The Senior Capstone Experience (SCE) is an intensive research project on a topic of the student’s choice, researched and completed in close consultation with a faculty advisor.
Successful capstones demonstrate extensive research, critical thinking, careful analysis, and clear and effective writing. There are no set length requirements, but most capstones are at least 50 pages long.
Before senior year
During the spring semester of your junior year, you’ll attend a SCE info session to find out more about the process. Capstones are most useful when they are aligned with your career goals, so you are encouraged to reflect on what career or business area you are most interested in preparing yourself for, and to consult with your professors and your advisor about your ideas.
For instance, your capstone research might include interviews with professionals in a particular industry or business area. Why not view those interviews as networking opportunities, stepping-stones to a job offer?
Three capstone tracks
There are three SCE tracks available.
The most popular track. You’ll do an intensive strategic analysis of a publicly traded firm, drawing on recent information about the firm’s operations, decisions, and bottom line. You’ll study the firm and its competitive environment. You’ll analyze a lot of data, come up with a solid understanding of the firm’s strategic situation, and write this up in clear, effective prose.
Business Plan Capstone
A great choice for students who wish to start a business. You’ll work closely with a faculty advisor on developing your own business plan, doing all the research necessary on market opportunities, financing options, operations, and more.
Special Topic Capstone
If you’ve got a special interest in a particular area like leadership, information systems, or marketing, a special-topic capstone lets you do independent research, closely supervised by a faculty advisor, in that area.
Students pursuing double majors are encouraged to write integrated Capstones for both majors. This requires planning beginning in the junior year. When faced with timelines from two departments, students should expect earlier ones to take precedence. Double majors can only earn four total SCE credits, even if they write two Capstones.
Credit and grading
While completing their capstone projects, seniors are enrolled in the 4-credit Senior Capstone Experience (BUS SCE) course, usually during the spring semester. The Capstone receives a mark of Pass, Fail, or Honors. Refer to the SCE Guidelines document for more specific information on grading/evaluation.