Undergraduate Research

The department offers several opportunities for undergraduates to conduct research in collaboration with our faculty or to design your own research projects. Assisting faculty with research will help you understand better how research on media content, processes and effects is designed and conducted, and will provide you with research skills that will benefit you in your courses, and that may be invaluable in your future careers. You will also learn how to interact and communicate with faculty and other researchers, gain new mentors and friends, and learn to work effectively in a team.

The University of Michigan Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)

UROP creates partnerships between students and Michigan faculty, providing a wealth of research opportunities for students primarily with freshman or sophomore standing without previous research experience. More than 1000 students work on real research and real scholarship with over 600 faculty members. For more information about research opportunities at the University of Michigan please refer to the UROP webpage.

Faculty Directed Undergraduate Research Practicum

Comm 322 offers an opportunity for students to acquire knowledge and skills for conducting research in mass communication and mass media working on faculty research projects under the close supervision of a Communication Studies faculty supervisor.

Research experiences may include:

  • Participation in regular research meetings
  • Collecting, coding and/or analyzing data
  • Preparation of written or oral reports
  • Final research project to be determined by the faculty supervisor

Students may earn 1-3 credits per term and no more than 6 credits total for Comm 322. For additional information refer to Comm 322 policies and procedures.

Communication Studies Honors Program

The honors program offers a special opportunity for declared Communication Studies seniors with strong academic records and a desire to pursue individual scholarly research. Students admitted to the honors program design and conduct an individual research project and write a senior honors thesis. Please see the Honors Program for more information.

Independent Student Reading and Research

Comm 441: Independent Reading is a course of study designed by a declared Communication Studies major and sponsoring faculty member intended for individualized instruction in subject areas not covered by scheduled courses.  Students wishing to conduct independent reading must prepare a proposed reading list and assignments approved by the faculty sponsor.  The length and quality of the assignments should be equivalent to the regular work in a 400-level course.  Students are expected to meet regularly with the faculty sponsor throughout the term to discuss the topic and progress toward the course goals.

Comm 442: Independent Research is intended for a declared Communication Studies major for original, individualized student research under the direction of a faculty supervisor.  Independent Research may be not be used to provide research support to a faculty member.  Students interested in conducting an independent research project must submit a written project proposal to the faculty supervisor for approval.  The length and quality of the project should be equivalent to the regular work in a 400-level course.  Students are expected to meet regularly with the faculty sponsor through the term to discuss the research and progress toward the course goals.

Students may earn 3-4 credits per term for Comm 441 or Comm 442.  May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits. For additional information refer to Comm 441/Comm 442 policies and procedures.