Augmentations and Capstones
What is a Global Honors Program Course Augmentation?
Although we offer a wide variety of Honors courses, it’s not always possible to achieve all of your honors credits through them. An alternative option to Honors courses is the course augmentation.
An augmentation is a project that can be supplemented to any course at Lock Haven University on top of the typical coursework. With the permission and oversight of your professor, you can choose any project that you might find interesting and that relates to your class, and complete it by the end of the semester for 3 honors credits.
Augmentations can take many forms: creative work, exploratory study, experimental investigation, or scholarly research. It may focus on one subject area, be interdisciplinary and/or cross-cultural in scope. The project must demonstrate mastery of the topic and show competency in whatever medium of expression. The student may include work-related subjects, policies, procedures, and concerns, but the object of study and the method of presentation must fall within the scope of the course by which you are augmenting.
Augmentation Frequently Asked Questions - Coming Soon!
What is a Global Honors Program Capstone Project?
The Capstone Project is the culminating project of the undergraduate Global Honors Program experience and a required element for students to graduate from Lock Haven University with the Global Honors designation. The Capstone Project is designed to be the most ambitious academic challenge that students encounter in their undergraduate career. It should be much more involved and elaborate than a standard augmentation, but not to the extent of a Graduate Thesis. The Capstone Project normally includes three major components, all to a different extent: research, writing, and presentation. Sometimes, an Independent Study (offered by departments as a 499 course) may be used through Lock Haven University to collect research while working closely with a professor. A formal document of the research follows, and then a final presentation of the work is given to complete the project.
After undertaking a number of augmentations through the Global Honors Program, this is the student’s chance to take their education to the next level, and to produce a project documenting their undergraduate academic experience. The primary reward from a capstone experience is the invaluable preparation for graduate and professional work. However, other intrinsic benefits are reported by students. These benefits include: opportunity to follow personal curiosity, creative pleasure from the conceptualization of the project, intellectual stimulation from exploring the topic, ownership of the work, satisfaction from successful completion of the project, and the close professional relationship that develops with the mentor and readers.
For more detailed information about the Capstone Project, please review the Capstone Project Manual and the other resources below. The Honors Director will be more than willing to answer any other questions you may have!
Capstone Project Guide and References for Students and Faculty - 1st Edition, 2011-12 (PDF)
Timeline for Completing Capstone Components - Includes specific dates for the 2011-2014 academic years (PDF)
Required Capstone Forms:
For more information on these forms, please refer to the Capstone Project Guide and References document above.
Fall 2011 Deadlines:
Augmentation Proposals: Friday, September 23, 2011
Augmentation Completion Form: Friday, December 9, 2011
Capstone Proposals (for students graduating in Fall 2011 and Spring 2012):
Friday, September 23, 2011
Capstone Completions (for students graduating in December 2011):
Friday, December 9, 2011
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