Fundamentals of communications research methods and applications. Topics include survey research, observational and experimental studies, primary research data-gathering techniques, secondary research sources, data analysis, message, market, competitive and audience research measures.
Supervised professional experience of research outside the classroom. For three internship credit hours, a student is to work 135 hours with an approved agency; for two credit hours, 90 hours, for one credit, 45 hours. For an internship or for an independent study, a contract must be signed by the student and by the instructor of record and other designated faculty and administrators. A student may repeat COMM U399 once with a difference internship or independent study contract description for a total of no more than six hours of undergraduate credit.
Reading and research on selected topics in communication studies, mass media and/or public relations designed to integrate knowledge, to explore ethical issues, and to gain experience in research and oral presentation.