Capstone ExperienceThe purpose of the capstone course or sequence of courses is to provide a high impact, culminating element of an undergraduate education, helping students develop a more comprehensive and integrative understanding of their area of study and to utilize critical thinking skills. Capstone courses provide students opportunities to apply and demonstrate their knowledge and generally involve integrative /applied/experiential projects. Student learning in a capstone course is assessed using a set of identified learning outcomes, and for critical thinking, as defined by the American Association of Colleges & Universities . While each academic degree program defines its learning outcomes, a capstone course or sequence should follow these guidelines:

  • Minimum of 3 credits
  • Later in the curriculum, after a student has taken at least 85 credits, and at the 400 course level
  • No more than 35 students in the course or equivalent instructional/mentored support
  • Emphasis on experiential/applied/integrative learning
  • Allow students to apply critical thinking skills
  • Learning outcomes defined by the degree program

Required: One approved upper-division course. Please speak with an advisor to determine the appropriate course to fulfill your major’s requirement.

For the Most Current list of Approved Courses for 2018-2019, please visit the Catalog 

For questions related to submissions for new Capstone courses, please contact the Program Specialist for Undergraduate Education at masoncor@gmu.edu or 703-993-5941