Course Description for Communication Theory and Research Methods

COM4301: Communication Theory and Research Methods
3
Prerequisite:  SPC 2608 or SPC 4064
Description: Students will survey major theoretical approaches to and research methods in communication studies. Methods examined and used include content analysis, naturalistic inquiry, narrative analysis, interaction analysis, and triangulation approaches. Students will focus on conceptualizing, designing, interpreting, and reporting research. Differences between quantitative and qualitative research methods and the conceptual and practical knowledge of the communication research process form important areas of the course experience.