The Communication Studies department offers a number of opportunities to get involved in research. Students will take Introduction to Communication Research (JMC/SP 209) where they will be introduced to the research process. After taking Communication Research students can get involved in conducting original research in three different ways:
- Take Advanced Research in Communication. The course provides students with the opportunity to develop a working knowledge of both quantitative and qualitative research methods by engaging directly in all aspects of the research process. Students will develop a research project based on an important area of study within the field of communication, execute the research project, and write a full research paper which will be presented at the Spokane Intercollegiate Research Conference (SIRC).
- Assist a faculty member with his or her research.
- Conduct research as an Independent Study.
Talk to your advisor if you have any questions about getting involved in research.
Student Research Topics (2006-2016)
- Relational Maximization and Commitment in Romantic Relationships.
- Effective Communication in the Workplace.
- Relational Maximization and Affection Deprivation in Romantic Relationships.
- Relational Maximization and Use of Affectionate Communication in Romantic Relationships.
- CMC and Romantic Relationship Development.
- How Verbal Aggression and Communication Competence Affect Martial Satisfaction.
- Altruistic Lies in Romantic Relationships.
- “I don’t know how I feel about you…”: Relational Uncertainty in Dating Relationships.
- Religious Conversation, Relational Messages, and Conversational Goals.
- Communication of Affection in Cross-Sex Friendships.
- I Won’t Forget You! Memorable Characteristics in Initial Interactions.
- Communication Channel Use in Long-Distance and Proximal Romantic Relationships.
- The Communication of Social Support in Full and Step-Sibling Relationships.
- Understanding Self-Disclosure in Long Distance Romantic Relationships and Geographically Close Romantic Relationships.
- Understanding Discussions of Religion: Narrative Accounts of Positive and Negative Interactions.
- The Use of Conflict Tactics in Long-Distance Romantic Relationships and Geographically Close Romantic Relationship
- Separation Anxiety: Analyzing Media Coverage of Issues of Law and Faith in Town of Greece v. Galloway. (published in Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion. Vol. 11, Article 2.)
- Unnamed and at risk? Examining anonymous student speech in the college/university environment.