Hawai'i Pacific University 
Capstone

The Capstone Experience

Definition

Capstone experience integrates coursework, knowledge, skills and experiential learning to enable the student to demonstrate a broad mastery of learning across the curriculum for further career advancement.

The capstone experience enables students to:

  • have an overview of what they have accomplished in their degree program

  • relate discipline-specific learning outcomes to the real world

  • link their knowledge and abilities to future employment or higher education

  • showcase their competency in certain areas

  • substantiates personal and academic learning as well as professional development and achievement.

Features

Capstone experience typically involves:

  • integrating and extending knowledge, skills, perspectives gained through previous coursework, thus demonstrating program’s outcomes concretely

  • reflecting on the social context, the body of literature, or the conceptual framework to which the student’s capstone work poses a contribution.

  • bridging coursework with students’ careers after graduation

  • preparing students for life-long learning

  • the outcome is a tangible product to be presented to the public (written work, oral presentation, multimedia productions in various forms such as websites, CDs, DVDs)

  • topics are selected by students and approved by faculty

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