The Master’s Capstone Project

Capstone students will:

  • Design a public and/or digital humanities project that builds on their M.A. coursework

  • Develop a bibliography and synthesis of the relevant research that informs their project
  • Apply critical and creative methods to articulate scholarly ideas in a non-traditional form for specific public and/or academic audiences

  • Connect their curricular work with their professional interests and goals

Students design their projects and conduct most of their research during the fall semester seminar, and throughout the year, they consult regularly with a faculty mentor as well as the capstone instructor and their peers. While most students build their projects using digital tools, most do not need previous technical expertise.

In practice, students have developed a wide range of projects. Here are some ideas, with links to recent capstones.

Develop a digital guide that helps readers think critically about books.
Create an online exhibit with critical commentaries.
Produce a podcast or video series (view video series #1, or video series #2).
Write a grant proposal for a project you want to develop.
Compose a creative piece or sequence in conversation with your academic interests.
Design a website with games and resources to help students understand how allusions work in literature.
Explore the poetics of the fragment form both in and outside of the lyric essay tradition.
Develop an online guide to and discussion about fiction related to domestic violence and abuse.
Develop curricula for a literature and writing seminar for incarcerated students.
Create an outreach platform for veterans to assist in building resiliency and aid in recovery after war time service.
Create a Tumblr account for amateur readers and writers of poetry who want to learn more but don’t know where to start.
The Wildness Project is a series of nine ecofeminist photo essays that each aim to destabilize the way we frame a word in relation to the environment or the non-human world.
Informed by how autistic self-advocates describe their own reading practices and inspired by the technological ingenuity of neurodivergent people, Seeing Feelingly refocuses reading pedagogy toward accessibility and reader response while building a neurodiverse community around a shared love of literature.
The goal for The Werking Body is to create a public forum for fans to express, grapple, and explore their desires as it relates to hip-hop and R&B music.
The Queer Code is a podcast that looks into the historical restrictions on showing queer characters in Hollywood films and the queer subtexts that often result from this.
Teaching Tanith Lee: The website highlights the academic value of Lee’s work, helps educators identify which of her novels and short stories are most appropriate for their needs and interests, proposes possible lesson plans, and hosts several games based on Lee’s retold fairy tales.
A Library of One’s Own” expansively democratizes the potential of a book collection through the curation of a library built around factors beyond the “points” that traditionally dictate value in the rare book field.