Capstone Experience

Comparative Literature Capstone

All seniors in Comparative Literature or Comparative Arts must complete a Capstone for the major.  Four options are possible:

1) A two-course capstone cluster, at least one course of which is to be taken at the 400-level.  Students electing a capstone cluster should settle the selection of courses for the cluster by the time of registration for courses in the spring of senior year.  The student will submit a substantial paper from each course (two papers from courses in which there are no long assignments) -- a total of at least twenty pages of critical work.  The first paper should be submitted to the Undergraduate Committee in December of senior year, the second (or second and third) at the end of the student’s last semester, accompanied with a 3-5 page essay that should engage the following questions: a. How did the two courses inform each other? b. What were some of the most productive ideas that grew out of placing the two courses side by side? c. How does the paper submitted from the second course build on themes and/or approaches in the paper from the first, and what ideas for revision or extension of themes and/or approaches in the first paper were seeded by writing the second? d. What insight did the student gain into the practice of Comparative Literature as a discipline by way of the capstone process?

2) A project requiring mentored creative work in the arts to be completed by the middle of April in the spring of the student’s senior year.  Proposals for the project, approved by the project mentor, will be submitted at the time of registration for the second semester of senior year.  The option of pursuing a creative capstone will usually be limited to students in Comparative Arts.  Students wishing to pursue this option are cautioned to plan ahead, since faculty time is limited and it is sometimes difficult to find a faculty member prepared to supervise a creative capstone.

3) An internship in a field related to the student's studies that has been chosen in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies.  The student should consult regularly with the director as the internship progresses; upon completion, the student should submit a report on the internship indicating how the work was informed by the student’s studies in Comparative Literature or Comparative Arts.

4) Completion of an Honors Program (Honors by Thesis, Honors by Coursework, Honors by Project).  For Honors Programs, see here.