Senior Capstone Experience
The Senior Capstone Experience is an independent research project, on a topic of the student’s choosing, undertaken with the close guidance of a faculty thesis advisor.
Each student defines a problem or question he or she is interested in investigating and then utilizes a wide range of knowledge and skills gained from previous coursework to answer that question through the completion of a senior thesis.
Students begin to develop a research topic and proposal in their Research Methods in Sociology course (SOC 306), typically taken in the second semester of their junior year.
Work on the Capstone is also supported by some of the work of two courses, SOC 491-492: Senior Seminar, taken in the two semesters of the senior year. Students meet regularly with their faculty advisors as well as fellow students in the senior seminar to discuss their research and writing processes. The year concludes with a formal presentation of the completed research. The Capstone is graded by the department faculty as Honors, Pass, or Fail and Honors level projects are published on the Miller Library’s web site.
"The Effect of Gender on Animal Product Consumption Opinions and Behaviors,"by Kelsey McNaul ' 19
"Photography Through the Social Lens: A Case of East Baltimore and Gentrification," by Danielle Lynch '19
"The Modern Athena: Full Gender Inclusion of the United States Military," a documentary film by Jack Butler '16
Student Conference Presentations
Regional conferences, like the Eastern Sociological Society, are an excellent opportunity for students to share their outstanding Senior Capstone research.
“Attending and presenting my research at two sociology conferences has given me the opportunity to discuss my research with many experienced sociologists. These conversations have gotten me to think critically about my own work as well as about the real world impact that my research can have.”
- Sarah Kraus, ’17