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Capstone Courses (UNCP) College of Arts and Sciences


Subject Area Course # Course Title Semester Credit Hours Expand
UNCP 5500 Capstone: One Life, Many Lives Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

This course gives you the chance to review what you have made of your education and preview your long-term life commitments to work, relationships, community, and spirituality. We read fiction, psychology, sociology, and wisdom figures to find the deeper continuity underlying our many experiences. Students lead discussions, conduct interviews of working people, and cap off their Capstone by writing their own autobiography.


Instructor(s): James Weiss

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: THEO2410

Comments: Capstone classes cannot be taken Pass/Fail. You may take only one Capstone class before graduation. This Capstone is designed for students who have engaged in service projects during college and want to reflect on that as they plan their future lives. The service projects may have been through BC (Pulse, 4Boston, Arrupe, service trips, etc.) or on their own in Boston, the USA, or abroad. Please contact Fr. Weiss to enroll: weissj@bc.edu or 617 552 3897.

UNCP 5505 Capstone: Life and Career Planning Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

This course provides an overview of life and career planning in the context of (1) career, (2) personal relationships, (3) spirituality, and (4) ethical decision making. Students are asked to develop autobiographical responses to a series of questions about their lives to find themes related to possible careers and relationship issues. Readings, cases, exercises, and guest lecturers will amplify those personal themes and common issues in life as we enter the twenty-first century. The integration of spirituality and ethical decision making into one's life will be addressed by readings on ethical perspectives and the students' written reflections.


Instructor(s): Robert F. Capalbo

Prerequisites: Seniors only.

Cross listed with:

Comments: Capstone classes may NOT be taken Pass/Fail. You may take only ONE Capstone class before graduation.

UNCP 5510 Capstone: Living Social Justice Spring 3
Course Description

This Capstone serves as an opportunity for each student to include social justice as part of her/his life’s work. The course will integrate the arts, social media, guest activists, site visits, and action projects. As part of the course, students are asked to assess the decisions they have made and to envision a future focused on mission-driven life planning.


Instructor(s): Thaly Germain

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Capstone classes cannot be taken Pass/Fail. You may take only one Capstone class before graduation.

UNCP 5513 Capstone: Ways of Knowing Spring 3
Course Description

This course considers the workings of memory and the transmutation of memory into narratives that express values and explore identity on the personal, national, and cultural level; in literary and historical texts, films, and photographs; in and public memorials. We reflect on and create memory texts of various kinds; explore the influence of personal, social, and historical experiences on the construction of memory; observe the languages available for the expression of memory; and seek, through writing and discussion, to discern ways in which the process of remembering can unfold toward the future.


Instructor(s): Carol Hurd Green

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: ENGL4627

Comments: You can take a Capstone class only as a senior or second-semester junior.
Capstone classes may not be taken Pass/Fail.
You may take only one Capstone class before graduation.

UNCP 5514 Capstone: Growing Up Ethnic in America Spring 3
Course Description

In this seminar students will read writing that depicts a variety of experiences but suggest that what constitutes an American identity is far from settled. Ethnic difference has a profound effect on personal and social understandings of what it means to be an American. As we discuss the literature, students will be expected to share their own personal narratives of growing up – stories of race, ethnicity, class, gender, faith, and nationality – and what it means to be American. Some of the writers we will read include: Jhumpa Lahiri, Amy Tan, Louise Erdrich, Chang Rae-Lee,Sherman Alexie, Sandra Cisneros, Junot Diaz, Edwidge Danticat, Mat Johnson and Ta-Nehisi Coates.


Instructor(s): Akua Sarr

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: AADS5513

Comments:

UNCP 5515 Capstone: Exploring Art, Exploring Self Spring 3
Course Description

This course presents art as a means of personal development, encouraging students to appreciate not only art, but also the capacities and self-knowledge art can stimulate. We will explore art by experiencing it, sharing it, discussing it, and writing about it. Artworks will represent various levels and periods (e.g. fine art, popular art, contemporary art, past art) and forms (e.g. photography, music, dance, writing, sculpture, painting, theatre). How can exploring art show us who we are? Artistic engagement will help us understand our experiences and goals, in education, relationships, spirituality, career, and society, preparing us to flourish.


