Every bachelor’s major at Granite State College requires an Integrative Capstone, which you take following the completion of all other courses in the major.
The Integrative Capstone provides you with an opportunity to apply the body of knowledge you’ve acquired from your major in a way that is representative of how you’ll use it in the future.
The Integrative Capstone gives you a greater awareness and understanding of the larger context for your academic and career development, demonstrating how you can use and apply what you’ve learned in your own life.
Types of Capstone Courses
Some structured majors, such as business management or psychology, require a course with a framework and resources, including faculty expertise, for students to develop individual integrative experiences.
Other majors require students to build a proposal for their Integrative Capstone experience framework. Students will begin by developing an integrative question.
Your Integrative Question
The foundation to your capstone is the integrative question, which is one overarching question that your capstone intends to answer. Over the course of your studies, you’ll develop this question with the support and guidance of your advisor and faculty.
Typically, a student’s question evolves as they progress through their major and discover subject matter that seem interesting and engaging. You should plan and develop for your integrative question 2-3 terms before your capstone term.
All capstones require certain academic components, including a final integrative paper. From there, the exact format of your capstone will vary based on your major and alignment with your chosen career path.
Integrative Capstone Formats
There are four primary capstone formats at Granite State College.
- Evidence-based Work Project
- Evidence-based Best Practice with Field Interviews
To learn more about these formats, visit field-based experiential learning for details.
If you pursue an internship or an evidenced-based work project, begin your planning 2-3 terms prior to your capstone term.
Approval by Academic Affairs is required based on your academic plan and history.
Getting Started Checklist
- Take CRIT 602
- Complete all other program coursework
- Get approval from your advisor
- IF FIELD-BASED, submit your learning agreement proposal and documents through our Experiential Learning Application.
- Register for your capstone
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