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Research Opportunities

Research Opportunities

Graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to pursue options for individualized study through internships, service learning, independent studies and thesis projects. When grants and funding allow, students may have opportunities to participate in faculty research as research assistants. These will be announced electronically and via the Communication Advising Office in 102-N Plaza.


Undergraduate students may pursue original research by pursuing magna and summa cum laude Latin honors project. Latin honors projects require the completion of a semester-long project during the senior year involving five to seven hours of work each week. Magna or summa cum laude honors are determined by the quality of the project the student completes; summa cum laude honors are the highest Latin honors available. The completion of a Latin honors project does not cost any money, and the project does not count as hours completed toward the 39 hours of Communication credit needed to fulfill the requirements for the major. Students who want to initiate a magna cum laude or summa cum laude Latin honors project should meet with the undergraduate advisor in Communication, Dr. Yoder, the semester before they plan on doing the project. Dr. Yoder will help students locate the most suitable faculty member in the Communication Department to direct the project. The supervising faculty member and Dr. Yoder will evaluate the project at the end of the semester to decide whether students qualify to receive magna or summa cum laude honors.

Additional Information for Undergraduates
Additional information about Latin honors may be obtained from e.j. Yoder, undergraduate advisor in PL 102-N, 303-918-6549, or

Graduate Students

Students in the academic track of our MA program may elect to pursue thesis research under faculty supervision or complete an original research project of substance. Four to six thesis credit hours are required for the thesis option. Students interested in pursuing research should talk to the Director of Graduate Studies at least one to two semesters before they intend to begin a project.

Additional Information for Graduate Students 
Graduate Students interested in pursuing original research projects should contact Dr. Lisa Keränen, Director of Graduate Studies, in PL 102-P, 303-556-5668 or