Capstone Project and Proposal Guide

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All declared Communication majors must complete the Capstone course (COMM 196) before graduating. We will be offering two sections offered for Spring 2023. 

The Capstone project you produce in COMM 196 represents the culmination of your experience studying Communication with our department. It requires you to make a scholarly or creative contribution to the field of Communication Studies and should draw upon the work you have accomplished in your major courses.

To secure a place in a section of COMM 196 for Spring 2023, write up your proposal by answering the questions on our handy Capstone Project Proposal Guide about the research or creative project you plan to complete, detailing the topic, method, and theories that you will use. As we always do before the Advising Period begins, we offered a Capstone Info workshop on Wednesday, October 19. If you missed that but would like to discuss your project, Professor Veronica Hefner will host a Zoom session on Wed Oct 26, 2:00-2:30pm. Email Administrative Assistant Lori Erokan for the Zoom link: le6@stmary-ca.edu. However, you absolutely do not have to attend either session! You can write up your proposal on your own by following the prompts on the Capstone Project Proposal Guide.

If you need help focusing your interest into a proposal, you can email Communication Chair Samantha Joyce (snj2@stmarys-ca.edu). She'll be happy to help you. Then email your proposal (attached to an email as a digital copy) to Lori Erokan (le6@stmarys-ca.edu). Deadline to submit the proposal: Friday November 4, 2022.

Please note: you won't be able to register for the course by yourself. Just be sure to leave room in your Spring 2023 schedule for M/F 1:00-2:40pm. Once your proposal is approved, we will register you for the class.

*Jason Jakaitis will be advising one section of Capstone for Spring 2023 (specialty: media)

*Veronica Hefner will be advising the other section of Capstone for Spring 2023 (specialty: quantitative methods)

(However, if you have your heart set on doing a qualitative methods-based project for Spring 2023, either Jason or Veronica can advise you on that.) 

Students who plan to do a quantitative project must have completed COMM 110. Students who plan to do a qualitative project must have taken COMM 111. And students who plan on producing  a media-based project: you must have completed at least one upper division application course. For basic guidelines for producing a media-based Capstone project, see the Capstone Media Project Guide.

Questions? Please call Lori Erokan at 925-631-4048.