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.