Instructor(s): Dustin Rutledge

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Capstone classes may NOT be taken Pass/Fail. You may take only ONE Capstone class before graduation.

UNCP 5516 Capstone: Whose Social Justice? Fall 3
Course Description

Social justice and the education of “Men and Women for Others” are central precepts at Boston College. Through your own experiences in family, community and schooling, and based on readings by “others,” this class asks you to reflect on abounding questions. How have you come to understand, interpret and act on dictums of social justice? And what are those dictums? According to whom? Who are “others,” and what does being “for” “others” mean?” The class will also ask you to think about the implication of your insights for spirituality, vocational decisions, and citizenship in a changing and often overwhelming world.


Instructor(s): Deborah T. Levenson

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Capstone classes may NOT be taken Pass/Fail. You may take only ONE Capstone class before graduation.

UNCP 5517 Capstone: Love and Indoctrination: A Foundation for the Rest of Your Life Spring 3
Course Description

In our world of political spin and fake news, the surveillance state and social media, the pressure to separate what’s real and valuable from what’s fake and mere propaganda (another way of saying “lies”) is paramount, and critical for figuring out how to live, practically, spiritually, intellectually and psychologically.

In George Orwell’s 1984, the affair of Winston Smith and Julia threatens the entire structure of Big Brother. Why? What is it about love that threatens large systems based on indoctrination? In this course we will explore and develop working definitions of both love and indoctrination in order to differentiate them.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Thomas Kaplan-Maxfield

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: ENGL5517

Comments: Capstone classes may NOT be taken Pass/Fail. You may take only ONE Capstone class before graduation.

UNCP 5520 Capstone: The Sociology of the Inner Life Fall 3
Course Description

Capstone and sociology course exploring the joys, hopes, fears, and anxieties of everyday life. Students will investigate aspects of daily life as a spiritual exercise simultaneously involving self, relationships, and community. Topics include unity of thinking, feeling, and acting; meditation; wisdom stories; Ignatian spirituality and discernment, meaning, and practice of care; and archetypal experience of the sacred. Assignments include commentary on readings, a interview and analysis about an other person's spiritual life; writing autobiographical narratives about one's personal history, and Christmas memories. Readings from sociological, theological, literary, and spiritual texts.


Instructor(s): Paul G. Schervish

Prerequisites: Second semester junior or senior status.

Cross listed with: SOCY4400

Comments: Capstone classes may NOT be taken Pass/Fail.
You may take only ONE Capstone class before graduation.

UNCP 5523 Capstone: Telling Our Stories, Living Our Lives Fall 3
Course Description

Our lives take shape and meaning from the stories that we tell ourselves about what it means to be a man or a woman, what is worth doing in a life, and who or what is ultimately valuable and trustworthy. In this course, we shall investigate our own life narratives by looking at significant myths that derive from religion, culture, and our families. We shall read works in developmental psychology, cultural anthropology, and narrative theology. We shall also use selected fiction and film.


Instructor(s): H. John McDargh

Prerequisites: Enrollment restricted to seniors only.

Cross listed with: THEO2523

Comments:

UNCP 5525 Capstone: Life, Money, and Generosity Spring 3
Course Description

Capstone classes may NOT be taken Pass/Fail. You may take only ONE Capstone class before graduation.
This course starts with students reflecting on their education at BC, the role of friendships, and the kind of person they are becoming. Then, it allows students to reflect on their assumptions and tensions about money that may or may not be influenced by their experiences on BC campus, study abroad, and/or on service trips. In the middle, the course considers some tools relating to budgeting and debt. The final part considers readings that integrate money with other areas. In so doing the instrumental value of money will be contrasted with the wider, intrinsic goods, as defined by each student.


