Hey EMU members:
So in the meetings for the Undergrad Studies Committee, we’ve ben trying to hash out what the new Capstone system will look like. Associate Dean Ted Tarkow gave a November deadline for deciding this, and we highly doubt we’ll meet that deadline, so chances are things will remain the same this year and the changes will go into effect next year.
Anyway, we want your input. I’ve listed some of the options we’ve discussed below, and I’d greatly appreciate any input. You can comment on one option or more, or all if you’re really ambitious. You can even borrow my “hell yes, yes, meh, no, hell no” grading system if you’d like, and rate the options accordingly.
What the Capstone may look like options:
- English keeps the capstone as it is (where students sign up for one of a few designated capstone courses on specific topics)
- Any 4000 course counts as a capstone whatever its content
- A larger number of 4000 courses count as capstones, each with research component
- Students can designate a “capstone by contract” (like honors by contract)
- making the 4000-level creative writing workshops (1 in each genre) capstones
Also some questions to consider:
- If you were taking a course as a capstone, would it make a difference to
your learning experience if most of the members of the course were not
taking it as a capstone (thus not a group experience of the same kind)?
- What matters more, the quality/intensity of the capstone experience, or the
convenience of being able to choose from a wider variety of capstone
- Do you think it is important for all English majors to write a research
paper before they graduate?
- If we were to broaden the capstone options, what type of courses do you think would work best as capstones:
- period or movement studies (i.e. Romanticism, Modernism, etc)
- major author studies
- genre studies
- ethnic literature
- women’s literature
- or some other kind
Your input is much appreciated! You can either comment on here or email me, Jaclyn Herr, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!