What is the Capstone Research Requirement (STSC 400)?

  • This is a requirement that all majors complete an in-depth 20+ page research paper as the “capstone” or culmination of their studies in STSC. The capstone requirement can only be fulfilled by taking STSC 400.
  • STSC 400 must be taken either in the spring of junior year or the spring of senior year (i.e., within the last three semesters before graduation).

Note for potential STSC thesis writers

  • Students considering writing an honors thesis in STSC must take STSC 400 in the spring of their junior year. In addition to writing a Capstone research paper, potential thesis writers in STSC-400 also complete a proposal for further thesis research.

Additional considerations

  • The  20+ page Capstone research paper must receive a grade of at least C- to receive capstone credit.
  • STSC 400 cannot be double-counted within the major as a foundation, departmental elective or submajor course. It is a separate requirement. 
  • The Capstone project is not the same as a "senior thesis"; rather, it is the necessary first step in completing a thesis project. Please see the Senior Thesis page for further details.