Research Opportunities

The Communication Studies Department requires all students taking COMM1500 and COMM1110 to satisfy a 2 credit departmental research requirement. Students must earn 2 credits for each Communication Studies class that requires or offers research participation (e.g., students cannot use one research opportunity to apply to two classes). The Research Requirement must be completed on or before the last day of class (i.e., the day before Reading Day). Failure to fulfill the research requirement will result in a grade of Incomplete (I). In order to remove the Incomplete (I), you must complete the research requirement in a future semester.


The research opportunities are also available for students taking higher-level COMM courses that offer extra credits.


Six research options are offered to fulfill this requirement with varying credit allotment:

  • Option 1: Participation in a lab-based research study = 2 credits
  • Option 2: Participation in an online study = 1 credit
  • Option 3: Attendance and reflection of a live debate = 1 credit
  • Option 4: Attendance and reflection of the Public Speaking Contest = 1 credit
  • Option 5: Attendance and reflection of a Communication Studies presentation = 1 credit
  • Option 6: Written analysis of a Communication research article = 2 credits


The Communication Studies Department regards student participation in these research endeavors as an educational experience.

Scholarly inquiry in the field of communication aims to systematically advance knowledge about how humans create, interpret, and respond to messages. Ultimately, our research helps us to understand how and why humans communicate the way they do. Therefore, the research contributions made by students of the Department of Communication Studies are a lasting part of the body of social scientific knowledge about communication.

For further information on research opportunities, download this document: Guide for Undergraduates

Click here to find out currently available research opportunities.  

Removing Enrollment from a Research Opportunity

If you have signed up for a research opportunity but can no longer participate, you may request to have your name removed from the opportunity sign-up list. Please email the researcher who is in charge of the study listed on the research opportunity website with the subject "Request Removal from Research Opportunity Sign-up." If you do not hear back from the researchers, e-mail the department's Research Coordinator, Dr. Jiaying Liu ( In your email you need to include all of the following: your full name, the email address you used to sign-up, the name of the research opportunity, the day and time slot of the research opportunity (if applicable), and the reason for your removal. You will receive a follow-up email after you have been removed.