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The Urban Studies Capstone is the culmination of your undergraduate education.  It provides students in the major an opportunity to take what they've learned over four years, and apply it to a topic they are passionate about.

All Urban Studies majors must carry out a capstone project.  Through coursework and advising, Urban Studies provides support for these projects to ensure that every student successfully emerges with a product that represents the summit of their academic achievement.  There are several ways of meeting this requirement.

Honors Thesis:

An original, academic research project of substantial breadth and depth.  Honors students usually begin work on their project in mid-junior year, and continue through their entire senior year. Learn more Honors Theses

Senior Project:

An original, academic research project, but somewhat more modest in scope than an honors thesis.  Work usually begins in mid-junior year, and concludes at the end of senior fall.  Learn more Senior Projects

Synthesis Project:

An opportunity to bring your learning together in a more original way or with a non-academic audience in mind.  Work usually begins in mid-junior year, and may conclude in fall or spring of senior year.  Learn more about synthesis projects


Many Urban Studies students receive grants to support their capstone work. Learn more about capstone funding