CMNS 490: Directed Studies in Communication

Course Description

This course will provide students the opportunity to pursue in-depth independent study of a communications issue, theme, or problem. Students must, in consultation with a faculty member, develop a detailed project proposal indicating the rationale, readings, scope, objectives, and methods prior to beginning the course. The completed project must display the student’s abilities as an effective writer, knowledge of audience, and thorough familiarity with the selected topic area


60 university-level credits completed, of which at least 12 must be from CMNS, and permission of instructor. If faculty availability is limited preference will be given to students pursuing a degree option in Communication.

Department approval of a Directed Studies course is required before a student can register.

Course Approval Process

Students can contact B Faculty directly or the department head with their request for a directed studies section. If they contact the Department Head, the proposal will be presented to the department and will be assigned to the instructor that best fits the topic and is available to teach the section.

The student and instructor will work together to develop a directed studies outline that will include a description of the topic, deliverables, assignments, and expectations of the student and instructor. Sample outline.

Submission Deadline

Once the student and faculty supervisor have completed the directed studies outline it must be submitted to the department for approval 30 days prior to the beginning of the semester. Students should allow ample time to complete the proposal before the 30 day deadline.

Course Requirements

The approved directed studies outline must be signed by the student and the instructor.

Students will present their final project to a three person (minimum) panel of Communication faculty and/or discipline specific faculty as the final requirement of the course.

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