The Senior Assignment is the culminating undergraduate experience at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Senior Assignments are designed by faculty in each department or program, and integrate general education capabilities along with competencies of the major area of study. All seniors must successfully complete a Senior Assignment to receive a baccalaureate degree from SIUE.
Although Senior Assignments may have similar characteristics, including public presentation of the students’ work, they are unique to each program. Thus in Art and Design studio classes, students create works of art and produce an artist’s statement on their body of work. They then plan, design, promote and implement a formal display of their artwork in a public showing. In Mechanical Engineering, students spend a semester researching, outlining and planning a specific design project. They spend the next semester implementing and developing these projects, along with writing technical reports and giving oral presentations that are evaluated by a panel of industry professionals. Students in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology work with clients in the department’s clinic at the University. They evaluate and write case studies based on this work, then present formal clinical posters on these studies to faculty in the department.
SIUE’s Senior Assignment was noted as a “Principle in Practice” in “College Learning for the New Global Century,” published by the Association of American Colleges and Universities in 2007. Additionally, SIUE was recognized for the seventh consecutive year by U.S.News and World Report in its publication “America's Best Colleges 2012” for having an outstanding senior capstone experience.
For individual department Senior Assignment descriptions or more information, please visit the Senior Assignment section of the Office of Academic Innovation and Effectiveness’ web page.