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Senior Capstone Projects in African-American Studies

Each student completing the minor in African-American Studies produces a senior capstone project. In this capstone, students pursue in depth and detail a subject that particularly captivates them, usually something they have studied in one of their courses in the program. 

Capstone Procedures

Each senior in the program must do a Capstone Project in the senior year. The proposal for the project, including title, a 1-paragraph description, and, if possible, the faculty with whom the student will be working must be submitted to the Director prior to registration for the semester during which the Capstone will be undertaken. Each capstone project must be read by two faculty, and the principal advisor must be a core faculty member within the Program. The grade will be assigned by the principal faculty advisor, in consultation with the second reader. The second reader need not provide comments, but both readers must fill in the "assessment form."  An electronic copy of the final project, along with the two assessment forms, will be stored electronically for assessment purposes. Students are expected to meet regularly with their capstone director. It is recommended that a draft of the final project be submitted 3 weeks before the final due date, so that the final version will be a revised and polished piece of scholarly work.

2009-2010 Capstone Projects

  • Alecia Flynn, "Contemporary Black Women Novelists: Putting Pen to Paper to Empower Marginalized Voices"; advisors: Profs. Conner and Melina Bell, Philosophy
  • Katie Sinks, "Black Political Activism in the United States: A Historical Examination of Black Liberation Theology, the Nation of Islam, and the Black Power Movement"; advisors: Profs. DeLaney and Diette
  • Kevin Corn, "Blurring the Color-Line: The Effects of the Clinton and Obama Presidencies"; advisors:  Profs. Morel and Conner
  • Sam Craparo,

2008-2009 Capstone Projects

  • Chris Rucker, "Integration and African Americans at Washington and Lee"; advisors: Profs. DeLaney and Conner
  • Aisha Davis, "20th-century Black American Protest Music"; advisors: Profs. Conner and DeLaney

2007-08 Capstone Projects

  • Quiana McKenzie, "Reclaiming Uncle Tom: A Call for Black Moral Leadership"; advisors: Profs. Conner and Morel
  • Dominique Lamb, "The Prison Industrial Complex and the Black Moral Community"; advisors: Profs. Conner and Morel
  • Kristi Williams, "Justice in Black and White: The Impact of Civil Rights Coverage in the Media"; Profs. DeLaney and Conner
  • Melissa Poorman, "Black Educators in the South from the Post-Reconstruction Era until Today"; advisors: Profs. DeLaney and Novack