Instructor(s): Elizabeth Bagnani

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

UNCP 5526 Capstone: Spirituality, Science, and Life Spring 3
Course Description

This seminar opens the door to the question: Who am I? Students will be encouraged to enter into self exploration and reflection, creating the potential for a fuller and more integrated life experience. Books, articles, and videos will provide the context for our discussions. Personal sharing, assignments, journal writing, and meditation will help us explore our inner landscapes and bring us closer to our authentic self. While this class experience is not meant to provide definitive answers to questions about life, it will provide the opportunity to begin this never-ending journey of exploration.


Instructor(s): Carol Chaia Halpern

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: You can take a Capstone class only as a senior or second-semester junior.
Capstone classes may not be taken Pass/Fail.
You may take only one Capstone class before graduation.

UNCP 5528 Capstone: Holistic Living Fall 3
Course Description

This seminar will examine spirituality, community, personal and family relationships, and education through the lenses of cross-cultural holistic health and healing practices. Selected readings, films, and field visits will assist you to visualize the relationships of health to the holistic aspects of your life and that of the multicultural communities in which you will live and work. Through this study, the course will provide insight into the nature of health, the comparisons of health and healing practices cross culturally, and the consequences of health-related choices.


Instructor(s): Rachel E. Spector

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: You can take a Capstone class only as a senior or second-semester junior.
Capstone classes may not be taken Pass/Fail.
You may take only one Capstone class before graduation.

UNCP 5530 Capstone: Gender and Leadership Spring 3
Course Description

As your time at BC winds down, it is time to take stock before you enter into post-college adulthood. How will you make choices to lead, work, love, and play? What role has your gender already played in your choices and experiences as you have chosen your educational pathway, explored vocational choices, got involved in formal and informal leadership, and anticipated a transition to post-college life? In this course we will explore these enduring questions. The lessons built through the class aspire to help women and men leaders in the quest to design and lead organizations so that all employees, regardless of gender or other differences, are able to reach their full potential. We rely on a variety of learning methods, including discussion and reflection, critique of readings, experiential exercises, and when available, connections with guest speakers who seek to inspire our learning and own leadership development.


Instructor(s): Judith Clair

Prerequisites: Seniors only.

Cross listed with: MGMT5530

Comments: Capstone classes may NOT be taken Pass/Fail. You may take only ONE Capstone class before graduation.

UNCP 5532 Capstone: Boston College/Your Life Spring 3
Course Description

This seminar will focus on the historical development of Boston College and the continually evolving interaction between its traditions and its students. Students will do archival research on some aspect of Boston College in which they have a personal interest and will record oral histories with faculty, administrators, and alumni who can describe the ambiance and personalities of different periods that have shaped the modern university. All students will write a series of reflective essays on their experience with Boston College traditions and the impact it has had on their own personal views of themselves, their pasts, and their futures.


Instructor(s): J. Joseph Burns

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: HIST4601

Comments: You can take a Capstone class only as a senior or second-semester junior.
Capstone classes may not be taken Pass/Fail.
You may take only one Capstone class before graduation.

UNCP 5533 Capstone: Desire and Discernment Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

This course aims to help students review the process of their education and preview the process of making long-term commitments by taking a long, loving look how we experience desire, and how we act upon those desires to construct a life well lived. The course will first expose students to spiritual practices of discernment, rooted in the Ignatian and Benedictine spiritual traditions. Second, it will involve careful thinking about stories of discernment which involve the sorting and pruning of desire. Discussions will reflect on these stories, in order to help each other consider what they mean for our own lives.


Instructor(s): Timothy P Muldooon

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: You can take a Capstone class only as a senior or second-semester junior.
Capstone classes may not be taken Pass/Fail.
You may take only one Capstone class before graduation.

UNCP 5535 Capstone: Business as a Calling Spring 3
Course Description

This seminar explores the question of business as a calling, as an activity that yields great personal satisfaction quite apart from the money it brings. Is business a noble activity or is it a crass but necessary pursuit? How does the economist’s model view business? How is it viewed by society at large? Does a view of business as a calling help us to bridge the spiritual and the temporal? Does it have a positive impact on relationships with family and with community? For an economy to work, do we need moral and political capital as well as economic capital? Do we need spiritual and social capital? If so, how do we sustain these, or rebuild them if they are eroding, or develop them if missing? Does how we look at business make a difference? Can we reconcile corporate scandals and vast inequality with a view that business is a noble pursuit? Finally, does our continued susceptibility to financial crises force us to rethink our understanding of the virtues of capitalism.


