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What are the requirements for the ecopsychology capstone project?

June 15, 2011

Given the lack of an outside accrediting body, an integrative capstone project is key to illustrating student competency, the value of the certificate, and to meet aspirational goals of advancing ecopsychology as an academic field. The structure of the capstone experience was designed to utilize existing courses and to ensure maximum flexibility. With prior approval of Certificate and department advisors, students can use existing thesis, independent study, or elective offerings to meet the capstone requirement. Details will be clarified on a case-by-case basis.

Capstone Sequence:

  1. Proposal: The capstone proposal will be approved by a committee (of at least 2 Ecopsychology faculty or 1 faculty and an outside connect reader, or existing thesis committee).
  2. Evaluation: Each project will contain clear goals, competencies, or outcomes, and be measured by the assessment of those goals and their integration of the Certificate concepts or competencies.
  3. Approval: Capstone requirements will be met through completion of project (e.g., thesis or independent or completion of approved electives).


The Capstone Project may include:

  • Thesis (CPSY 595)
  • Practicum (CPSY 544) Approved proposal would be required, can use existing site or new site to be identified
  • Independent Study (CPSY 599) in creative arts, performance or public presentation with synthesis paper (Approved proposal required)
  • Elective Courses (2 semester hours total; rationale and proposal required). Examples of recently offered courses that could be considered as electives with approval of Certificate advisor and the course instructor:
    • CPSY 590 Somatic Psychology (1 semester hour)
    • CPSY 590 Theory & Practice of Dialogue (1 semester hour)
    • CPSY 590 Critical Theory and Liberation Psychology (1)
    • CPSY 593 Spirituality & Counseling (2)
    • CPSY 521 Counseling Native American Communities (2)
    • CPSY 522 Expressive Arts Therapy (2)
    • Education Courses (e.g., LA/SS 591 Envisioning Sustainable Society, ED 570/LA 557 Teaching the Literature of Nature)
    • Documentary Studies courses
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