The Communication Program’s Capstone course allows graduating seniors to engage in one of two culminating experiences.

First, students can apply their knowledge and skills to benefit local a nonprofit organization by planning events, promoting issues, or working with diverse populations in need. Recent Capstone students have planned fundraising events, developed programs for at-risk youth, managed social media sites, developed life-skills training for women who have been sex-trafficked, written grants, mediated community conflicts, and conducted community-based research.

Second, students can undertake a semester-long research project that produces original knowledge in the field. Here, students are offered a mentored experience where they conceptualize, design, and carryout an entire research project from beginning to end. Undergraduate research is universally acknowledged as a high-impact learning practice, and Communication students are afforded a solid balance of guidance and autonomy in completing their research projects.