In 2002-03 I participated in a Wabash Center colloquium for Pre-Tenure Faculty at Church-Related Institutions. Each participant was admitted to the colloquy based on their proposal for a teaching project. The work that I did on this project led to a redesign of our senior seminar at Elon and the addition of a sophomore level research/methods course to our required curriculum for the major. A description of my project follows:
“Examining the Role of the Senior Seminar as a Capstone Course in Religious Studies”
Dr. Rebecca Todd Peters, Elon University Project
I propose to redevelop the Senior Seminar in Religious Studies at Elon University in ways that will create a true capstone experience for our majors.
Background Over the last eleven years, this course has been one of the ongoing challenges of the department, as students and faculty have never been satisfied with the course. Over the years each member of the department has taught it in a variety of different ways. No one has yet figured out what to “do” with the Senior Seminar. Learning goals Based on the history and difficulty of this course in the department, I have the following learning goals for this project: