Information about the Capstone Course

The Capstone course (MASS 490) is required for all Mass Media majors and should be taken in the student's last semester at CSUSM. The Capstone project is an individual one which must be supervised by a tenure-track faculty member in the Communication Department. If you are a senior and a Mass Media major, contact Dr. Katherine Brown (kbrown@csusm.edu) PRIOR to the beginning of your final semester for assistance in helping you identify an appropriate department faculty member to be your Capstone instructor. The supervising faculty should be someone who is knowledgeable about the area(s) of research, content, and/or production techniques you would like to emphasize in your project.

Once you have identified a supervising faculty member for your Capstone project, you should meet with that person to discuss your interests and see if they are willing to supervise and evaluate your Capstone project. This faculty member will tell you how to register for the Capstone course with CRN and units, etc., and the two of you will make an agreement about the details of your Capstone project, including topic, timeline, meeting schedule, and work to be completed for the final grade. Capstone projects, by their nature will vary in content but each should involve comparable work, should meet the writing requirement for CSUSM courses, include some use of multimedia production, and connect to at least three identifiable Mass Media program Student Learning outcomes as described in a particular student's area of emphasis (MOS, MUE and MMP).