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Research & Scholarship

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:

  1. 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 that will be presented at the Spokane Intercollegiate Research Conference (SIRC).
  2. Assist a faculty member with his or her research.
  3. Conduct research as an Independent Study.

Students who have conducted their own projects, worked in research teams or worked collaboratively with a faculty member have presented their work at the Spokane Intercollegiate Research Conference (SIRC).

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 Marital 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.