At Unity College, we believe in education that delivers practical skills to tackle today’s environmental issues. That’s why our programs include capstone experiences so you can take what you’ve learned in your classes and apply it to projects in the real world.
Why does Unity include capstone projects in its undergraduate and graduate programs? Because we know when students are engaged with hands-on projects that focus their skills, the result is a meaningful experience they can apply in the workforce. Capstone projects are shown to:
- improve a student’s speaking and communication skills;
- showcase what students have learned and also highlight their ability to learn by synthesizing data to address real issues;
- build students’ resumes for potential employers; and
- help students understand how the various courses in their program integrate into an academic discipline.
Whether it’s for a Sustainable MBA or an Environmental Criminal Justice undergraduate program, capstone projects put Unity students to work in diverse settings. Picture designing a pollinator garden for a capstone project and seeing that turn into a jumping-off point for job opportunities in urban planning, community organizing, and more. That’s the power of the capstone experience.
Our undergraduate students complete Unity’s Transdisciplinary Environmental Studies Capstone. Students in this course integrate what they’ve learned into a project that addresses a real issue, displaying their communication, planning, and creative skills along the way. Undergraduate students will also receive an early introduction to the Capstone process within their first semester Professional Skills course. This allows them to hit the ground running and begin thinking about their Capstone experience early on in their studies.
Because our capstone projects are based on real-world issues, students can draw important connections between their classes and the workplace. Students will have practical experiences to pitch to potential employers, or they can use the project as an opportunity to engage with their current employer in a new and vital way. When you apply your skills to a workforce-related project, you’ll see your field from a new perspective.
At the graduate level, Unity students are engaging in hands-on coursework that applies their skills to real-world projects. Environmental GIScience students analyze and interpret GIS and remotely sensed data to address an environmental problem they’ve identified along with the help of a faculty advisor. Their work is then highlighted in a public presentation, whether that’s oral, visual, or in written form. Our graduates have produced fact sheets, reports, educational YouTube videos, in-depth PowerPoint presentations, and more. If you’re a Sustainable MBA student, you might team up with other Unity students on a project along with faculty guidance to demonstrate your finance, communication, marketing, sustainability, and strategic management skills.
All along the way, Unity students are supported in developing, designing, and executing their capstone projects. That’s why we split our capstone courses into two sections—the first section guides students through the process of identifying and designing the project, while the second section allows students to get to work.
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