Capstone Experience

(3 hours minimum)

The Capstone Experience, completed near the end of baccalaureate studies, integrates liberal learning with specialized knowledge. Each Capstone emphasizes sharing of ideas, synthesis, and critical, informed reflection as significant precursors to action, and each includes student initiative in defining and investigating problems or projects.

Capstones may be completed in or outside students' majors; in some departments, the Capstone Experience may be a requirement of the major. All Capstones presume a significant scholarly background of specialized study in a major as well as in liberal education course work. In other words, a Capstone does more than culminate years of baccalaureate study: it culminates a student's liberal education.

Ordinarily, a Capstone Experience is taken at Miami and completed in the senior year (minimum of 96 hours registered or earned). Students who plan to transfer any course to meet the Capstone requirement must obtain permission from the Office of Liberal Education before they take the course.

The Office of Liberal Education website ( provides a complete listing of Capstone Experiences. Please refer to the Courses of Instruction chapter for course descriptions of the Capstones.

Students may propose their own Senior Capstone Experience. See the Office of Liberal Education website ( for details.

Capstone Experience Courses

ACC 495/ACC 595Accounting Analysis3
ACC 695Integrative Accounting Capstone3
AES 432National Security/Leadership Responsibilities/Commissioning Preparation3
AMS 401Senior Capstone in American Studies4
APC 401Applied Communication Capstone3
ARC 402CSenior Studio Capstone Experience6
ARC 408Interior Design Studio6
ARC 426/ARC 526Architecture and Society3
ART 419Supervised Student Teaching in Art15
ART 452Communication Design Studio 3: Degree Project3
ART 453Highwire Brand Studio 14
ART 492Professional Artist's Portfolio and Exhibition Experience3
ART 493Professional Dispositions in Art Education3
ART 498History and Methods in Art and Architectural History3
ASO 401Applied Social Research Capstone3
ATH 421/ATH 521Senior Seminar in Anthropology3
ATH 426Field Research4-6
ATH 448Developing Solutions in Global Health3
BIS 401Senior Integrative Seminar3
BLS 465Ethics, Law, & Business3
BIO 422/BIO 522Evolutionary and Population Genetics4
BIO 400Capstone Seminar: Contemporary Issues in Biology3
BIO 419RIndependent Research Capstone3
BIO 435/BIO 535Winter Biology3
BIO 444/BIO 544Molecular Biology3
BIO 467/BIO 567Conservation Biology3
BIO 451/BIO 551Conservation Education and Community Engagement3
BIO 452/BIO 552Nerve and Muscle Physiology4
BIO 453/BIO 553Animal Physiological Ecology4
BIO 454/BIO 554Endocrinology3
BIO 465/BIO 565Animal Behavior4
BIO 469/BIO 569Neurophysiology3
BIO 490Botany Capstone Seminar1
BIO 477Independent Studies 22
BIO 496Biodiversity of Kenya6
BIO 498/BIO 598Evolution of Human Behavior3
BSC 415Approaches to Problem Solving and Research in Applied Biology Capstone3
BSC 416Applications of Biotechnology to Human Health: Concepts and Issues3
BSC 475Capstone in Environmental Biology3
BWS/WGS 432Feminism and the Diaspora: U.S. Women of Color3
BWS/DST/SJS/SOC 470Social/Political Activism3
CEC 488Senior Design-Special Projects4
CHM 491Chemistry in Societal Issues3
CHM 492Independent Research Capstone in Chemistry3
CIT 457IT Project Lifecycle I: Requirements and Design3
CIT 458IT Project Lifecycle II: Implementation and Deployment4
CIT 468Health Information Technology Project Lifecycle4
CJS 485Capstone: Seminar in Criminal Justice3
CLS 401The Age of Pericles3
CLS 402The Age of Augustus3
CMA 401Capstone in Community Arts3
CMR 495Strategic Management for Commerce3
CPB 471
CPB 472
Engineering Design I
and Engineering Design II
CSE 448
CSE 449
Senior Design Project
and Senior Design Project
DST/ENG 494/EDP 489Disability in Global and Local Contexts3
ECE 448
ECE 449
Senior Design Project
and Senior Design Project
ECO 405Economics of Strategy3
EDP 460Action Research/Problem-Based Seminar in Exceptional Education/Developmental Differences3
EDP 456/EDP 556Advanced Seminar in Evaluation with Evidence-Based Interventions3
EDP 471/EDP 571Literacy Seminar: Clinical3
EDT 422Studies in Educational Issues3
EDT 495Writing Information Books for Children3
EDT 455Capstone Seminar: Comparative Education in Europe or China4
EGS 495Capstone in English Studies3
ENG 405Advanced Linguistics: The Research Program of Noam Chomsky3
ENG 406Capstone in Linguistics3
