The Communication Studies Department is committed to undergraduate research. Students majoring in Communication Studies conduct scholarly and applied research. The CST Department's dedication to research is evident in its Writing-in-the-Major Program; requirement for all majors to complete CST 499: Senior Project in Communication Studies, which allows students to design, conduct, and present their own professional-quality research project; and commitment to sharing scholarly endeavors with academic and non-academic communities.
Writing in the Major Program
The CST Writing-in-the-Major Program:
1. Develops students' awareness that effective writing is an essential requirement of communication intensive careers.
2. Motivates students to take ownership of and pride in their writing.
3. Encourages students to use writing as an integral part of their learning process by including writing-to-learn experiences in the program.
4. Is a developmental process in which students achieve entry level professional writing competency during their completion of the CST major.
All CST majors complete CST 499: Senior Project in Communication Studies, which allows students to design, conduct, and present their own professional-quality research project. For a list of senior projects completed recently, click here.
All CST majors and minors are encouraged to submit their research to local, regional, national, and international conferences and journals, including:
- UW-L Celebration of Student Research and Creativity
- UW-L Undergraduate Research Journal
- National Conference on Undergraduate Research
- Undergraduate Research Communication Conference
- Central States Communication Association
- National Communication Association
- International Communication Association
Resources for Conducting Research