Instructor(s): Harold Petersen

Prerequisites: Seniors only.

Cross listed with: ECON4435

Comments: Capstone classes may NOT be taken Pass/Fail. You may take only ONE Capstone class before graduation.

UNCP 5537 Capstone: Decisions For Life Fall 3
Course Description

This seminar will explore critical spiritual dimensions of the exciting and challenging decisions that accompany transition from college life to independent adult life. It is organized around a series of topics chosen to explore spiritual, "relational," vocational, and communal aspects of our being. We will reflect back on the milestones that have brought us to where we are, ask whether our lives have deeper meaning because of our experiences at Boston College, and look ahead to future decisions and ask if there are opportunities for living that represent a "greater good."


Instructor(s): John Boylan

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: You can take a Capstone class only as a senior or second-semester junior.
Capstone classes may NOT be taken Pass/Fail.
You may take only ONE Capstone class before graduation.

UNCP 5539 Capstone: Doing Well and Doing Good Fall 3
Course Description

This Capstone prepares you to balance between doing well in life and promoting the good in work, community, intimacy, and spirituality. To answer life's challenges, you need good questions. Our questions will focus on the intersection of personal biography and the context of society. We will learn to steer a course between prejudice and cliche, on one hand, and sound knowledge on the other. Even as we try to do good as informed persons, we will find that most knowledge is incomplete and often contested. A hands-on participatory course project will model a specific plan for fuller living.


Instructor(s): Eve Spangler

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: SOCY3305

Comments: You can take a Capstone class only as a senior or second-semester junior.
Capstone classes may not be taken Pass/Fail.
You may take only one Capstone class before graduation.

UNCP 5540 Capstone: Making History in a Changing World Spring 3
Course Description

The central theme of this class is to consider the dialogue between individual choice and social context as we struggle to construct a life of effectiveness and balance. The course begins with a focus on what makes a good question. Largely, good questions are ones that can produce fruitful answers – answers that allow us to move forward in ways rooted in understanding and yet knowing that most information is incomplete, ambiguous, and contested. We will look at Boston College as a context for social action and then three case studies: Palestine (in which the context poses a single overarching challenge), South Africa (in which most people are struggling to figure out what the next chapter should be) and the U.S. (where we share in a sense that “anything goes.”). Students will be asked to focus on the balance between constructing a private life and participating in the struggle for social justice in each of these very different settings.


Instructor(s): Eve Spangler

Prerequisites: Seniors Only.

Cross listed with: SOCY3306

Comments: Capstone classes may NOT be taken Pass/Fail. You may take only ONE Capstone class before graduation.

UNCP 5541 Capstone: Into the Woods Fall 3
Course Description

All readers, young and old, share the wonder in fairy tales. This serves a deeper purpose: to experiment and learn our boundaries and responsibilities. There are dangers in woods, but Red Riding Hood learns a lot, frees herself, and embarks upon life. The symbolic journey into the woods allows seniors to leaves the "woods of BC" with optimism and commitment. How will you negotiate transitions into society with the wisdom from your journey here?


Instructor(s): Bonnie Rudner

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: ENGL4670

Comments: You can take a Capstone class only as a senior or second-semester junior.
Capstone classes may not be taken Pass/Fail.
You may take only one Capstone class before graduation.

UNCP 5542 Capstone: Journey to Self-Discovery Spring 3
Course Description

As historical beings, our lives constitute a story that unfolds in time. Our lives narrate a journey from sin to salvation, despair to faith, sickness to health, death to life, darkness to light, and ignorance to knowledge. This is a journey to selfhood. We are sojourners struggling to understand more deeply who we are as this self, and what is our place in the world. This seminar will explore the four fundamental capstone issues of spirituality, citizenship, relationships, and work in terms of this notion of our life as a narrative, a journey to selfhood.


