Senior Capstone

NMSU Honors Capstone Guidelines

The Honors Capstone represents a significant academic accomplishment that caps off the student's learning and academic achievement consistent with their discipline, professional needs, and mission of the Honors College.


Capstone Project

The majority of Honors capstones will be a piece of original research, scholarship, or creative project consistent with the conventions of the discipline completed under the supervision of a faculty advisor.


Capstone Internship

Alternatively, students in professional areas that put a premium on documented field experience may also propose to complete their capstone requirement through a high-level internship or professional practicum with an original project that addresses a question or need relevant for the placement and the student's professional development.

Major projects that do not fit neatly into either of these categories may also be negotiated with the Dean consistent with the capstone goals and principles for approval.


Although there is wide variability in what can be approved for the Honors Capstone and which credits might be used, there is a general set of principles that should be followed. Honors Capstone Projects should...

  • Be a significant project beyond the work completed in a standard three credit class
  • Be proposed in advance with approval from an advisor and/or the Honors Office
  • Require work at a high level (early professional level) appropriate to the field
  • Generate an original final product that can be submitted to the Honors Office for documentation
  • Be shared with others beyond the advisor and Honors Office
  • Be a useful enterprise that elevates student achievement with preparation for next steps beyond NMSU!


Students that have similar capstone requirements in their field of study may petition to substitute the project in their field as long as the extra requirements for the Honors capstone are also met (proposal in advance, special project, etc.).


Reminder: Proposals for capstone credits need to be completed in advance of the semester you are looking to earn credit!

Capstone Project Form


Recommended Capstone Project Proposal Format (HNRS 400)