Capstone Course Proposal

This type of request is handled by the Academic Curriculum Committee


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1. Complete this form by filling in the appropriate information.
2. Submit this form by the following deadlines:

If course is scheduled to take effect in Spring or Summer the deadline is  September 1of the year before (For Example: Spring 2015 revisions must be submitted by 9/1/2014)

If course is scheduled to take effect in Fall the deadline is December 1 of the year before revision is to take effect (For Example: Fall 2014 revisions must be submitted by 12/1/2013)

THE ACADEMIC CURRICULUM COMMITTEE CANNOT GUARANTEE TIMELY REVIEW OF ACADEMIC PROPOSALS RECEIVED AFTER THE DEADLINES.  FURTHER, IT IS THE POLICY OF THE CURRICULUM COMMITTEE TO GIVE PRIORITY TO PROPOSALS THAT ARE THE RESULT OF PROGRAM REVIEW.

I.   Basic course information





Is this a NEW course?

If this is NOT a new course, please skip to question 6.
If this IS a new course, please complete the following questions. 


b. Frequency course will be offered:

c. Will reassignment of currenty faculty cover this course?

If not, please send your departmental or program staffing plan, clearly indicating the increased personnel costs.  The plan must be approved by the Academic Dean.




Any costs requiring increased budget lines must be pre-approved by the Associate Dean for Academic Budget and Planning or the Academic Dean.  If applicable, please send statements of approval.





9. Are there any prerequisites for this course?

10. Will adding this capstone course change the requirements for your major?

If you answered yes, you must also fill out a "Proposal for revision of major or minor requirements" form.  This is available on the Common Curriculum website.

II.   Learning goals and general course description for the capstone requirements in the common curriculum

In order to complete a major, every student must meet the capstone requirment described by the department or program responsible for the major.  The course or courses constituting the capstone must be taken at CSB/SJU - that is, the requirement cannot be met by work that has been accepted by the institution as transfer credit.

The capstone requirement for each major will meet the learning goals and general course description given below.

Learning Goals:

  1. Students will demonstrate appropriate ability to work independently in their major discipline.
  2. Students will demonstrate appropriate ability to integrate a variety of resources and learning from their major and, when appropriate, from across their undergraduate studies.
  3. Students will demonstrate appropriate ability to present and discuss their work.

General Course description:

Each major program will develop its own capstone experience, using the following criteria for guidance:

  1. The capstone should ordinarily be avilable only to senior majors.
  2. The capstone will require a minimum of two credits, at the 300-level.
  3. Departments will describe in detail how their capstone will fulfill the learning goals within the context of their own disciplines and in ways appropriate to senior undergraduates.
  4. Programs may provide multiple options for satisfying the capstone requirement.
  5. Students with double majors ordinarily will complete the capstone in each major.  With the approval in advance of both departments, a student may complete a single capstone that integrates both majors rather than a separate capstone in each major.

III. Questions regarding Capstone learning goals

Each of the following questions is designed to help the Committee understand how the Capstone learning goals will be met in your course:
Please be as specific as possible in your responses.  Examples are especially helpful.


2. Capstone courses require students to "demonstrate appropriate ability to integrate a variety of resources and learning from their major and, when appropriate, from across their undergraduate studies."