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    Communication Studies Research

    All Communications 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 U.S. (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) (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 Wrestling Ring to Governor's Mansion (Departmental Honors Project).

    Willi, Alexandra (2015). A Communication Conflict in Crimea (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).