An examination of research methodologies used in the study of communication. The course will focus primarily on the process for conducting qualitative social scientific research. Emphasis is placed on students learning why and how to conduct research in the communication field, including: formulating a research question, designing a study, gathering and analyzing data, and writing a research report. Students must earn a minimum grade of C- before they can advance to subsequent courses or receive credit for the course in the major. Prerequisite: COM 200 (RM, WI).