Seminar courses should offer multiple options

Sitting in a circle with my fellow philosophy and religion majors, I soon realized after five people said they were going to graduate school that I was in the minority. It happens that I am not going to pursue a post-graduate degree and it got me thinking — could I be doing something better with my time than taking a class for pre-graduate school students?
As my time at Truman State comes to a close, I am moving deeper into the capstone of my philosophy and religion major. I realize every major has something different for their seniors. For example, I know psychology deals with conducting research. However, I think the variety for the philosophy and religion major is lacking.
To clarify, I am not disagreeing with a capstone class or project — I think it is important to gather all of your skills from your time at college and put them to one final test. However, I can’t help but think a little variety might be useful to many students besides myself. The fact is, there are students, like me, who want to join the workforce directly after graduation, but are in a degree that traditionally is followed by a graduate degree. The philosophy and religion capstone focuses on cultivating a master’s-thesis type paper and defending it from your peers and professors. It’s great for the majority of my class that is going to graduate school, but not for me.
Knowing how to write is a necessary skill and being able to defend what you write is invaluable, but these are things I have accumulated through my studies here at Truman — I’d like to put them to test in the real world through something such as an internship. As I said before, the whole point of a capstone is to take the skills you have learned and show that you have mastered them. A thesis-based setting for an aspiring grad student is perfect, but for those that are joining the workforce post-graduation, give them an internship for credit option instead.
An article published in the May 2010 Chronicle of Higher Education states many employers would like to see students receive credit for their internships. Offering credit for these internships would give students an even greater incentive to pursue and gain experience that could help them with their post-graduate plans. Putting what you’ve learned in class to the test in the real world can help you determine if joining the work force straight out of college is something you want to do. Then again, you might change your mind and decide to continue   your education.
Whatever your motives, offering students a variety of options to express what they have learned would be a great solution to a very one-sided capstone project.