The main goal of this course is to introduce students to the social scientific tradition of communication research. Over the course of the semester, students will be responsible fordeveloping an interesting and novel research question and/or hypotheses based on scientific literature and theory. Students will learn how to critically evaluate empirical research and employ the scientific method to investigate issues and questions that arise within the study of human communication. Students will become familiar with survey research, experimentation, and techniques for data analysis.
Prerequisites: Completion of or concurrent enrollment with COMM 230 or 330; or permission of instructor.