SKIDMORE COLLEGE HONORS FORUM
PROPOSAL FOR THE SENIOR CAPSTONE REQUIREMENT
Skidmore College is a small, highly selective liberal arts college that fosters academic inquiry and creative thought and expression. Your Senior Capstone should reflect these goals. Though each student will likely undertake a substantial, culminating project for the major (e.g. thesis, research report, performance, exhibit, etc.), our goal is to encourage students to take ownership of their academic education in their capstone work for Honors Forum. Whether working alongside faculty on research projects in labs, at field sites, in libraries, and in studios, students will shape the curriculum with which they engage. In planning and writing your proposal, which must include a public presentation, reflect meaningfully on your academic career.
After deciding the nature of the capstone experience, write a thorough description of the Honors Capstone and submit it for approval to the Honors Forum Director before the semester in which the project will occur (or very near the beginning of the semester). Make sure to explain the project clearly for a reader outside your discipline, noting what kinds of work you will be doing (e.g. thesis, exhibition, research, presentation) as well as how this project builds upon your course work and capstone in your major(s) and serves as a culmination of your academic career as a member of the Honors Forum.
The Honors Forum Director will review the capstone proposals (in some cases with the aid of the Honors Council) and may ask for revision for further clarification. You will receive notification if your project is approved, and results will be forwarded to the Office of the Registrar.