How to enroll in a Capstone
It's easy to enroll in a Capstone, and a few "secret features" make it easier. First off, keep in mind that, even with the variety of course topics, every Capstone does the same thing: help you review your education and help you preview to lifelong commitments to work, relationships, society, and spirituality. So, even if the course topic you wanted isn't available, every seminar will help you with your personal development. Also remember, you're allowed to take only one Capstone at Boston College.
How do you enroll? Every Capstone is listed as a University course between UN500 and UN599. Other UN courses are not Capstones. But many Capstones are cross-listed in the home departments of the professors, except for professors in the sciences. Therefore, some seats in each course are assigned to the UN listing, some to the department listing. Try both.
What if you can't get in? Many professors keep a wait list. Some even reserve seats, so that students who are eager enough to call will get in. Call or email the professor to explain your interest, and your chances will usually be strong! If you get a "bad" registration number, it makes sense to call the professor before registration begins. Many are happy to reserve a spot early for the eager beavers.
Keep in mind a few ground rules of Capstone:
- Capstone is open only to seniors and second-semester juniors.
- Capstone cannot be taken Pass/Fail.
- The College allows students to take only one Capstone seminar, whether under UN or department number, whether in one semester or more. This is to assure fairness to many students who can't get into Capstone. If you do take more than one, your dean will remove it from your record, and you will be one course short at graduation.
- If a Capstone is cross-listed in the professor's home department (e.g., Philosophy, Communication, English, Theology, Economics, Sociology), it usually counts as an elective toward the major. Check to make sure.
- Capstones usually take 15 students. At the professor's discretion, some courses go to a maximum of 20. A limited number promotes better discussions.