Dear Professor Kurczaba,

 

Below is an outline for the requirements for the Honors College Capstone Project. Please review this summary and the courses and processes that we have identified to assist students in meeting the requirements of the Honors College and their major.

Students entering the Honors College in Fall Semester 2006 or thereafter must complete an Honors Capstone project before graduation.  More detailed information on the capstone is posted on our website at (http://www.uic.edu/honors/learning/capstone.shtml), but the basics are below:

 

1) The Capstone is an independent, in-depth examination of a topic. It constitutes an original scholarly contribution however small to a discipline, and is discipline-specific in scope, type, and topic. It may be the most challenging project the student will complete as an undergraduate – more than a typical class project, yet certainly not a master’s thesis.

 

2) The project typically is carried out over two semesters during the student’s senior year, but students might begin work before the end of their junior year. Projects may grow from many sources, such as interests sparked in classes or from work with faculty in research, such as relationships developed through the new UIC Undergraduate Research Experience (www.ure.uic.edu).

 

3) In addition to the written component, students must present their research in a public forum outside the classroom.

 

4) The project is commensurate with the expectations of traditional departmental honors theses, and completion of a Capstone can simultaneously fulfill requirements for the department and the Honors College.

 

This last point is where the contributions of the DUGS and major advisors are vital. Many majors have a thesis, research, or design project built in, either as a requirement for all students or as an option for earning distinction or highest distinction in the major. When this is not the case, students may still be able to register for research-intensive courses or independent study or research hours that will count toward their major requirements in some way. Since you are the experts in your major programs, we depend on you to help us and our students identify the best ways to coordinate their major requirements with their capstone requirement.

 

Please verify or correct the information below and add additional information and tips as needed. We will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

 

Thank you and best wishes,

 

Elizabeth Loentz                                             Eliza Ycas

loentz@uic.edu                                               eycas@uic.edu                                  

Associate Dean, Honors College                   Assistant to the Dean, Honors College


Dear Honors College students,

 

Below you will find information on how to coordinate your capstone project with your major requirements. We have made every effort to keep this information accurate and up to date. However, you should always discuss your course choices and schedule with your major advisor to verify that you are on track to complete all of your major requirements on schedule.

 

Major name:

Russian

 

DUGS Name & Contact Information:

Alex Kurczaba

Associate Professor & Director of Undergraduate Studies

kurczaba@uic.edu

 

Major Advisor Name & Contact Information:

N/A

 

Students working on their Honors Capstone project can enroll in the following course(s):

Course number

Course Name 

Number of Hours

Required for major

Elective in major

Required to earn Departmental Honors

When to enroll

RUSS 499

Independent Study

1-4

No

No

No

Both semesters of capstone

 

Requirements for Departmental/College/Major honors:

Departmental Distinction requires a 3.50/4.00 GPA in all department lower-division courses and a 3.75/4.00 GPA in all department upper-division courses taken.

 

Department/College Presentation Options (e.g. research days):

 

Other departmental requirements or tips (Please list any major-specific information that will help us to guide students completing the capstone project. Feel free to add links to information on your website, as well.):


Dear Honors College students,

 

Below you will find information on how to coordinate your capstone project with your major requirements. We have made every effort to keep this information accurate and up to date. However, you should always discuss your course choices and schedule with your major advisor to verify that you are on track to complete all of your major requirements on schedule.

 

Major name:

Polish

 

DUGS Name & Contact Information:

Alex Kurczaba

Associate Professor & Director of Undergraduate Studies

kurczaba@uic.edu

 

Major Advisor Name & Contact Information:

N/A

 

Students working on their Honors Capstone project can enroll in the following course(s):

Course number

Course Name 

Number of Hours

Required for major

Elective in major

Required to earn Departmental Honors

When to enroll

POL 499

Independent Study

1-4

No

No

No

Both semesters of capstone

 

Requirements for Departmental/College/Major honors:

Departmental Distinction requires a 3.50/4.00 GPA in all department lower-division courses and a 3.75/4.00 GPA in all department upper-division courses taken.

 

Department/College Presentation Options (e.g. research days):

 

Other departmental requirements or tips (Please list any major-specific information that will help us to guide students completing the capstone project. Feel free to add links to information on your website, as well.):