Undergraduate Program

Communication Studies (CMS) is the study of communication in relationships. These relationships can range anywhere from interpersonal to organizational. CMS majors are given the skills and knowledge they need to apply to a great variety of career paths.

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Undergraduate Research

Communication Studies actively involves undergraduate students in research in ways that contribute to new knowledge.

Professor Keri Stephens with undergraduate student Sarah Rayburn and graduate student Jennifer Deering Davis earned a "top paper" designation for "Mobile multitasking: Development of the electronic whispering scale" that was presented at the National Communication Association Conference.

Professor Jurgen Streeck sponsored a team of undergraduate and graduate students who are working on an undergraduate mentorship, entitled Micropolitics, studying the social interaction and embodied communication of the 2004 and 2008 presidential campaigns.

Professor Dawna Ballard developed a new signature undergraduate course, "Time Matters" in which students collected field data and wrote about a range of contemporary issues relevant to the experience of time in our lives.  This included research projects on multitasking, the role of technology in our pace of life, different cultural assumptions about punctuality, and the competing messages we receive in popular media about "living  in the moment," to name a few.  Ballard also sponsored an undergraduate/graduate student team to explore the compression of time and space typified by smartphones in contemporary organizational culture. Her team (which included three undergraduates and a doctoral student) found that smartphones and related technologies offer organizational members an opportunity to demonstrate competence through virtual everpresence.

CMS 177K / 377K / 477K

Faculty-Initiated Research - Individual Instruction

DESCRIPTION:

This course allows undergraduates to work with a Communication Studies faculty member on the faculty member's research. The faculty member will have designed the research project and the student will work as an assistant on the project. The exact nature of a student's tasks will be agreed to by the student and faculty member. Typically, students will be required to read related research and to write a paper about the research.

TEXTBOOKS/MATERIALS:

Determined by instructor.

GRADING SYSTEM:

Determined by instructor.

How to enroll:

Students who meet the prerequisites listed below and who have established a verbal agreement with a CMS instructor may pick up a registration form from their CMS academic advisor or from the CMS Department office. The completed form (including signatures) must be returned to a CMS academic advisor in BMC 2.600 for registration no later than the 12th class day of a fall or spring semester (second class day in summer).

Prerequisites for enrollment:
  • Upper-division standing (60 hours or more completed)
  • 2.5 overall GPA minimum / 12 hours of CMS completed

 

CMS 178K / 378K / 478K

Student-Initiated Research - Individual Instruction

DESCRIPTION:

This course allows undergraduates to pursue their own communication research project. Students taking this course are expected to come up with their own idea about what to research and to create their own plan for completing the research. Students must find a Communication Studies faculty member who is willing to supervise the project before enrolling in this course. Typically, students will need to read related research and to write a paper reporting on the results of the project. It is recommended, though not required, that students complete CMS 177K, 377K, OR 477K before enrolling in 178K/378K./478K.

TEXTBOOKS/MATERIALS:

Determined by instructor.

GRADING SYSTEM:

Determined by instructor.

How to enroll:

Students who meet the prerequisites listed below and who have established a verbal agreement with a CMS instructor may pick up a registration form their CMS academic advisor or from the CMS Department office. The completed form (including signatures) must be returned to a CMS academic advisor in BMC 2.600 for registration no later than the 12th class day of a fall or spring semester (second class day in summer).

Prerequisites for enrollment:
  • Upper-division standing (60 hours or more completed)
  • 2.5 overall GPA minimum / 12 hours of CMS completed
  • RECOMMENDED PREQUISITE:  Completion of CMS 177K/377K/477K

No more than 6 hours of research coursework may count toward the degree. Research courses include CMS 178K/378K/478K and CMS 177K/377K/477K)