• Communication Studies

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    Communication Studies
    MS-B1801
    Hamline University
    1536 Hewitt Avenue
    Saint Paul, MN 55104

    651-523-2296

    Patricia Palmerton
    Department Chair
    651-523-2228
    ppalmerton@hamline.edu

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    Communication Studies Research

    All Communication Studies students at Hamline University have the opportunity to engage in meaningful research. Every student completes a major senior research project as part of the major. Some students undertake more extensive projects, through pursuing Departmental Honors or engaging in Collaborative Research. Here we describe what is involved in undertaking Departmental Honors in Communication Studies, and we provide some examples of research undertaken by students.

    Honors in Communication Studies

    All junior Communication Studies majors who have a minimum GPA of 3.5 in major courses are invited to apply for the departmental honors program. The student undertaking honors identifies an area of interest in which to do independent research and discusses this with a faculty member in Communication Studies. Candidates for departmental honors must then complete an application form obtained from the department and submit it to the department for approval, no later than 14 months prior to expected graduation. If approved, the candidate will work closely with the departmental advisor to complete an independent research project, which will be documented in a written honors thesis and will be presented to an examination committee. If both the written thesis and oral examination are deemed worthy of honors, a copy of the thesis is bound and filed in the Hamline University Bush Library. Departmental Honors are awarded at graduation. Collaborative research projects may or may not be honors projects. All students complete a research project as part of their senior research seminar work. 

    Departmental Honors Research Projects

    2008  

    Maura Youngman
    Student Question-Asking Behavior in Co-educational versus Single-Sex Classrooms

    2007

    Ina Baum
    40 Years of Labeling: German Public Discourse and the Turkish German Community (presented at the National Undergraduate Research Conference; presented at the University of St. Thomas Undergraduate Communication Research Conference, recipient of top paper award)

    2005

    Luisa Solorzano
    Communication Apprehension Effects on Second Language Speakers

    2004

    Emily Edwards
    A Communicative Analysis of Farmers' Symbolic Construction of Life on Small Family-Based Farms (presented at the Central States Communication Association Undergraduate Honors Conference, selected for the "top papers" panel)

    2003

    Bettina Heiss
    Ethnic Identity Conflict in the New Country: Intergenerational War Narratives of German Americans (presented at the Central States Communication Association Undergraduate Honors Conference)

    Leah Mennis
    The Influence of Embedded Masculinity on Female Sport: Evidence and Implications for the Sporting Institution

    2002

    David Jopke
    The Physician Patient Interaction: Communication Strategies for Maximizing the Treatment of Type-1 Diabetes

    2000

    Shawn Vogt
    From Wrestling Ring to Governor's Mansion

    Research Presented at National and Regional Conferences

    2007 

    Trevor Maine 

    Video Game Aggression and Virtual Communication (presented at the University of St. Thomas Undergraduate Communication Research Conference)

    2006 

    Christy Eriksen
    Driving in Circles: A Case Study Analysis of the Road Conflict in Juneau, Alaska (presented at the National Communication Association Conference).

    Amanda Gilbertson
    The Centrifugal Force of Discourse (presented at the Central States Communication Association Undergraduate Honors Conference, and at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research)

    2005  

    Emily Ament Communication factors in the doctor-patient relationship (presented at the Central States Communication Association Undergraduate Honors Conference; selected for the "top papers" panel)

    Emily Anleu Mixed race Latinas: How do they describe their experiences concerning racial identity? (presented at the Central States Communication Association Undergraduate Honors Conference)

     

    Collaborative Research and Top Senior Seminar Projects

    2008  

    Matthew Perushek
    Media and Candidate Image: An Analysis of Voting-Age Youth (collaborative research project)

    Dominic Amegashitsi
    Developing Intercultural Communication Skills: What are the kinds of skills people form outside the United States use to adapt to the way people communicate in Minnesota? 

    Elise Gust
    Palliative Oncology Communication 

    Nikki Moen
    Strategic Magazine Advertising Towards African-Americans and Latinos

    Carly Morrish
    Self-Presentation and Differentiation in Online Dating Personal Ads: GLBT vs. Heterosexual Strategies and Trends on Craigslist.com 

    Andrea Sogaard
    Rhetorical Indicators of Leadership Style in the 2008 Democratic Presidential Primary 

    Jake Virden
    "We Are Other": A feminist critique of Zapatista identity

  • News
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      The Hamline to Hamline Collaboration is offering grants for collaborative programming and/or events that enrich the collaboration between Hamline Elementary and Hamline University. Applications are due by May 12th, 2014.
    • Senior Jenna Potter, an English major and German and communications double minor at Hamline, was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to teach in Hamburg, Germany. Senior Libby Otto named as alternate to Norway.
    • A group of 43 undergraduate students and faculty attended the 2014 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) in Lexington, KY from April 2 through April 5. Students presented 35 different projects that resulted from their collaborative research at Hamline.
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