Senior Capstone

Depending on personal interests and Global Honors pathway of choice, students have three options for fulfilling their senior capstone requirement: a full thesis, reflection essay, or experiential learning. Students should note the unique requirements for each type of project. In each case, students are required to present their capstones at the Global Honors Annual Global Engagement Conference.

Relevant forms and guidelines can be downloaded below.

T GH 494 Thesis (5 credits)

The Global Honors Thesis:

  • Is defined as an essay based on research and analysis;
  • Should be between 20-25 pages;
  • Must focus on an aspect of globalization, that is, it must address an interdependent process that is of global relevance; and
  • Is completed under the guidance of a faculty supervisor.

The thesis requirement is considered complete once students have:

  • Given a public presentation of their work at the Spring Global Honors Research Colloquium;
  • Earned at least a 3.5 on the paper and obtained final approval signatures from the faculty advisor and the Director of the Global Honors program; and
  • Turned in the final, signed and bound copy of the thesis to the Global Honors office.

Registering for T GH 494

  1. To register for T GH 494, you must have a signed registration form and faculty advisor letter of appointment on file in the Global Honors program office.
  2. Download and complete the T GH 494 credit form to draw up a contract with your chosen faculty advisor. This may require more than one draft, in consultation with the faculty advisor. Ask the Program Administrator to provide you with a faculty advisor letter of appointment too.
  3. Both you and the faculty advisor sign the form and letter of appointment.
  4. Make three (3) copies of each. Bring one signed copy of each to the Global Honors program office no later than the first week of spring quarter. The other copies are for you and your faculty advisor.
  5. The Program Administrator will issue you an entry code for T GH 494.

Find out more about how to identify a suitable faculty advisor here.

Thesis Forms and Guidelines

Thesis Guidelines                      
Formatting Specifications    
Thesis cover page template
Thesis title page template    
TGH 494 Credit Form                 
Faculty Adviser Appointment Letter

(Please note, the last is for reference only, a customized letter will be made available for individual students/faculty advisers)

For examples of capstone theses submitted by previous students, visit the UWT Digital Commons.

T GH 495A Reflection Essay (2 credits) / T GH 495B Independent Study (1-5 credits)

After completing a study-abroad experience, students who choose not to write a thesis must register for TGH 495A and write a paper of at least 10 pages which integrates reflections on (a) the study-abroad experience, (b) one or more major ideas from T GH 300, T GH 301, 302 or 303, and (c) personal assessment of one's progress in understanding and implementing the goal of global citizenship. This paper is thus a reflection on key experiences in Global Honors. For the reflection paper, the idea is to seek and find a common thread that integrates the areas identified above. As with the T GH 494 Thesis option, this is completed under the supervision of a faculty advisor.

T GH 495B is intended for independent study. This may or may not constitute a capstone project, and is available on a case by case basis for different student needs/objectives - students may extend the reflection essay into a 5 credit independent study capstone or take TGH 495B to pursue projects above and beyond normal Global Honors requirements. Consult the Program Administrator for more information.

Registering for T GH 495A

  1. To register for T GH 495A, you must have a signed registration form and faculty advisor letter of appointment on file in the Global Honors program office
  2. Download and complete the T GH 495A credit form to draw up a contract with your chosen faculty advisor. This may require more than one draft, in consultation with the faculty advisor. Ask the Program Administrator to provide you with a faculty advisor letter of appointment too.
  3. Both you and the faculty advisor sign the form and letter of appointment.
  4. Make three (3) copies of each. Bring one signed copy of each to the Global Honors program office no later than the first week of spring quarter. The other copies are for you and your faculty advisor.
  5. The Program Administrator will issue you an entry code for T GH 495A.

Find out more about how to identify a suitable faculty advisor here.

Reflection Essay Forms and Guidelines

Reflection Essay Guidelines
Formatting Specifications     
TGH 495A Credit Form                

T GH 496 Experiential Learning (2-5 credits)

Experiential Learning in Global Honors provides you with the opportunity to complete an internship or engage in community service to fulfill your GH capstone requirement. The purpose of this capstone is to promote global citizenship and engagement with the community, emphasizing connections between local and global, while providing valuable practical and professional experience.

Experiential Learning Objectives:

At the completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Analyze contextual factors such as international history, culture, and contemporary challenges relevant to a local, international and/or immigrant population;
  • Demonstrate understanding of connections between local and global populations and communities;
  • Demonstrate understanding of your personal role as global citizen;
  • Identify avenues for community development and social responsibility;
  • Analyze organizational structure and professional environment.

Experiential Learning Assignments:

  • Weekly activity and learning logs: You will submit a detailed account via email weekly, of your activities in the field and your assessment of learning objectives that were met through these activities.
  • Analysis Paper I: Integrating Global and Local: For this 2-3 page paper, you will identify at least three key aspects of your fieldwork experience that ties into global themes you have encountered in Global Honors core seminars.
  • Analysis Paper II: Avenues for Change: In this 2-3 page paper, you will discuss at least five practical ways that the community/organization/locale you are working within, can bring about positive change within itself and its surrounding community.
  • Reflection paper on Global Citizenship: For this 5-6 page paper, you will synthesize dominant themes of your first two Analysis papers, integrate your weekly journal notes, and develop a coherent, well-structured reflection on Global Citizenship.

Registering for T GH 496

  1. To register for T GH 496, you must have a signed faculty advisor letter of appointment on file in the Global Honors program office.
  2. Download and complete the T GH 496 credit form to draw up a contract with your chosen faculty advisor. This may require more than one draft, in consultation with the faculty advisor.
  3. Both you and the faculty advisor sign the form.
  4. Make three (3) copies of the signed form. Bring one signed copy to the Global Honors program office no later than the first week of spring quarter. The other copies are for you and your faculty advisor.
  5. The Program Administrator will issue you an entry code for T GH 496.

Find out more about how to identify a suitable faculty advisor here.

Experiential Learning Forms and Guidelines

T GH 496 Credit Form