Advice concerning Applications for Undergraduate Independent Study (COM436)

Only majors in Communication Studies are eligible to undertake COM436 Independent Study. Eligible students must apply for permission to enroll in COM436 using the COM436 Independent Study Request Form.

Students who wish to undertake independent study under the supervision of Robert Gaines should follow the following principles in preparing the Summary of Proposed Project section of the COM436 Independent Study Request Form. (You will need to attach one or more separate sheets to the form you submit.)

1. You should have a specific research area that you wish to investigate; this research area must fall clearly within a research area of Communication Studies.

2. You should have a research question that you wish to pursue through independent study. The research question should either concern an issue not covered in any departmental course or represent an extension of some issue explicitly covered in a departmental course you have undertaken in Communication Studies.

3. You should provide a specific proposal which details how you will pursue your research question and what are the expected outcomes of the research.

4. All documents submitted pursuant to independent study, including the written proposal, should be composed consistent with the advice in Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers, revised by Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, Joseph M. Williams, and the University of Chicago Press editorial staff, 8th ed. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013).

Last Updated 28 September 2015