The Interdisciplinary Capstone course allows you to apply what you have learned in your disciplinary courses. In IDS 499 you will learn principles of interdisciplinarity and aquire basic project management skills. IDS 499 is an online course that beings at the beginning of the semester and has regular assignments throughout the semester. The major assignment for the course will be to complete an approved capstone project that showcases the skills and competencies developed in the interdisciplinary major.
Your project needs to incorporate the areas of your interdisciplinary degree and should represent significant effort to produce a professional product. You are required to spend at least 50 hours working on your project during the semester you are registered for IDS 499. As part of your project you will be required to develop project artifacts that show the work you have done. These artifacts can be in different forms or formats, but are a significant part of the project. Here are a few examples:
- Artifacts for a student who created a web-based business would include a link to the business website, a detailed business plan, and a copy of necessary legal documents created as part of their project.
- A student who conducted academic research would submit a 30+ page research paper with strong academic references.
- A student who planned and carried out an event could include a detailed portfolio that showed each step of the planning process, photographs from the event, and a written evaluation conducted after the event.
At the end of the semester, you will be required to give a professional presentation that outlines the goals, process, and results of your proejct. (Note: The presentation is not considered a project artifact.)
Students are required to work with a professional mentor who can provide you with guideance and content expertise. It is your responsibility to come up with a project, but you should work with your mentor to refine your project plan and proposal. Additionally, you will meet twice during the semester with your instructor to discuss issues related to their project. The capstone project should be significant and relevant to your academic and career objectives. Students in IDS 499 will be required to demonstrate senior-level proficiency in research, visual communication, writing, and presentation skills.