Senior Capstone Descriptions

The Capstone Experience, completed near the end of baccalaureate studies, integrates liberal learning with specialized knowledge. Each Capstone emphasizes sharing of ideas, synthesis, and critical, informed action and reflection, and each includes student initiative in defining and investigating problems or projects.

Capstones may be completed in or outside student's majors; in some departments, for psychology majors, the Capstone Experience is a requirement. All Capstones presume a significant scholarly background of specialized study in a major as well as in liberal education course work. In other words, a Capstone does more than culminate years of baccalaureate study: it culminates a student's liberal education.

Ordinarily, a Capstone Experience is taken at Miami and completed in the senior year (minimum of 96 hours registered or earned). Students who plan to transfer any course to meet the Capstone requirement must obtain permission from the Office of Liberal Education before they take the course.

Senior Capstone/Senior Course Titles and Descriptions

Spring Semester 2022

PSY 410F Section B 

Capstone : Psychology of Fandom Social Psychology

Instructor: Dr. Shannon Pinegar

Tuesday/Thursday 10:05am - 11:25am (Face-to-Face)

This course will examine different aspects of fandom through a psychological lens. Topics will include exploring what it means to be a fan, motivations for engaging in fan culture, narrative identification, and methods of engaging in fan cultures. The goal is to introduce students to aspects of fan culture and the study of media fandom. Students will also gain hands-on experience in the methodology of fan studies. 

PSY 410K Section A

Capstone: Cross Cultural Clinical Psychology

Instructor: Dr. Samantha Clark

Tuesday/Thursday 11:40am - 1:00pm (Face-to-Face)

What is the role of culture in understanding how people function — our self perceptions, relationships, personality, and psychological well-being? How are people's lives, minds, and behaviors affected by intercultural encounters, cultural transitions, and cross-cultural mobility in a globalized world? In this course, we will critically examine the importance of culture for psychological processes, focusing both on cross-cultural comparisons and the ways people enact and shape their cultural identities in everyday life. WE will examine the role cultural processes play with regard to socialization, family and youth, self-perceptions, clinical psychology, and gender dynamics. 


PSY 410P Section A

Capstone: Community Psychology

Instructor: Dr. Paul Flaspohler

Wednesday/Friday 10:05am - 11:25am (Face-to-Face)

This is a year long capstone experience that started in the Fall. Students in the course are learning about the principles, values, and approaches taken by community psychologists in promoting health and well-being and preventing harm. This year, students are working on assessing programs, practices, and policies related to preventing intimate partner violence and sexual assault and harassment at Miami using a framework established in partnership with RAND and others. Students have been working on the project since September. There are a limited number of opportunities for additional students to participate if willing to catch up/make up work already completed by students in the course. Interested students should reach out to Dr. Flaspohler ( for more details. 

PSY 410U Section A

Capstone: Development of Social Cognition

Instructor: Dr. Vrinda Kalia

Wednesday/Friday 1:15pm - 2:35pm (Face-to-Face)

How do children become social partners in their world? The 'social' in social cognition relates to the ways in which children become social begins —how they are shaped by their social world and in turn shape it. This  course is designed to provide you with an overview of contemporary research and theories about the development of children's thinking about their social world. As part of this course we will explore basic mechanisms in cognitive development and social development. We will emphasize the role of biological factors (e.g. brain plasticity) and socio-cultural factors (e.g. family) in determining this development.  

PSY 458 Section A

Capstone: Neuroscience

Instructor: Dr. Peter Simson

Monday/Wednesday/Friday 8:55am - 9:50am (Face-to-Face)