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Capstone

Capstone Requirement

To graduate with the designation of “SAS Honors Scholar” an SAS Honors Program student must complete a set of requirements, one of which is the Capstone. The Capstone Requirement can be satisfied by one of the options below.
For all options, work completed to satisfy the Capstone Requirement:

  • Must be carried out over two semesters, and must total a minimum of 6 credits (3 credits per semester). Six credits completed in one semester is not permitted.
  • Must involve a substantial, sustained, and original writing/research component
  • Must include a bibliography of the relevant scholarly literature
  • Must be supervised by an approved faculty advisor

All SASHP students are required to submit the online SAS Honors Program Capstone Requirement Form, due on September 1. For the form, go to https://secure.sas.rutgers.edu/apps/honorscap/.

Note: Submission of the SAS Honors Program Capstone Requirement Form is required in addition to any paperwork required by a department or program for each of the options below.

Students are encouraged to begin thinking about plans for the Capstone no later than spring of the Junior year. A good preparation for the Capstone is Introduction to the Thesis, a 1-credit course (01:090:391, 392). This course can be taken in either semester of the Junior year.

Approved Options

Option A: Completion of a senior honors thesis through Departmental Honors within the major department – for information, go to http://nb.rutgers.edu/academics/academic-departments-programs.
Note: the departmental honors programs of some departments – e.g., Computer Science, Economics, Philosophy– offer variations on a standard thesis that are important to understand; please review the information on those department websites, and then contact your Honors Program dean for further discussion.

Option B: Completion of the SAS Interdisciplinary Honors Thesis – for information, go to http://sasundergrad.rutgers.edu/academics/additional-academic-programs/thesis-programs.

Option C: Completion of two graduate level courses in the same department or program; requires prior permission of instructor and approval of department graduate director, and clearance by an Honors Program dean. Students must submit the Graduate Request Form available at: http://sasundergrad.rutgers.edu/forms/graduate-course-request to the SAS Office of Academic Services. See note below regarding completion of scholarly report.

Option D: Completion of two graduate level courses offered in professional tracks such as five-year programs of the Graduate School of Education, or the seven-year BA/MD; these courses must be taken in consecutive semesters. See note below regarding completion of scholarly report.

Option E: Completion of a two-semester professional, certificate, or service learning experience, field placement, or internship under the supervision of a sponsoring department or academic unit. Only coursework completed through approved programs run by academic departments and university centers, bureaus, and institutes will be recognized. The total credits earned must be at least 6. Students must download and submit the Capstone Option E Proposal Form to the SAS Honors Main Office for approval.  See note below regarding completion of scholarly report.

Examples (non-exhaustive and for illustration only) of programs and departments which offer possible experiences that would satisfy Option E are the School of Social Work, the Institute for Women’s Leadership, The Collaborative (Civic Engagement and Service Education Partnerships), the Eagleton Institute of Politics, and History Public/General History Internships.

Note: A student completing Options C, D, or E must write a scholarly analytic report (20-25 pages) about the work in the two courses or experience in the program. The statement should include the following:

  • An explanation of the choice to complete the Capstone Requirement using Options C, D, or E (as opposed to writing a Departmental or Interdisciplinary Honors Thesis);
  • A statement about the focus (or foci) of the work;
  • A bibliography and survey of the scholarly literature pertaining to the coursework or experience
  • An analysis of the "outcomes" of the work completed, including data sets; results, and knowledge gained; and
  • Answers to the following questions:
    • How did work in the two courses or experience in the program enhance/enrich the student’s undergraduate studies?
    • What were the key issues or scholarly challenges that the student mastered as a result of taking the two courses or as a result of participation in the program

The report will be due at the end of the semester in which the student completes the second course or completes the program, and will be reviewed by the student’s faculty advisor. In all cases, students pursuing capstone work should be in touch early with their SAS Honors Deans for detailed advising regarding options and requirements.

*Funding is available in support of research through the Aresty Research Center for Undergraduates.


Please note that all SAS students who are completing a department-based honors thesis or an SAS Interdisciplinary Honors Thesis will be designated as SAS Paul Robeson Scholars. SAS Paul Robeson Scholars will be eligible for extended library borrowing privileges and for nomination for consideration for a Henry Rutgers Thesis Award.

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