Instructor(s): Brian Braman

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: PHIL5538

Comments: You can take a Capstone class only as a senior or second-semester junior.
Capstone classes may not be taken Pass/Fail.
You may take only one Capstone class before graduation.

UNCP 5544 Capstone: Vision Quest: A Multicultural Approach Fall 3
Course Description

You can take a Capstone class only as a senior or second-semester junior. Capstone classes may not be taken Pass/Fail. You may take only one Capstone class before graduation.
This course will use the Vision Quest, a Native American ritual for finding oneself, as a metaphor for students’ four years at Boston College. Relating their own lives to the lives of the characters in the books, who have all gone on some variation of a quest, students will explore the ways their education and experiences at college have influenced their ideas of community, work, spirituality and relationships, and have prepared them to face the great mystery of life ahead. The main texts include The Grass Dancer, The Life of Pi, Their Eyes Were Watching God, The Bonesetter's Daughter, and The House on Mango Street. Films include Thunderheart and The Whale Rider. Personal reflection papers and class participation are a main component of this course.


Instructor(s): Dorothy Miller

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: ENGL4637

Comments: You can take a Capstone class only as a senior or second-semester junior. Capstone classes may not be taken Pass/Fail. You may take only one Capstone class before graduation.

UNCP 5548 Capstone: Leadership and Mindfulness Spring 3
Course Description

No matter what your major, you will participate in groups and organizations that will consistently ask or expect you to lead. The best leader is authentic, has integrity, is self- and other-aware, and acts with this awareness firmly in mind. Good leaders, that is, act mindfully with respect for the people and world around them. This course explores your development as a mindful focusing inward and outward, reflecting on where you have come from and where you are going, what type of world you want to live in, your relationships with others, and how you can be an effective leader.


Instructor(s): Sandra Waddock

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: MGMT5548

Comments: Capstone classes may NOT be taken Pass/Fail. You may take only ONE Capstone class before graduation.

UNCP 5550 Capstone: Building A Life Fall 3
Course Description

This course explores the middle ground between thinking we can construct our lives without limits and that we have no real options. We will look at life as "constructing" the future. Lives are not created "ex nihilo" but built in the context of the places in which we live and have lived, built on the foundations that we have already laid, constructed by us in and through our interactions with the world around us. Building on the past, they are our place in the world, situating us in the present and orienting us toward the future.


Instructor(s): David McMenamin

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: PHIL5550

Comments: You can take a Capstone class only as a senior or second-semester junior.
Capstone classes may not be taken Pass/Fail.
You may take only one Capstone class before graduation.

UNCP 5553 Capstone: Poets, Philosophers, and Mapmakers Spring 3
Course Description

We go through life with mental maps of reality in various degrees, implicit or explicit. A liberal arts education presupposes such a map of the intelligible world. Is it accurate? What does your map of reality look like? How has it changed since freshman year? The goal of the seminar is to help you see what kind of map you implicitly have now and to begin to ask what you want the map to look like ten years after graduation. How do you develop an open rather than closed map?


Instructor(s): Paul McNellis, S.J.

Prerequisites: Completion of Philosophy and Theology core and instructor permission required

Cross listed with: PHIL5553

Comments: You can take a Capstone class only as a senior or second-semester junior.
Capstone classes may NOT be taken Pass/Fail.
You may take only ONE Capstone class before graduation.

UNCP 5554 Capstone: Certainty and Uncertainty in Science and Religion Spring 3
Course Description

The issues that inevitably arise in grappling with the creation/evolution controversy open up much broader questions about science, religion, belief, and knowledge. Understanding this controversy requires grappling with such questions as What is science? What is religion? How does scientific knowledge differ from religious beliefs and experiences? This course will provide you with an opportunity to reflect on how your views on these types of questions affect who you are, how you act in the world, what your life choices have been so far, and what you expect your life choices to be after graduation from BC.


Instructor(s): Alan Kafka

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: You can take a Capstone class only as a senior or second-semester junior.
Capstone classes may not be taken Pass/Fail.
You may take only one Capstone class before graduation.

