Pygmalion, Prometheus, and the Art of the Capstone


  • Theresa Ann Dougal Moravian College


senior capstone seminar


This article focuses upon my experience in developing and teaching our English Department’s relatively new senior capstone seminar, in which I’ve made “creativity” the theme. Ours is a small department with a curriculum that consciously integrates the study of literature with the study of writing, and so our capstone course must address the needs and interests of students with a variety of curricular emphases. Students synthesize and expand upon what they have learned throughout their English major, and here I share how the course’s theme, topics, and requirements have effectively served our graduating seniors and our department.

Author Biography

  • Theresa Ann Dougal, Moravian College
    English Department Professor Theresa Dougal is Professor of English at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA. (B.A., Boston College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Chicago). She teaches courses on early 19th-century British and American literature, the art of poetry, literature and the moral life, as well as the senior capstone seminar and a first-year writing seminar. Her recent scholarship focuses on teaching environmental sustainability within English Studies and the humanities.