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Capstone Experience

The objectives of the capstone experience are:

  • to demonstrate one’s ability to interpret texts in one or more Slavic languages using a set of essential research tools, methodology, and a sound command of cultural knowledge;
  • to cultivate clear and logical written expression in the context of an independent project;
  • to serve as a bridge between the student's academic work and his/her direction in the professional world.

Ideally, the capstone experience will recapitulate a concentrator’s experience in Slavic Studies and help her/him identify and broaden their knowledge of a particular area of the Slavic world, which s/he would want to explore in the future or apply in their future profession.

Students can have the capstone experience in two forms:

  • writing an Honors thesis by taking SLAV199 for two semesters (refer to the Honors Thesis instructions);
  • completing a Capstone Project, which can be accomplished by satisfying any one (or a combination) of the following:
    • finishing an UTRA project with a faculty sponsor in Slavic Studies
      developing a course paper into an elaborate research paper of under the supervision of a faculty member
    • submitting a finished research project, conducted during one of our study abroad programs
    • GLISP (Global Independent Study Project) sponsored by a faculty member in Slavic Studies
    • ISP (Independent Study) under SLAV1981 (Research in a Slavic language(s))
    • organizing an undergraduate conference on Slavic topics
    • giving a paper in a scholarly conference on Slavic topics
    • publishing a journal or newspaper article related to the Slavic field
    • completing a translation project involving advanced knowledge of a Slavic language
    • organizing/assisting a Slavic language study group such as GLISP.


You will need to start laying the foundations of your capstone project in your Junior Year. This
will involve consultation with the concentration advisor and a faculty sponsor, whose interests
intersect with yours. By the end of the ADD/DROP period of your Senior Year, you will submit
a detailed proposal, and you will have the opportunity to present this to the department at a
dedicated concentrators’ presentation day towards the end of the semester.