LIBST 400: Capstone in Liberal Studies (1 unit)

Spring 2019 course schedule

Course Description

Capstone in Liberal Studies provides a culminating experience for Liberal Studies majors. Students will evaluate their progress toward meeting their own educational and professional goals by assembling a portfolio of artifacts and by writing a reflective essay in which they demonstrate mastery of the program’s student learning objectives. Prerequisites: Liberal Studies Major & Senior Status

Course Notes (From WINS)

This class will be taught online using Canvas, and students will gain access to the Canvas classroom at the beginning of the term. As part of the course’s discussion requirements, students will need to record and post videos of themselves. Tuesdays and Thursdays will be considered in-class/discussion days. Since this is an online course, students will be required to pay an additional fee of $50.

Liberal Studies Program Student Learning Outcomes (LIBST SLOs)

By the end of their Liberal Studies program, students will be able to:

  • SLO 1: Think critically, integrate and synthesize knowledge from diverse perspectives and evaluate complex information
  • SLO2: Make informed ethical and value judgments
  • SLO3: Understand and explain the value of a liberal education
  • SLO4: Apply the concepts and methodologies of the liberal arts to understand issues in society and in one’s own life
  • SLO5: Communicate effectively in written form
  • SLO6: Effectively utilize intellectual and practical skills– including analytical skills, research methods, and/or computer skills
  • SLO 7: Effectively utilize expression skills– including communicating creatively, orally, or in a language other than English
  • SLO8: Demonstrate a base of knowledge from various disciplines– including arts & humanities, social sciences, and physical sciences
  • SLO9: Demonstrate a base of knowledge about cultures within North America & Europe
  • SLO10: Demonstrate a base of knowledge about cultures outside North America & Europe

-adopted by Philosophy & Religious Studies Department in Fall 2015

Course Specific Student Learning Outcomes (Course SLOs)

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Reflect on their progress toward the goals of the liberal studies program.
  • Talk about the value of their education.
  • Synthesize various elements/topics/skills from their diverse course work.
  • Demonstrate some element of all 10 liberal studies SLOs.
  • Edit & maintain a professional website that includes a résumé and evidence of learning LIBST SLOs, as listed above.

-adopted by Dr. Tracy Hawkins, Summer 2016

Required Texts

  1. All course readings will be available on Canvas.

Important Information

Course Assignments

Course grades are calculated based off a total of 1500 possible points, and grades are not weighted beyond their point values.

To pass the course, you must earn at least 900 points.


The material on the Liberal Studies course pages was developed by Tracy Hawkins for the liberal Studies Program.  It is used with permission.

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