Interdisciplinary Capstone Project

Successful completion of IDS 210 The Interdisciplinary Capstone Project, is a requirement of the Doral College Associate in Arts degree and fulfills academic program outcome six: “the student will participate in a project that incorporates the liberal arts curriculum in order to demonstrate the application and value of an interdisciplinary educational approach”. This course requires students to complete an interdisciplinary research-based project which combines at least two of disciplines addressed by the College’s academic program.

Considered the culminating effort of a student’s study with the College, the Capstone Project requires students to incorporate a variety of the skills they have mastered, including oral communication, synthesis, and in-depth research. The project is composed of four main parts, as follows:

  1. Project Identification: At this stage, a student should begin considering which disciplines and topics he/she wishes to explore, and who he/she would like to select as an Advisor for the project. Advisors must be credentialed by the Academic Dean to teach IDS 210. Students must also register for the course, even though it is independent study.
  2. Project Proposal: Next, the student will submit a project proposal which explains the goals and structure of the proposed project. For due dates, refer to the current Academic Calendar.
  3. Project Completion: Once the student has a proposal accepted by the Capstone Committee, he/she should work throughout the semester in conjunction with the Advisor to ensure the project is complete by the due date.
  4. Project Defense: After the project has been submitted to the Capstone Committee, each student will be scheduled for defense. The defense period lasts approximately 30 minutes.

Below, we have compiled a number of resources related to the project.

Course Outline: This master document further explains each of the project’s stages mentioned above. All students who intend to graduate should read and understand this document thoroughly.

Disciplines ListUpdated periodically, this document lists all disciplines currently addressed by the College’s AA program in order to assist students with selecting topics.

Sample Capstone Projects: Selected sample Capstone projects from students.

For additional assistance with the Capstone Project, visit Academic Support.


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