In the term of graduation, the student will select two or more faculty members of his/her choice to be 'readers' of the student's Senior Project. These faculty members will direct student research on the project and evaluate the student's work. As part of that project, the student must make a presentation to faculty, students, and the campus community.
The Senior Exit Exam is primarily an opportunity for the student to summarize and present the capabilities that he/she has developed in the program. It allows the student a chance to present his/her Senior Portfolio and the results from the Senior Project. In addition, the student will submit a reflection paper of at least 1000 words that critiques the learning experience, including personal growth from the senior project, service learning, and individual courses.
A review committee consisting of the Interdisciplinary Studies Program Director, the Liberal Studies Coordinator, and at least two other faculty members will schedule a brief interview with the student no later than one month before graduation. The final, edited senior project, the digital and hardcopy senior portfolio, and the summative essay will be presented to the Coordinator one week before the exit exam interview with the review committee.
For the senior exit exam, the student should demonstrate proficiency in the following areas:
- Written communication skills
- Oral communication skills
- Problem solving skills
- Competence in individual areas of study
- Integration of individual areas of study for meaningful interdisciplinary conclusions
Although the student will exhibit expertise in the two disciplines and two cognates of the major, it is especially important to show how these individual areas of study work together to provide meaningful insights through an interdisciplinary approach.
Questions to Consider:
- What projects, papers, or presentations have you accomplished as part of your Liberal Studies courses? Which of these are 'interdisciplinary'?
- How has your training prepared you to use interdisciplinary methods for problem solving?
- What effective oral and communication skills have you developed? How have these skills been displayed across a variety of disciplines?
- What is the relationship between the individual and society? How has your Liberal Studies program helped you define yourself and your role in society?
- What is the importance of understanding a diversity of views? Must all the issues we face in life be clear-cut, black-and-white, or does ambiguity serve a purpose in social engagement?
- Where are you headed in life, and how does this degree prepare you for that?