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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. 

    Student Research in Communication Studies

    Communication Majors do research in many different areas, depending on their interests and focus within the major.  Majors have also presented their work at national and regional conferences.  Below are some examples of the research done by students majoring in Communication Studies:

    Ament, Emily (2005). Communication factors in the doctor-patient relationship (presented at     the Central States Communication Association Undergraduate Honors Conference; selected     for the "top papers" panel)

    Anaya, Karen (2014). Freedom of the Press in Cuba from 2002-2013:  Voices of Post-     Revolutionary Exiled Cuban Journalists, Writers, and Dissidents in the US. (Departmental     Honors Project).

    Anleu, Emily (2005) Mixed race Latinas: How do they describe their experiences concerning     racial identity? (presented at the Central States Communication Association Undergraduate     Honors Conference)

    Baum, Ina (2007) 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)(Departmental Honors Project).

    Brady, Andrew (2015). Once More, with Feeling:  Understanding Emotion and Meaning in     Music through Applications of Persuasion Theory (to be presented at the Central States     Communication Association Conference, selected for the Top Papers panel) (part of a     Departmental Honors Project).

    Edwards, Emily (2004). 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)(Departmental     Honors Project)

    Eriksen, Christy (2006). Driving in Circles: A Case Study Analysis of the Road Conflict in     Juneau, Alaska (presented at the National Communication Association Conference).

    Gilbertson, Amanda (2006). The Centrifugal Force of Discourse (presented at the Central States     Communication Association Undergraduate Honors Conference, and at the National     Conference on Undergraduate Research)

    Espenson, Peter (2011). Discursive Dissonance:  Opposing Dramatizations of Proposition 8 in     Cable News (Departmental Honors Project).

    Gust,  Elise (2008). Palliative Oncology Communication (Senior Research Seminar project)

    Heiss, Bettina (2003). Ethnic Identity Conflict in the New Country: Intergenerational War     Narratives of German Americans (presented at the Central States Communication     Association Undergraduate Honors Conference)(Departmental Honors Project).

    Jopke, David (2002). The Physician Patient Interaction:  Communication Strategies for     Maximizing the Treatment of Type-1 Diabetes (Departmental Honors Project).

    Maine, Trevor (2007). Video Game Aggression and Virtual Communication (presented at the     University of St. Thomas Undergraduate Communication Research Conference)

    Mennis, Leah (2003). The Influence of Embedded Masculinity on Female Sport:  Evidence and     Implications for the Sporting Institution  (Departmental Honors Project).

    Perushek, Matthew (2008). Media and Candidate Image:  An Analysis of Voting-Age Youth      (Collaborative Research Project).

    Psick, Zachary E. (2011). Assuming God:  A Fantasy Theme Analysis of Minnesota Teen     Challenge (presented at the University of St. Thomas Undergraduate Communication     Research Conference) (Departmental Honors Project).

    Solorzano, Luisa (2005). Communication Apprehension Effects on Second Language     Speakers (Departmental Honors Project).

    Stein, Paige (2013). An Analysis of the Birth Control Review:  Gender, Arguments, and Social     Institutions (Departmental Honors Project).

    Virden, Jake (2008). “We Are Other”: A Feminist Critique of Zapatista Identity (Senior Research     Seminar project)

    Vogt, Shawn (2000). From Wresting Ring to Governor’s Mansion. (Departmental Honors     Project)

    Willi, Alexandra (2015).  A Communication Conflict in Crimea (to be presented at the National     Conference on Undergraduate Research).

    Youngman, Maura (2008). Student Question-Asking Behavior in Co-educational versus Single-     Sex Classrooms (Departmental Honors Project).