We have an official description, of course, but that doesn’t really give a sense of what’s going on here.
We’re trying something new at Macaulay, something that no other program (to our knowledge) has tried in this way. We want to reimagine what a “capstone” project can really be. In a world of Open Educational Resources, of new paradigms for research, scholarship and education, the idea of a final honors project which is final, conclusive–a “cap”–is often too limiting.
We see Macaulay students doing work that can’t be captured or capped. It’s a place to jump off from, a commencement, rather than a conclusion.