The Capstone Project serves as the last course in the certificate program. In this instructor-supervised independent study, students design, implement and evaluate a community-based program in which they demonstrate their ability to apply their content knowledge to a community of practice.
1791 Delegates, the public charity behind ReligionAndPublicLife.org, adapted their definition of a capstone project based on the Glossary of Education Reform. A capstone project is a multifaceted assignment that serves as a culminating academic and intellectual experience. A capstone project may take a wide variety of forms, such as an investigative project that culminates in a final product, presentation, or performance. For example, students select a topic, profession, or social problem based on the broad theme of religion and public life.
Learners are required to conduct research on the subject, maintain a portfolio of findings or results, create a final product demonstrating student learning acquisition or conclusions.
The capstone may take the form of a research paper with interviews, a multimedia presentation, or a community workshop. During a live videoconference, the student presents their work to the instructor and their peers. Capstone projects encourage students to think critically and solve challenging problems. The purpose is to develop professional skills such as oral communication, public speaking, research skills, media literacy, teamwork, planning, self-sufficiency, or goal setting.
Faculty will give special attention to skills that prepare students to effectively serve their community as religiously literate and legally literate leaders. In most cases, the projects are also interdisciplinary, in the sense that they require students to apply skills or investigate issues across a wide array of subject areas or domains of knowledge.