Degree Requirements

Senior Capstone

  • Each student at Eugene Lang College must complete a senior capstone requirement in their major—a culminating experience that derives from previous work in a field. All students must complete a senior capstone declaration form by the third week of the semester before they plan to graduate. See Deadlines below.

    Senior Capstone Requirements

    Depending on the specific major, the Senior Capstone requirement may be satisfied with one of the following three options. Consult the chair of your area of study for program-specific guidelines:

    1.  A Senior Seminar on an advanced topic, which involves extended research and a substantial final paper/project. Examples of senior seminars include:

    • In Literature, "The Bildungsroman." Students study the nature and notion of Bildung and its fraught, multifaceted impact on the literary and intellectual evolution of modern writing.
    • In Philosophy, a thorough analysis of the work of Hannah Arendt.
    • In Culture and Media, a look at the "border" as a site of struggle between states, corporations, and individuals for control over people, money, and drugs.

    Senior seminars vary from year to year. They provide an opportunity for students to engage closely with a particular subject and to utilize the research and/or creative skills they have developed during their course of study. A prerequisite course may be required for some senior seminars, so students should refer to course descriptions for details.

    2.  An Independent Senior Project, which involves significant planning and research and results in a culminating paper or creative project. Senior projects are student-directed under the supervision of a faculty advisor. There is an extensive proposal and approval process. Deadlines are strictly enforced. See the chair of the department for guidelines and proposal submission.

    3.  A Collaborative Project, which allows students to utilize their different skills and collaborate on an issue of importance in the community or develop a larger creative project. Collaborative projects are student-directed under the supervision of a faculty advisor. There is an extensive proposal and approval process. Deadlines are strictly enforced. These projects are more common in the arts and social sciences. See the chair of the department for guidelines and proposal submission.

    Please note, not every major offers all three options for the senior capstone requirement. All seniors must speak to their department chair about satisfying the requirement. Unless approved for an exception, students must complete this requirement in their declared major. Students should contact the Chair of their area of study for specific senior capstone guidelines and the declaration form for their major.

    Schedule for Proposal Reviews and Revisions

    Please refer to the information below for important deadlines associated with the senior capstone requirement. The deadlines are firm, so please do not wait until the last minute; late submissions cannot be accepted. If you do not abide by the deadlines stated, you cannot register in an individual or collaborative project for the spring, which can delay your graduation date. Do not let this happen to you!

    Deadlines

    May Graduates
    Senior Capstone Declaration Form: Last week of September
    Preliminary Proposals: (Independent and Collaborative Projects Only): Early/Mid-October
    Final Proposals: (Independent and Collaborative Projects Only): Last week of October
    Proposal Notifications: Second week of November

    January Graduates
    Senior Capstone Declaration Form: Third week of February
    Preliminary Proposals: (Independent and Collaborative Projects Only): Early/Mid-March
    Final Proposals: (Independent and Collaborative Projects Only): Last week of March
    Proposal Notifications: Second week of April


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