Picture the New Paltz student in the home stretch of her capstone project. After years of exploring, inquiring, synthesizing, integrating, and—let’s face it, toiling—capstone students plunge into a pool of unknown depth, driven by passionate conviction.
In his senior English seminar, entitled, “Skins, Paper, Screens,” Associate Professor Cyrus Mulready invited students to view books as material objects and explore the ways in which a book’s design, or use in everyday life, might add new dimensions to its textual reading.
When a highly motivated student parlays a successful capstone project into an independent study with a faculty mentor, the results speak to the dynamic exchange of ideas at the heart of liberal learning.
The Digital Media Production major marries the technical and aesthetic concerns of filmmaking with a Liberal Arts focus on research, creative problem solving and storytelling. Digital Filmmaking, the major’s capstone course, asks students to create two high-quality finished projects, a short narrative or music video and a documentary, which form the foundation of students’ professional …
Sisyphus, the mythological boulder-lifter synonymous with futility, might seem an unlikely hero for the bright-eyed Philosophy major Rachel Silverbloom. But in contemplating the figure through the lens of Albert Camus’s philosophical essays, she has found a sense of intellectual purpose and an uncompromising, personal vision.