Capstone Project Preparation: A Research and Writing Seminar in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Winter 2017 quarter

Taught by

classics, archaeology
  • UG

A capstone project is a powerful representation and consolidation of one main focus of your undergraduate work. Such a project can become a representation of your work for graduate school, job applications, and/or prepare you for additional advanced work in your chosen field of study. It may also help you apply for grants and fellowships, and attune you to the kind of work you are likely to encounter if you pursue a Master’s degree or Ph.D. 

If you are planning to pursue a significant research project in the humanities and related social sciences, including history, classics, literature, cultural studies, or anthropology, this program will help you begin this work. You will learn how to review relevant literature in your field, design a central argument, organize and present data effectively, and how to adapt your writing for a specific audience. Students will work in thematically organized groups on each other's work as well as collect faculty feedback. Peer review is an important part of scholarly work, and will be emphasized throughout the process. We will also share a set of common readings that explore how academic knowledge is produced, disseminated, and evaluated.

During the course of the quarter you will write weekly reading summaries and read commonly assigned seminar texts, some of which will be chosen by students. We will also take day trips to the UW library for their more comprehensive journal holdings. In addition, students will be expected to attend at least two academic lectures at Evergreen or a neighbor institution and write brief reports on them. We may also search for professional conferences or publication outlets. Finally, in occasional guest lectures, you will meet Evergreen faculty actively pursuing their own research, who may be future ILC sponsors. By the end of the quarter, you will have developed a research plan, prospectus, and bibliography that you can then execute in a subsequent quarter as an ILC, or save for graduate school.

Program Details

Fields of Study

anthropology art history classics cultural studies gender and women's studies history literature sociology writing

Preparatory For

the humanities and social sciences.


Winter Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered


Advertised Schedule

First class meeting: Monday, January 9th at 1pm (Sem II E2019)

Online Learning

Hybrid Online Learning < 25% Delivered Online


$50 for conference registration.


2016-12-29New winter opportunity added.