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Patrick S. Mcdonald
ENVIR 492
Seattle Campus

Post-Capstone Seminar

Build writing skills around course readings and discussion. Complete three final products: a capstone analysis paper summarizing and contextualizing work in ENVIR 491; an integrative essay reflecting on personal education; and a formal capstone presentation. Prerequisite: ENVIR 491. Offered: ASp.

Class description

This seminar is the final element of the Environmental Studies Capstone Experience. This course asks students to analyze and build on the work done during ENVIR 490 and 491, and it will help students prepare for professional life after graduation—either in the job market or in graduate school. Throughout the quarter, class time will be divided between the following tasks:

• Preparing for and receiving feedback about papers and presentations. • Discussing readings about issues in Environmental Studies that are related to your capstone projects; such readings can help you frame papers and presentations. • Participating in a variety of activities designed to help students build professional skills and explore post-graduation options.

Student learning goals

Analyzed how the Capstone Experience relates to major environmental and scholarly issues;

Strengthen students' ability to convey information orally and visually. Preparing the analysis paper and a presentation for our symposium at the end of the quarter will help students build these skills. In addition, students will have the opportunity to practice discussing Capstone and the UW Environmental Studies education with a variety of audiences, including potential employers;

Hone writing skills. Indeed, this course is designed to help students create a paper that can be used as a writing sample for graduate school applications and for potential employers.

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Patrick S. Mcdonald
Date: 07/25/2012