Bachelor Degree / Capstone Course

A capstone course is required of all bachelor degree candidates. The CCE Capstone is a multi-disciplinary independent study designed by the student, approved by an Academic Counselor, and completed under the supervision and guidance of an Assumption College faculty member. The purpose of the Capstone is to create an opportunity for bachelor degree candidates to make connections between the variety of disciplines that are part of their liberal arts or business administration degree program.

The CCE Capstone may include an academic or career portfolio, research papers, projects or presentations, publications, journals, films or plays, etc., and should be equivalent to a three-credit upper-level college course in scope and content. Some interaction between the student and supervising faculty is to be expected, and adequate time must be invested in the planning stages. Students should approach the CCE Capstone thoughtfully. It is strongly recommended that students plan a full semester ahead of the scheduled start date, to allow for full development and faculty input in the planning stages. Students who have completed a minimum of 105 credits are eligible for the CCE Capstone and are required to submit a formal proposal (CCE Capstone Application) to their Academic Counselor for approval no later than one week prior to the start of the semester in which it will be completed.

Example
A student whose concentration within the Bachelor of Arts in Humanities is English might create a capstone that combines literature with another area of interest, such as paralegal studies, and might want to focus on works of literature and films that depict the practice of law in some way. The student might work with a faculty member from English or Paralegal Studies, someone who shares this interest and is willing to provide guidance and evaluation of the work. The English/Paralegal Studies Capstone might have a bibliography that would include works such as The Merchant of Venice, To Kill a Mockingbird, Inherit the Wind, A Few Good Men, and The Brothers Karamazov, to name just a few sources of inspiration. It might end up being a short story or novel, suitable for publication, written by the student about a particular legal issue or case study. The student might compare and contrast fictional representations of courtrooms and trials with actual cases, and try to determine whether art imitates life, or life imitates art, with examples drawn from extensive readings and interviews.