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Capstone Project Options
EN 591 Internship (1-6 cr.)
Sometimes an appropriate form for a student’s final project is an internship or practical experience. Students who complete an internship as their capstone project must work with a faculty supervisor or a site supervisor on a defined project approved by the thesis selection committee that meets objectives suitable to the student’s ability and goals. The prospectus for an internship should be three to five pages long and include objectives, nature of activities, a description of the site and the participants. The project will include 50 practical hours for each hour of academic credit, a concluding report of 35-40 pages, which must include the original prospectus, the data and materials generated, samples of writing produced, as well as conclusions on the effectiveness of the project.
EN 592 Portfolio Development Project (1-3 cr.)
In some instances, a long thesis, research project or internship may not be the best capstone alternative for particular students, such as current teachers, technical writers, administrators or students pursuing a dual concentration. Such students might benefit more from additional course work and a portfolio development project. EN 592 Portfolio Project requires revisions of at least one critical paper and one paper in the student’s concentration. The portfolio must be a minimum of 20 pages, or 15 pages per credit hour for 2-3 credit hours. Papers may be new works or revisions of previously written papers. Each student, however, will be expected to work with a faculty director to revise, update and prepare the materials for his or her portfolio.
EN 599 Thesis (1-8 cr.)
This option requires a thesis chair and a reader. A three- to five-page prospectus is submitted to the thesis selection committee for literary analysis, creative writing (poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction or drama), technical writing and research projects. Creative poetry theses will be a minimum of 25 pages and all other theses must be a minimum of 40 pages.