Capstone is the final course in Psychology, it “caps” the major. The course is offered in the Fall and Spring semesters only. It is to be taken during the last semester at the university. If there are a few classes left (usually free electives), then Capstone may be taken in Spring and graduation may occur in summer.
The overarching goals of this course are to help the student:
Reflect on and evaluate the knowledge and skills acquired while in the psychology major.
Apply all that has been learned while a psychology major to the work done in Capstone.
Prepare for what comes next: life after graduation.
To that end, course assignments will include a review of previous learning, and present an opportunity to highlight some of the skills learned in the major. Specifically, write a literature review of assigned literature. This includes finding original articles, reading, analyzing, and presenting them in an APA-style document that adheres to APA style and conventions. This literature review will then be translated into a PowerPoint presentation which will integrate a voice-over. The third set of assignments focuses on the future and includes identifying your why, creating a resume, and developing an elevator speech.
All these assignments are then integrated into an online portfolio–an ePortfolio created in Wix, that spotlights the knowledge and skills you’ve acquired while in the psychology major, and new knowledge and skills you acquire during this course.