At least one course in a student's program must include a capstone experience in
that it widely integrates knowledge and skills from either the student's overall
program or the student's major program.
Students graduating from Randolph-Macon College should possess more than simply
discrete bits of information and a disjointed set of skills. Educated persons both
achieve a depth of understanding in one or more subject areas and see connections
and relationships among various disciplines and types of knowledge. By participating
in the capstone experience, each student should draw together principles from various
courses of study and should examine a topic or tackle a project of special interest
using skills and abilities acquired from several courses. Students will emerge from
the capstone with a more coherent understanding of their educational experience,
a better understanding of their own intellectual growth, and with the tools needed
by educated people to be competent lifetime learners.
The goal of the capstone is to provide a culminating experience in which students
will widely integrate, extend, critique, and apply knowledge and skills from either
the student's overall program or the student's major program.
The capstone will be designed and implemented within existing major departments
and programs and, to the extent practical, minor programs. Departments may wish
to consider working with other departments to develop and implement an appropriate
multidisciplinary capstone. The capstone should:
Any culminating experience that a department or program wishes to designate as a
capstone shall be acceptable, provided that it addresses at least two of the objectives
listed above and that it occurs in the student's senior year, unless the capstone
includes an off-campus component, in which case the capstone should culminate in
the student's senior year.