Honors Capstone

Brooke Doss talks to visitorsThe culminating achievement of all Honors Scholars at KSU is the completion of an honors capstone thesis or applied project.  This capstone allows honors students to explore in depth a topic of question related to their particular passions in their chosen discipline.  Students are guided in this journey through a faculty mentor in their discipline, as well as through the HON 4497 course in the junior year and the HON 4499 course in the senior year.  The honors capstone often becomes the distinguishing factor that sets KSU Honors students apart in job interviews and applications for graduate school.  

  • Students may choose from several types of capstones as appropriate for their major and interests.  These types and examples of each are listed below.

    Original research

    • Comparing nitrogen transformation rates in vegetated and unvegetated sediments of St. Joseph Bay, FL       
    • The roles of fliI and fliJ in flagellar biogenesis

    Original synthesis of research information

    • The effectiveness of resistance training versus aerobic exercise training in controlling type II diabetes mellitus for adults—looked at existing research to determine what seems to work best
    • History of Lancastrian cadet branch of English royal family, the Plantagenets—using existing histories and biographies to piece together history of the family
    • Secondary analysis of existing data by applying statistical techniques to answer the question:  Which generation has the most confidence in the media to do what is right?

    Research that applies existing research to a new context

    • Analysis of whether community policing ideals are practiced at KSU
    • Subjective and objective indicators of stress in student nurses engaged in simulated clinical skills performances

    Original creative work with literature review

    • Choreography for a site-specific work for three dancers in collaboration with a spoken word artist—paper includes literature review of history of site-specific dance
    • Text for portion of graphic novel/film using Mesoamerican myth to deal with the issue of “othering”—includes literature review of research on myth and concept of “othering”

    A substantial service learning project

    • Development and implementation of self-managed, health behavior education for Guatemalan/Mayan immigrants in North Metro Georgia
  • The Honors College annually recognizes the top capstone thesis or applied project from each campus with an award at the Honors College Recognition Luncheon each spring.  We share award-winning capstones here as examples of outstanding work.  

  • The following list is provided to help students in the early stages of capstone development to brainstorm for appropriate topics. Select your major here.