Capstone

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.

Capstone

  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) MGMT-458
African American and African Diaspora Studies (BA) CRGC-460
American Studies (BA) CRGC-460
Anthropology (BA) ANTH-453
Applied Mathematics (BS) MATH-413, MATH-421, MATH-465
Arab World Studies (BA) CRGC-460
Arabic Studies (BA) WLC-490
Art History (BA) ARTH-400
Asian Studies (BA) CRGC-460
Audio Production (BA)
Audio Technology (BS)
Biochemistry (BS) CHEM-472
Biology (BS) BIO-499
Business Administration (BSBA) MGMT-458
Business and Entertainment (BS) MGMT-458
Business, Language & Culture Studies (BS) MGMT-458
Chemistry (BS) CHEM-472
Communication: Communication Studies (BA) COMM-465
Communication: Film and Media Arts (BA) COMM-402, COMM-478
Communication: Journalism (BA) COMM-462
Computational Science (BS) CSC-493
Computer Science (BS) CSC-493
Dance (BA) DNCE-470
Data Science (BS) MATH-465
Data Sciences for Justice, Law and Criminology (BS) JLC-402, JLC-410, JLC-411, JLC-413, JLC-444, JLC-451, JLC-482, JLC-485
Data Sciences for Political Science (BS) GOVT-403, GOVT-405, GOVT-406, GOVT-408, GOVT-409, GOVT-423, GOVT-427, GOVT-432, GOVT-433, GOVT-440,GOVT-441, GOVT-481, GOVT-482, GOVT-483, GOVT-489, SPA-481, SPA-489, SPA-480, GOVT-443, GOVT-444, GOVT-445, GOVT-455
Economics (BA) ECON-478, ECON-480, ECON-491, ECON-492
Economics (BS) ECON-478, ECON-480, ECON-491, ECON-492
Elementary Education (BA) EDU-499
Environmental Science (BS) ENVS-492
Environmental Studies (BA) ENVS-492
Finance (BS) MGMT-458
Foreign Language and Communication Media (BA) COMM-402, COMM-437, COMM-465, COMM-478
French Studies (BA) WLC-490
German Studies (BA) WLC-490
Global International Relations (BA)
Government (BA) GOVT-403, GOVT-405, GOVT-406, GOVT-408, GOVT-409, GOVT-423, GOVT-427, GOVT-432, GOVT-433, GOVT-440,GOVT-441, GOVT-481, GOVT-482, GOVT-483, GOVT-489, SPA-481, SPA-489, SPA-480, GOVT-443, GOVT-444, GOVT-445, GOVT-455
Graphic Design (BA) GDES-420
Health Promotion (BS) HLTH-488
History (BA) HIST-481, HIST-482
Interdisciplinary Studies: Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government (CLEG) (BA) GOVT-403, GOVT-405, GOVT-406, GOVT-408, GOVT-409, GOVT-423, GOVT-427, GOVT-432, GOVT-433, GOVT-440,GOVT-441, GOVT-481, GOVT-482, GOVT-483, GOVT-489, SPA-481, SPA-489, SPA-480, GOVT-443, GOVT-444, GOVT-445, GOVT-455
International Studies (BA) SISU-419
Jewish Studies (BA)
Justice and Law (BA) JLC-402, JLC-410, JLC-411, JLC-413, JLC-444, JLC-451, JLC-482, JLC-485
K-12 Education (Second Major Only) EDU-499
Language and Area Studies: French/Europe (BA) WLC-490
Language and Area Studies: German/Europe (BA) WLC-490
Language and Area Studies: Russian/Area Studies (BA) WLC-490
Language and Area Studies: Spanish/Latin America (BA) WLC-490
Legal Studies (BA) JLC-402, JLC-410, JLC-411, JLC-413
Literature (BA) LIT-480
Mathematics (BS) MATH-413, MATH-421, MATH-465
Mathematics and Economics (BS) MATH-413, MATH-421, MATH-465
Music (BA) PERF-446
Neuroscience (BS) NEUR-489, NEUR-490
Performing Arts: Musical Theatre (BA) PERF-445
Performing Arts: Theatre (BA) PERF-445
Philosophy (BA)
Photography (BA) COMM-478
Physics (BA) PHYS-480
Physics (BS) PHYS-480
Political Science (BA) SPA-480, SPA-481, SPA-489
Psychology (BA) PSYC-488, PSYC-491, PSYC-498
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) WLC-490
Secondary Education (Second Major Only) EDU_499
Sociology (BA) SOCY-492
Spanish Studies (BA) WLC-490
Statistics (BS)
Studio Art (BA) ARTS-400
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (BA) WGSS-500, CRGC-460