Senior Capstone Course Comparison

The Senior Capstone is intended to be taken in a student’s final year at UNC Asheville. Students may choose between two options for the Senior Capstone course: HUM 414 "The Individual in the Contemporary World" and LA 478: "Cultivating Citizenship in a Global World."

HUM 414 focuses on global issues and recent history, both Western and non-Western, building on information gathered and questions raised in the preceding Humanities courses. Students will develop a greater understanding of the responsibilities of and opportunities for humanity today.

LA 478 is a topical seminar course that asks students to address an issue or a group of related issues of current and future importance from an interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary perspective. Students will be expected to integrate the knowledge they have acquired through their major with the wider perspectives provided in their liberal arts core courses. The issue(s) will be explored through reading, lecture, discussion, and through the presentation of a self-directed project. 

Both HUM 414 and LA 478 are taught by faculty from various disciplines. Students may not receive credit for both courses.

The table below offers a brief comparison of the courses. It is intended to help students select a course that best harmonizes with their majors and their intellectual interests.

 

  HUM 414 "The Individual in the Contemporary World" LA 478 "Cultivating Citizenship in a Global World"
(formally LS 479)
Credit Hours 4 (3+1 Recitation section)* 4
LAC Requirement Satisfies LAC senior capstone requirement Satisfies LAC senior capstone requirement
Course Format

Sections meet twice weekly with instructors AND attend Friday Common Lecture 11:00-12:15

Core syllabus

Combination of lecture, class discussion, group work, major project/paper

Sections meet with instructor unless otherwise noted

Common experiences vary by term

Core syllabus

Combination of lecture, class discussion, group work, major project/paper

Registration *Students must register for BOTH section (recitation) and Common Lecture Students register for 4-credit section only

Course
Pre-requisites

75 hours + HUM 124, 214, 324 75 hours + HUM 124, 214, 324
Key Differences Serves as a 4th Humanities course in a series including HUM 124, 214, 324

Focus on arts, culture, identity, social justice movements, future studies

Integrates earlier HUM Program curriculum with social and natural science disciplines

Focus on ethics, governance, economics, environmental sustainability

Service Learning Varies by instructor Varies by instructor* (required for all Honors students)