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. Depending on the specific major, this requirement may be satisfied with one of the following three options:
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.
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.
Please note, not every major offers all three options for the senior capstone requirement. All seniors must indicate how the requirement will be satisfied by submitting a declaration form (even if a particular major only has a single option), available in the Academic Advising Office. Unless approved for an exception, students must complete this requirement in their declared major.
In most cases, students receive a total of four credits toward graduation, and the requirement can be fulfilled in either fall or spring semester of senior year. Questions should be directed to the department chair and/or Leah Weich, Senior Class Advisor.
Declaration Deadlines—All Seniors
May Graduates September 20 (preceding fall semester)
January Graduates February 10 (preceding spring semester)
Proposal Deadlines—Individual and Collaborative Projects Only
May Graduates October 30 (preceding fall semester)
January Graduates March 15 (preceding spring semester)
Submission Deadlines—Individual and Collaborative Projects Only
May Graduates May 10
January Graduates December 15
All students should schedule an appointment with the senior class advisor at least two semesters prior to graduation. The purpose of the appointment is to review your academic progress and ensure all degree requirements are satisfied by graduation. The transcript is reviewed for general education and area of study requirements in addition to residency requirements. In particular, all students must complete the following:
- A minimum 120 total credits toward the degree, with at least 90 credits in liberal arts
- A minimum 88 credits in residence at Lang (prorated for transfer students)
- Writing the Essay 1 and 2 or equivalent transfer credit)
- All requirements for a declared area of study, including the Senior Capstone
If you received transfer and/or examination credits, confirm all credits have been awarded by reviewing your unofficial transcript in Self Service. If you notice any discrepancies in the transcript, please contact Leah Weich for assistance resolving the problem.