If you have a passionate interest in a particular subject, have proved yourself intellectually engaged and self-motivated (and reliable about deadlines), you will have the opportunity to apply for a year of independent study under the guidance of a faculty mentor.
Applications to the Capstone Program are due in spring of junior year, and as an accepted applicant you will begin research and correspond with your mentor during the summer.
Over the course of senior year, you meet weekly with your mentor and with the group of Capstone scholars. At scheduled intervals, you submit progress reports and discuss further research with your mentor and department. Finished projects will vary, of course, according to each year’s chosen topics, but by spring, all seniors in the program produce a substantial piece of writing and have the exciting chance to present their year’s labor and discoveries to the entire school.