Some examples of capstone college papers include “Limitations of the Media and its Effects on the Political Process, “ by Shay Smith, and “Purposeful Play,” by Kathleen Swoboda. These papers satisfied the Master of Liberal Studies degree requirements of Kent State University and are available for downloading on Kent.edu.
A capstone paper is a research-driven thesis or essay written to culminate a student’s academic experience by exploring a specific topic in detail. They often require a minimum of six months to a year to research and write and are frequently a requirement of post-graduate degree programs. Some papers, such as “Should Public School Libraries Be Censored?” by Kim Stewart, call for the student to defend a particular position. Others involve an in-depth analysis of a particular subject, such as an untitled submission by Linda Payn of St. Edwards University that explores the relationship between student debt and the credit card policies of financial institutions.