Study (2) and

MBI 490 Undergraduate Seminar (1)

MBI 480C Departmental Honors (2) and MBI 490 Undergraduate Seminar (1)

MBI 487, 488, 489 Medical Laboratory Science Practicum (8, 12, 12

MGT 495 Strategic Management (3)

MKT 442 Highwire Brand Studio (4)

MKT 444H SocietyWise (4)

MKT 495 Marketing Strategy Practicum (4)

MME/ECE/CSE 448, 449 Senior Design Project (2, 1-2)

MTH 407 Mathematical Structures Through Inquiry

MTH 425 Number Theory (3)

MTH 435 Mathematical Modeling Seminar

MTH 482 Great Theorems of Mathematics (3)

MUS 453 Comparisons in the Arts (3)

MUS 475 Senior Practicum in Music Education (3)

MUS 493 Capstone Senior Recital (3)

NSG 435 Challenges in Health Care Delivery (3)

PHL 404 What is Philosophy? (3)

PHL 405 Philosophy for Children (4)

PHY 488A and 488B Research Capstone in Physics (3)

POL 419 Civil Society and Modern Politics (3)

POL 424 Transatlantic Seminar on the European Union (4)

POL 439 North American Politics: Unity and Diversity (3)

POL 459 Capstone Seminar on the American Political System (3)

POL 466 Public Policy Analysis (3)

POL 471 The International System (3)

POL 487 Individual Lives and International Politics (3)

POL 489 Conflict Management in a Divided World (3)

PSY 410 Capstone Seminar in Psychology: Multiple Determinants of Behavior (3)

PSY 490 Research Apprenticeship in Psychology (3)

REL 402 Basic Structures in the History of Religions (4)

RUS 401 St. Petersburg: History, Literature, Culture (3)

SOC 459 Sociology Capstone (3)

SOC 462 Applied Sociological Research (3)

SPA 413 Senior Seminar in Communication Disorders (3)

SPA 499B Intercultural Workshop in Speech Pathology and Audiology (3)

SPN 490 Issues in Hispanic Literature (3)

STA 475 Data Analysis Practicum (3)

THE 490 The Theatre and a Cultural Aesthetic (3)

WGS 401 The Role of Women in a Transforming Society (3)

WST 444, 445 Senior Workshop and Project (3, 2)

ZOO 400 Capstone Seminar: Contemporary Issues (3)

ZOO 419R Independent Research in Zoology (3)

ZOO 431 Winter Biology (3)

ZOO 444 Molecular Biology (3)

ZOO 452 Nerve and Muscle Physiology (4)

ZOO 453 Animal Physiological Ecology (4)

ZOO 454 Endocrinology (3)

ZOO 459/469 Methods in Neurophysiology/Neurophysiology (1, 3)

ZOO 462 Environmental Toxicology and Risk Assessment (4)

ZOO 465 Animal Behavior (4)

ZOO/BOT 467 Conservation Biology (3)

Beyond their liberal education courses, students must complete work for their major and divisional requirements, and complete additional hours for minors or electives.

Frequency of Course Offerings

Scheduling information is provided for some courses in the Courses of Instruction chapter in this Bulletin. Scheduling patterns are subject to change without notice based, usually, on student demand, faculty availability, and programmatic priorities.

Changes of Course Offerings

Students enrolled under the Miami Plan previous to the fall 2010 semester may opt to fulfill their liberal education requirements with the Global Miami Plan. Contact the divisional advising offices for details.

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