UNCP 5555 Capstone: Global Narratives Spring 3
Course Description

Guided by global literature, from Africa, the Caribbean, the Middle East and South Asia, students in this course will reflect on and explore the personal narratives that have contributed to their development. While examining the complex emotional lives of characters in the texts, we will also uncover, our own intricate his (and her) stories. Stories of family, faith, race, gender, class and nation; and the rites of passage that have made us who we are and brought us to where we are emotionally, intellectually and spiritually are the narratives we will share.


Instructor(s): Akua Sarr

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: AADS2229

Comments: You can take a Capstone class only as a senior or second-semester junior.
Capstone classes may not be taken Pass/Fail.
You may take only one Capstone class before graduation.

UNCP 5557 Capstone: Life, A Tightrope: Attaining Balance Spring 3
Course Description

Given that each of us is part nahr (fool) and part mensch (one worthy of respect), how do we achieve balance between the two? How do we answer Hillel's challenge: "If I am not for myself, who will be? If I am only for myself, what am I? If not now, when?" To carry on with BC's objective to Light the World, how do we develop/maintain our "inner light" as it pertains to family, relationships, vocation, community, faith, and avocation? We will confront these questions and consider the inputs that feed who we are and help to inform our lives.


Instructor(s): Daniel Kirschner

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: You can take a Capstone class only as a senior or second-semester junior.
Capstone classes may not be taken Pass/Fail. You may take only one Capstone class before graduation.

UNCP 5560 Capstone: Seeing, Loving, Serving Spring 3
Course Description

The capacities to love and to know are linked with the ability to see, and these capacities lie at the heart of a Jesuit education. The critic John Berger states that we only see what we look at, looking is an act of choice. This course will examine the link between seeing oneself and others properly and becoming men and women for others. Drawing on texts in philosophy, theology, and literature, students will examine the forces that have shaped their vision and reflect on how they can take the perspectives gained at Boston College into future relationships and careers.


Instructor(s): Mary Troxell

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: PHIL5560

Comments: You can take a Capstone class only as a senior or second-semester junior.
Capstone classes may not be taken Pass/Fail.
You may take only one Capstone class before graduation.

UNCP 5561 Capstone: Creativity and Human Development Fall 3
Course Description

By the time most people have reached the age of 20, they have formed a solid set of beliefs, self-perceptions, and values. Often these are antithetical to their ability to think creatively. Powerful authorities tend to encourage conformity. To reverse this trend, such adverse qualities must be identified and countermanded. The best path to becoming a more creative thinker is to become aware of how creativity works. This course will help you understand how creative people think. You will look at your life retrospectively and prospectively with an emphasis on what role your creativity has played or will play.


Instructor(s): John Dacey

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: You can take a Capstone class only as a senior or second-semester junior.
You can take only one Capstone class before graduation.
You cannot take any Capstone class Pass/Fail.

UNCP 5562 Capstone:Finding&Following Life's Calling Fall 3
Course Description

We live in changing times. Major social trends are impacting us as individuals, employees, family members, and citizens. These changes call on us to play a much more pro-active role in managing our lives (where possible) and to respond to the unexpected “callings” we hear. Doing this effectively requires an in-depth self-understanding coupled with a heartfelt desire to live a life of meaning. This course will help students develop a clearer sense of identity through a rigorous self-assessment process. It will help each answer the questions: Who am I? How can I make a difference in the world?


Instructor(s): J. Bradley Harrington

Prerequisites: Seniors only.

Cross listed with:

Comments: Capstone classes may NOT be taken Pass/Fail. You may take only ONE Capstone class before graduation.

UNCP 5563 Capstone:Beyond Study Abroad Fall 3
Course Description

Through the eyes of 20th century literary writers such as John Dos Passos, Ernest Hemingway, Carlos Fuentes and Julia Alvarez, students will explore literature and how external events interact with personal choices to affect relationships and life-commitments, often with serious moral consequences. More specifically, the course will examine how the experience of cultural displacement itself impacts the challenge and process of vocational discernment. While focusing on Spain and Latin America, the course will appeal to any student who has studied abroad. All readings and movies will be in English.


