Volume 5

Volume 5, Number 30

December 3, 2007

10 pages460 K bytes

Capstone Project Experiences: Integrating Computer Science and the Liberal Arts

Gail Miles
Lenoir-Rhyne College
Hickory, NC 28603 USA

Kathleen M. Kelm
Edgewood College
Madison, WI 53711 USA

Abstract: This paper provides an overview and comparison of a one-year capstone experience using a two-semester software engineering project-based model, offered by two small, liberal-arts colleges, Lenoir-Rhyne College and Edgewood College. The capstone experience has been offered at both colleges for the past 15 years. The paper details the structure of the capstone project experience, concentrating on the integration of the liberal arts with the technical education of CS within the framework of project and team work. A discussion on the benefits and challenges of integrating liberal arts follows, with a specific focus on student preparedness for employment as IS/IT professionals. Recommendations for others teaching a professional program within a liberal arts environment conclude the paper.

Keywords: IS education, capstone project, liberal arts, IS2002 curriculum, ACM curriculum, software engineering, SDLC

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Recommended Citation: Miles and Kelm (2007). Capstone Project Experiences: Integrating Computer Science and the Liberal Arts. Information Systems Education Journal, 5 (30). http://isedj.org/5/30/. ISSN: 1545-679X. (A preliminary version appears in The Proceedings of ISECON 2006: §2344. ISSN: 1542-7382.)