Every bachelor’s major at Granite State College requires an Integrative Capstone, which is an educational experience undertaken following the completion of all other courses in the major.
In practical terms the Integrative Capstone provides students an opportunity to apply the body of knowledge they’ve acquired from the major in a way that is representative of how they will be using it in the future.
The Integrative Capstone affords students a greater awareness and understanding of the larger context for their academic and career development for use and advantage in their own lives.
The Integrative Capstone Experience
Some structured GSC majors, such as Business Management or Psychology, require a course with a framework and resources, including faculty expertise, for students to develop individual integrative experiences.
Other majors require students to build a proposal for their Integrative Capstone experience framework. Students will begin by developing an integrative question.
The Integrative Question
Through discovery and evolution in thinking across program coursework and with advisor and faculty guidance, students develop one overarching question their Integrative Capstone intends to answer.
Based on the major discipline and distinct methodology, the integrative question usually directs an appropriate format for the Integrative Capstone.
All Integrative Capstone formats include required academic components including a final integrative paper.
Together with the integrative question, these elements build the student Integrative Capstone learning proposal.
Integrative Question development and Integrative Capstone planning should begin sufficiently prior to the projected Capstone term.
Integrative Capstone Formats
Evidence-Based Work Project
- Evidence-Based Best Practice with Field Interviews
If the Capstone is an Internship or a Project with field-based elements, expect planning up to two (2) terms prior to the projected Capstone registration. Resources include: Experiential.Learning@granite.edu and http://my.granite.edu/field-based-practicum-internships
Approval by Academic Affairs is required based on student’s Academic plan and history.
Integrative Capstone Planning
1. CRIT 502
2. Completion of all other program course work
3. Advisor approval
4. IF FIELD-BASED, Integrative Capstone Learning Agreement Proposal & Documents submitted through www.collegecentral.com/granite
6. Integrative Capstone Course Registration