ENG 415Capstone in Professional Writing3
ENG 460Issues in Creative Writing3
ENG 495Capstone in Literature3
ENT 497
ENT 498
Senior Design Project
and Senior Design Project
ESP 401/ESP 501Entrepreneurship: New Ventures3
ESP 461Entrepreneurial Consulting3
FIN 485Integrative Concepts in Finance3
FRE 410Senior Seminar3
FST 401Seminar in Film Study3
FSW 418/FSW 518The Family Life Education Process3
FSW/SOC/WGS 451Family Violence3
FSW 462/FSW 562Family Policy and Law3
GEO 491Geography and Sustainable Development Research Seminar4
GEO 493Urban Field Experience3
GER 471Linguistic Perspectives on Contemporary German3
GLG 411A/511AField Geology6
GLG 497Trends and Topics in the Geosciences3
GTY 440Gerontology Capstone Internship1-16
HST 400Senior Capstone in History3
IMS 440/IMS 540Interactive Media Studies Practicum4
IMS 452Senior Degree Project3
IMS 488Game Preproduction3
IMS 489Game Production6
ISA 495Managing the Intelligent Enterprise3
ITS 402Senior Capstone in International Studies3
JRN 421Capstone in Journalism3
JRN 415Capstone in Television Journalism4
KNH 402Critical Reflection on Practices in Health and Physical Culture3
KNH 495Practicum in Sport Leadership and Management3
LAS 410Current Latin American Issues3
LST 402Capstone in Liberal Studies3
MAC 414Capstone Pictures: Project in Digital Narrative Film Production4
MAC 445Electronic Media Policy and Regulation3
MAC 447Mass Media Criticism3
MBI 410
MBI 490
Senior Internship
and Undergraduate Seminar
MBI 440
MBI 490
Research Problems
and Undergraduate Seminar
MBI 461Human Disease and Epidemiology3
MBI 477
MBI 490
Independent Studies
and Undergraduate Seminar
MBI 480
MBI 490
Departmental Honors
and Undergraduate Seminar
MBI 487Medical Laboratory Science Practicum8
MBI 490Undergraduate Seminar1
MBI 488Medical Laboratory Science Practicum12
MBI 489Medical Laboratory Science Practicum12
MGT 495Executive Decision Making and Strategy3
MKT 442Highwire Brand Studio4-8
MKT 495Strategy Works4
MME 448
MME 449
Senior Design Project
and Senior Design Project
MTH 407/MTH 507Mathematical Structures Through Inquiry3
MTH 425/MTH 525Number Theory3
MTH 435/MTH 535Mathematical Modeling Seminar3
MTH 482Great Theorems of Mathematics3
MUS 406Advanced Analysis3
MUS 460/MUS 560Methodologies in Ethnomusicology3
MUS 475Senior Practicum in Music Education3
MUS 493Capstone/Senior Recital: Preparation and Performance3
NCS 401Capstone in Nonprofit and Community Studies3
NSC 402Leadership and Ethics3
NSG 435Challenges in Health Care Delivery3
PHL 404What is Philosophy?3
PHY 488A
PHY 488B
Research Capstone in Physics
and Research Capstone in Physics
POL 411/POL 511American Political Thought3
POL 419/POL 519Civil Society and Modern Politics3
POL 423/POL 523European Union: Politics and Policies3
POL 459/POL 559Capstone Seminar on the American Political System3
POL 466/POL 566Public Policy Analysis3
POL 471/POL 571The International System3
POL 487Individual Lives and International Politics3
POL 489/POL 589Conflict Management in a Divided World3
PSS 401Capstone in Psychological Science3
PSY 410Capstone Seminar in Psychology: The Multiple Determinants of Behavior3
PSY 490Capstone Experience in Psychology: Research Apprenticeship in Psychology3
REL 402Basic Structures in the History of Religions3
REL 430Early Christian Literature and Religion4
SOC 459Sociology Capstone3
SOC 462Applied Sociological Research3
SPA 413Senior Seminar in Communication Disorders3
SPN 490Issues in Hispanic Literature, Linguistics, or Culture3
STA 475Data Analysis Practicum3
STC 459Advanced Public Relations3
THE 481/THE 581Integrating Performance, Theory and Practice3
WGS 401The Role of Women in a Transforming Society3
WGS 432Feminism and the Diaspora: U.S. Women of Color3
WST 444Senior Workshop and Project3
WGS 451/WGS 551Family Violence3

Beyond their liberal education courses, students must complete work for their major and divisional requirements, and complete additional hours for minors or electives.

Frequency of Course Offerings

Scheduling information is provided for some courses in the Courses of Instruction chapter in this Bulletin. Scheduling patterns are subject to change without notice based, usually, on student demand, faculty availability, and programmatic priorities.

Changes of Course Offerings

Students enrolled under the Miami Plan previous to the fall 2015 semester may opt to fulfill their liberal education requirements with the revised Global Miami Plan. Contact the divisional advising offices for details.