All AMCS majors complete a research-based Capstone Project during their senior year in which they explore a topic in American culture, drawing upon previous coursework and their experiences in AMCS 375A: American Culture: Methods and Visions (taken Junior year). The Capstone serves as an opportunity to extend and deepen cultural knowledge; to achieve a fuller understanding of the complex interplay of ideas, texts, values, discourses, etc. at work in a given cultural moment; and to develop vital research and project management skills. As the name suggests, the capstone is the culmination of work done in the program!
While many Capstones take the form of traditional research papers, we welcome projects that incorporate creative / multi-media elements, such as websites, blogs, films, non-fiction essays, ethnographies, photo essays, original artworks, museum exhibits, and so on.