Towson University recognizes that classroom instruction can only take you so far. The best learning opportunities are those when you must apply your skills in the real world. The Capstone Project requires you to research a specific real-world issue and synthesize an original argument about a precise policy outcome (an event or condition that ought to be about or prevented).
The project must be on a topic in an area of research or application that is interesting and relevant to homeland security. The research design and conduct of the project will be overseen by a faculty advisor. Students will frame the problem, carry out data collection, conduct the analysis, make recommendations and present their findings.
IHSM 881 Capstone Project I can be taken after completing 15 credits in the program. Students unable to complete the project in one semester, must register for IHSM 882 Capstone Project II or IHSM 885 Capstone Project Continuum in order to continue the project into the next semester. Prior to registration for the IHSM 881 course, the student must obtain approval from a faculty advisor and the IHSM Program Director. Students should contact the Program Director two months before the semester during which they expect to register for 881.
Here are the basic steps for completing the Capstone Project.
Prior to registering for IHSM 881, students must submit a project proposal to the Program Director. If the proposal is accepted, the director will grant permission for the student to register for IHSM 881.
To develop their proposal, students should contact a faculty member listed below to find a faculty advisor for their project. The faculty advisor will then guide the student through the development of the proposal. Once the faculty advisor has approved the proposal, it will then be submitted to the Program Director for review.
Note: This process takes some time. Students must initiate this process months before the semester during which they would like to do the project.
Below is a suggested outline of what should be included in your final project report.
The following IHSM faculty have agreed to serve as faculty advisors for the Capstone Project. If you canot find an advisor, the Program Director will either assign another available faculty member or serve as your advisor.