Capstone Courses in Psychology Capstone Courses Description & Expectations



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Psychology Fall 2015

Capstone Courses in Psychology

Capstone Courses Description & Expectations:

Capstone courses are designed to bring closure to the major and provide students with the opportunity to apply and integrate the knowledge and skills they have acquired in a comprehensive and challenging course. The department offers several types of Capstones. The common expectation for the courses is that students learn independently, and synthesize material from previous psychology classes with new material presented in the Capstone courses.


Senior Seminar courses typically assign topics for students to research using scientific journal articles (instead of requiring a text). Additional assignments include writing article summaries/critiques, participation in class discussion, leading class discussion on particular articles, writing a final literature review paper, and a formal oral presentation.
In History and Systems of Psychology, a required textbook is assigned. The text serves as a foundation from which students are expected to learn from independently. In the online version of the course, students do NOT receive lectures, powerpoint slides, or study guides. While there are lectures/discussions in the face-to-face class, students are expected to come to class having already mastered the material in the textbook and prepared to discuss the concepts presented in it. Students who have difficulty comprehending the material are encouraged to make use of the library or the internet for assistance. Students are also encouraged to form study groups with classmates. Common assignments are frequent quizzes, writing assignments/brief papers, a final project, and unit exams.
Students are allowed to complete one Capstone course. If students take a Capstone and do not earn a grade of C or better, they have one more opportunity to successfully complete Capstone, either by repeating the same Capstone or taking a different Capstone course. Students completing Honors Thesis II may complete another Capstone course, if desired. No Capstone courses may be completed in the same term as Research Methods II.
Pre-Requisites for All Capstones:

  • Psychology Major

  • Senior Standing (90+credits)

  • PSYC 1101 General Psychology with a grade of C or better within two attempts

  • One STAT class (1200, 1201, or 1222) with a grade of C or better within two attempts

  • PSYC 2101 Research Methodology I with a grade of C or better within two attempts

  • PSYC 2103 Research Methodology II with a grade of C or better within two attempts

Capstone Choices are:

PSYC 4603 History and Systems

PSYC 4606 Advanced Topics

PSYC 46__ Senior Seminar

PSYC 4691 Honors Thesis II

Do I need a “W” – Writing Intensive or “O” – Oral Communication Credits??

According to the UNC at Charlotte General Education Requirements, all students must complete:



  • one “W” class worth 3 credits in the major (“writing in the discipline”)

    • Psychology majors take Research Methods II to meet this requirement

  • one “W” class worth 3 credits in OR outside the major (“writing in the discipline”)

    • Psychology majors may take “Seminar in …” (see below) to meet this requirement

    • Psychology majors may take ANY class outside of psychology designated as writing intensive

  • one “O” class worth 1 to 3 credits – this course may be in OR outside the major

    • Psychology majors may take “Seminar in …” (see below) to meet this requirement

    • Psychology majors may take ANY class outside of psychology designated as oral communication as long as course pre-requisites have been successfully completed

  • If a course is designated as both “W” and “O,” the one course can fulfill both requirements

    • For Psychology majors, “Seminar in…” fulfills one “W” and “O”

  • Associate Degrees – exempt from 1 “W” class and an “O” class

NOT “W” – Writing Intensive; OR “O” - Oral Communication




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