UB Curriculum Capstone (UBC 399) is your culminating general education requirement. It is a one-credit course in which you will work, with the support of your Capstone instructor, to create a reflective and integrative Capstone ePortfolio based on your UB Curriculum coursework and lived experiences outside of the classroom.
We recommend that in advance of registering for the Capstone, you begin to select coursework samples and archive your work as you proceed through the UB Curriculum coursework. With the Capstone instructor’s guidance and support, you will create the Capstone ePortfolio in a step-by-step process throughout the term. The instructor will periodically review sections of the portfolio and provide you with constructive feedback. You are required to successfully complete UBC 399 to be eligible for graduation.
Multiple reflections on course connection and learning are the focus of the ePortfolio. You will review the courses you have taken to fulfill UB Curriculum requirements and critically reflect on your learning. During this process, you will select course “artifacts” to represent important aspects of your learning across courses. These artifacts are placed in your Capstone ePortfolio, along with captions that describe the purpose for including the particular piece of work and the aspect of learning it demonstrates. You will integrate the knowledge and experiences from your UB Curriculum courses by making connections across classroom learning, co-curricular activities, and lived experiences.
Having completed the Capstone, you will be able to:
You can register for UBC 399 once you have either completed or are registered for all other UB Curriculum requirements. The UB Seminar is a pre-requisite for UBC 399. Make sure that you have used the Path Finder Tool to select and save your Pathway courses to HUB. Once your Academic Advising Report (AAR) shows that all areas of the UB Curriculum — with the exception of the Capstone — are satisfied, you can register for UBC 399. If you are not yet Capstone-ready, your registration for UBC 399 will be blocked.
UBC 399 is offered in fall, winter, spring and summer. Students who do not successfully complete the Capstone on their first attempt will be directed to repeat it in any subsequent term.
You can register once you have completed the UB Seminar and have completed or are concurrently enrolled in the remaining UB Curriculum courses. Ineligible students are blocked from registering.
Follow instructions on the Office of the Registrar’s website to resign from UBC 399 (registrar.buffalo.edu/registration/howtoregister/drop-add-resign.php). You can enroll in any future section of the Capstone, including summer and winter session.
UBC 399 is taught virtually and involves weekly online activities that support the creation of your Capstone ePortfolio. You should plan for at least three hours of engagement with course activities and assignments each week.
The Capstone requires you to examine your course experiences. Toward that end, you will need to save “artifacts,” which are representative examples of coursework from your general education classes. For example, perhaps you wrote a particularly meaningful paper for your ENG105 course, or completed a significant lab assignment from your Scientific Literacy course. Ultimately, you should preserve any important coursework you feel was especially relevant to you.
You should refer to the Transfer Credit Report (TCR) and the Academic Advising Report (AAR) to determine how transfer work articulates to UB Curriculum requirements. Transfer courses are just as valid for inclusion in your ePortfolio as courses taken at UB.