All LACA concentrators must complete a capstone project.
Students undertaking a capstone project are encouraged to enroll in LACA 1900. Alternatively, they may elect to enroll in one or two semesters of independent study (LACA 1990, LACA 1991) with their thesis/project advisor.
Options for the capstone project include:
A) Honors Thesis
The honors thesis may follow one of the two formats listed below:
Either thesis project must be supervised by a primary advisor and a secondary reader. Both must be Brown professors, chosen by the student and approved by the concentration advisor. The primary thesis advisor takes an active role in the paper, regularly meeting with the student throughout the year. The secondary reader reviews and provides feedback on one draft of the paper and the final product.
For additional information about Honors eligibility in LACA, please visit here.
The thesis may qualify a student to graduate with Honors, if the student meets the additional requirements and follows the timeline listed here, and receives the unanimous recommendation of their primary advisor and secondary reader, as well as approval from the concentration advisor.
B) Capstone Project
The capstone project may follow one of the two formats listed below:
The capstone project is supervised by one faculty advisor, who is a Brown professor, chosen by the student and approved by the concentration advisor.
The above two capstone project formats cannot qualify the student for honors.