Instructor(s): Elizabeth Goizueta

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: RLRL6620

Comments: You can take a Capstone class only as a senior or second-semester junior. You can take only one Capstone class before graduation. You cannot take any Capstone class Pass/Fail.

UNCP 5564 Capstone:The Last Lecture Spring 3
Course Description

St. Ignatius developed the Examen so that Jesuits could be reflective and thus more intentional in their daily life. The goal of this course is to help students reflect on their experience in the last 21+ years, and think about whom they are, why they are where they are, and to examine the decisions they have made in the past that may cause tensions in their lives as they leave Boston College and make decisions. The hope is that through this reflection and thus delivery of a Last Lecture students will live a more intentional life upon graduation.


Instructor(s): Amy La Combe

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: You can take a Capstone class only as a senior or second-semester junior.
Capstone classes may not be taken Pass/Fail.
You may take only one Capstone class before graduation.

UNCP 5565 Capstone:Moral of Story Spring 3
Course Description

Hanging in Boston's Museum of Fine Arts is the magna opus of Paul Gauguin, "Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?". Gauguin left family, friends, and a career in banking to flee to Tahiti, in search of life's meaning. "Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?" is his ultimate representation of these philosophical questions. We will move through a different artistic medium - that of the short story - as we ask those same questions. We will examine complex plots and characters in the hopes of exploring our own stories.


Instructor(s): Ethan Sullivan

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Capstone classes may NOT be taken Pass/Fail. You may take only ONE Capstone class before graduation.

UNCP 5566 Capstone: Pilgrim's Progress - The Discerned Life on Pilgrimage Spring 3
Course Description

This Capstone course will provide seminar members with the opportunity to pause in order to consider how the image of pilgrimage might assist in the interpretation of life as an act of faithful trust. The intention is that this might be accomplished through particular focus upon life experiences occurring before, during, and after matriculation at Boston College—especially regarding one’s engagement with relationships, society, work, and spirituality. We will attempt this through the careful pondering of the pilgrim way of life to elicit greater desires for the future journey, specifically through works of fiction, autobiography, business practice, and prayer.


Instructor(s): Fr. Casey Beaumier, S.J.

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Seniors ONLY. Capstone classes may NOT be taken Pass/Fail. You may take only ONE Capstone class before graduation.

UNCP 5567 Capstone: Five Heroic Americans Spring 3
Course Description

This course will examine the writings of two American women and three American men whose intellectual and spiritual gifts have enriched our heritage. We will read: Thoreau’s journals; poems by Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost; essays by Emerson; and selections from Mary Rowlandson’s account of her capture by the Quabog Indians. Students will discuss their observations in light of the Capstone program: relationships; work; civic responsibility; and spirituality.


Instructor(s): Fr. Robert Farrell, S.J.

Prerequisites: Seniors only.

Cross listed with: ENGL4628

Comments: Capstone classes may NOT be taken Pass/Fail. You may take only ONE Capstone class before graduation.

UNCP 5568 Capstone: Mindfulness & Storytelling Spring 3
Course Description

This course will invite students to reflect on their humanity by exploring storytelling and naming through various methods. Via reading short stories and essays, we will engage how others name the world in an effort to change it. By interviewing an elder, we will learn awareness and skills of listening to inform our own views of life. And via a focus on mindfulness— nonjudgmental awareness of the present moment while observing one’s thoughts, emotions, and reactions—we will engage our own internal storytelling to reflect on ways our inner rhetoric can help us or hold us back.


Instructor(s): Paula Mathieu

Prerequisites: Seniors only

Cross listed with: ENGL4631

Comments: Capstone classes may NOT be taken Pass/Fail. You may take only ONE Capstone class before graduation.

UNCP 5569 Capstone: How We Decide Spring 3
Course Description

Why did I eat at “White Mountain” at 11PM last night? And how can my friends convince me to go to Cityside when I know I should be studying? In this seminar, we will focus on how the mind and brain function to produce the decisions we ourselves make. The class is open to students from all majors, and there is no science prerequisite. Throughout the semester, we will reflect on our own past decisions, and consider alternative decision making strategies for the future.


Instructor(s): Jeffrey Lamoureux

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: