WRT 4998:
Oakland University
Winter 2019
CRN: 12382


Jim Nugent




378 O'Dowd Hall



Course Description

WRT 4998: Capstone provides tested experience for writing and rhetoric majors developed in consultation with the instructor based on student interests and professional goals. Experiences can include internal or external internship experiences, research assistantships, or thesis projects. May be repeated once in a different setting. Satisfies the university general education requirement for a writing intensive course in general education or the major, not both. Prerequisite for writing intensive: completion of the university writing foundation requirement. Prerequisites: declared writing major, junior or senior standing, and permission of instructor.

This course satisfies the Writing Intensive in General Education (WIGE) requirement or the Writing Intensive in the Major (Writing and Rhetoric) requirement, but not both. This course also meets the General Education Capstone requirement.

Course Description

Most students elect to pursue either an internship or academic research (thesis) project:

General Education Outcomes

Cross-Cutting Capacities

Course Objectives

This course will provide students an opportunity to:

  1. Identify, apply for, and obtain an approved internship relevant to the students professional interests and track within the writing and rhetoric major or develop and bring to fruition a scholarly/intellectual project geared toward publication or public presentation in an academic setting;
  2. Draw connections between academic work and the professional world;
  3. Develop a professional persona, while gaining important experience in professional and/or scholarly environments; and
  4. Develop a professional portfolio geared toward the next step in their academic or professional careers.


  1. Students will fulfill all of the obligations of the internship thoughtfully and professionally. For thesis projects, students will propose, complete the research for, and deliver a final paper or project fulfilling goals developed with the internship coordinator and project mentor.
  2. Students will complete all assignments and requirements for the course thoughtfully and punctually.
  3. Students will meet with the adviser periodically throughout the semester to provide updates on the progress of the internship.
  4. Students will meet on campus with other capstone students one or more times during the semester.


All projects are due by the conclusion of the final exam period.


  1. Supervisor’s Evaluation. While this is not an assignment for the intern, it is an important part of the final grade. During the internship, the department’s internship director will be in contact with the on-site supervisor to monitor the progress of the intern. At the end of the internship, the on-site supervisor will write an evaluation letter as well as fill out an evaluation form.
  2. Internship Hours Verification. You will need to submit, with your final assignments, a signed document from your on-site adviser logging the total hours that you worked for the organization. This can be included with the supervisor’s evaluation letter.
  3. Reflective Journal. Over the course of your internship, you will keep a journal to record and reflect upon your experiences (minimum of 1,500 words).
  4. Professional Portfolio and Final Reflection. You will develop a final portfolio tailored to your particular professional goals. As part of this portfolio, you will write a reflective paper that analyzes your internship and its relationship to your academic work (2,000 words minimum).


  1. Project Proposal. Due during the fourth week of classes, the proposal will provide an outline of your thesis project plan and specify a project timeline and a working bibliography (minimum of 500 words, exclusive of the bibliography).
  2. Annotated Bibliography. You will identify at least three new scholarly works related to your thesis project and complete an annotated bibliography (minimum of 1,500 words total).
  3. Thesis Project. Your final project will be at least 4,000 words in length. This project may be entirely original or may synthesize and expand projects completed in prior Writing and Rhetoric courses.
  4. Final Portfolio and Reflection. You will develop a final portfolio tailored to your particular academic or professional goals.


I will give grades (0.0, 1.0–4.0) for all graded assignments in this class. Expectations for each assignment will be tailored to the unique nature of each student's capstone experience.

The final course grade will be calculated as follows:


Valid documentation logging the intern's working hours must be submitted to receive a passing grade. If an internship extends beyond the semester, a grade of I (Incomplete) will be assigned until the internship is finalized.


Supervisor's Evaluation


Reflective Journal


Professional Portfolio and Final Reflection


An approved thesis proposal is required to receive a passing grade.


Annotated Bibliography


Thesis Project


Professional Portfolio and Final Reflection

Course Policies

ADA Notice

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