AU’s Capstone requirement is a 3-credit course designed to be offered in the major. The purpose of a Capstone course is to provide students an opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions gained through coursework in the Core, coursework in the major, and other experiences at AU. 

Completing the Capstone Requirement

  •  Students satisfy the Capstone requirement by completing an appropriately designated, in-residence course with a grade of “C” or better.
  • A Capstone course may concurrently satisfy other appropriately designated AU Core, major, minor, or certificate requirements.

Click here to view a list of courses that satisfy the Capstone requirement, as well as the other requirements of the AU Core.


  1. Application 

Build on prior knowledge, skills, or dispositions in a new context. 

  1. Synthesis 

Identify and execute a significant project that addresses a substantive disciplinary or professional concern.  

  1. Reflection 

Articulate the knowledge, skills, or dispositions gained during the student’s undergraduate education or used in the project.  

Major-Designated Capstone Courses

Some Academic Programs have designated specific courses that simultaneously satisfy a major requirement and the Capstone requirement. That information is collected in the table below. If a program does not list a course, then a student may select (in consultation with their academic advisor) from any approved Capstone course.

Capstone Guidance by Academic Program
Academic Program Major Designated Capstone
Accounting (BS)
African American and African Diaspora Studies (BA)
American Studies (BA)
Anthropology (BA) ANTH-453
Applied Mathematics (BS)
Arab World Studies (BA)
Arabic Studies (BA)
Art History (BA) ARTH-400
Asian Studies (BA)
Audio Production (BA)
Audio Technology (BS)
Biochemistry (BS) CHEM-472
Biology (BS) BIO-499
Business Administration (BSBA) MGMT-458
Business and Entertainment (BS)
Business, Language & Culture Studies (BS)
Chemistry (BS) CHEM-472
Communication: Communication Studies (BA) COMM-465
Communication: Film and Media Arts (BA) COMM-402
Communication: Journalism (BA) COMM-462
Computational Science (BS)
Computer Science (BS)
Dance (BA) DNCE-470
Data Sciences for Justice, Law and Criminology (BS)
Data Sciences for Political Science (BS)
Economics (BA) ECON-478/480 or ECON-491/492
Economics (BS) ECON-478/480 or ECON-491/492
Elementary Education (BA) EDU-499
Environmental Science (BS) ENVS-492
Environmental Studies (BA) ENVS-492
Finance (BS)
Foreign Language and Communication Media (BA)
French Studies (BA)
German Studies (BA)
Global International Relations (BA)
Government (BA) Research Paper Option: GOVT-403, GOVT-405, GOVT-406, GOVT-408, GOVT-409, GOVT-423, GOVT-427, GOVT-432, GOVT-433, GOVT-440, GOVT-441, GOVT-482, GOVT-483, GOVT-489, SPA-460 or SPA-480. Portfolio Option: GOVT-443, GOVT-444 or GOVT-445. Applied-Learning Project Option: GOVT-423 or GOVT-455
Graphic Design (BA)
Health Promotion (BS) HLTH-488
History (BA) HIST-481 or HIST-482
Interdisciplinary Studies: Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government (CLEG) (BA) GOVT-489
International Studies (BA) SISU-419 or SISU-441
Jewish Studies (BA)
Justice and Law (BA) JLC-402, JLC-410, JLC-411, JLC-413, JLC-444, JLC-451, JLC-482, JLC-485, SPA-460 or SPA-480
Language and Area Studies: French/Europe (BA)
Language and Area Studies: German/Europe (BA)
Language and Area Studies: Russian/Area Studies (BA)
Language and Area Studies: Spanish/Latin America (BA)
Legal Studies (BA)
Literature (BA) LIT-480
Mathematics (BS)
Mathematics and Economics (BS)
Music (BA) PERF-446
Neuroscience (BS) NEUR-489, NEUR-492 or NEUR-493
Performing Arts: Musical Theatre (BA) PERF-445
Performing Arts: Theatre (BA) PERF-445
Philosophy (BA)
Photography (BA) [CAS/ART]
Photography (BA) [SOC]
Physics (BA) PHYS-480
Physics (BS) PHYS-480
Political Science (BA) GOVT-443, GOVT-444, GOVT-423 or GOVT-455
Psychology (BA) PSYC-488, PSYC-491 or PSYC-498 (Honors)
Public Health (BA) HLTH-480
Public Health (BS) HLTH-480
Public Relations & Strategic Communication (BA) COMM-437
Religious Studies (BA) RELG-330
Russian Studies (BA)
Secondary Education (Second Major Only) EDU-499
Sociology (BA)
Spanish Studies (BA)
Statistics (BS)
Studio Art (BA) ARTS-400
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (BA) WGSS-500