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Fall 2020
Sep 17, 2021
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ENGL 890 - MA Capstone Seminar
This seminar will give you the opportunity to develop an independent digital project, one based on but not identical to a collection of projects from previous graduate coursework, which will draw on defining elements of your work in the program. With the help of a faculty mentor and your colleagues, you will be able to craft a meaningful representation of the specific professional, intellectual or creative expertise acquired in the process of earning the Master’s degree in English at Georgetown. Students who choose the capstone option will develop a culminating project in which they consider the trajectory of their work in the program. Students need to determine the appropriate purpose, audience, and genre ​for these projects. In the project students are expected to:

> Define the primary point of coherence​ of their curricular work by reflecting on previous coursework and anticipating postgraduate opportunities
> Synthesize ​and ask new research questions about existing work
> Conduct further research ​in order to substantially revise or expand a current project or projects for a new audience
> Use creative and critical methods ​to transform curricular ideas into new forms
> Produce an electronic portfolio ​in which they demonstrate mastery of conventions and possibilities of a web-based project by taking advantage of a variety of media (writing, video, audio, visual, etc) as appropriate
> Connect curricular work with extracurricular pursuits and goals

Note that these goals aren’t just syllabus padding. We’ll be using them to evaluate your work this semester. You will get as much out of this class as you put into it. The most successful students will become intellectual entrepreneurs, forging connections inside and outside the academy, and taking responsibility for their own education and self-presentation. We will begin the course with some common readings and assignments, but the majority of the semester will be spent developing your capstone portfolios.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Seminar

English Department


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