This course is an introductory and preparatory course in research methods relevant to the field of communication.  By the end of this course, you will have a better understanding of the breadth of the field and you will learn a systematic approach to the study of communication.  In preparation for your research capstone course, you will propose a research project on a topic of interest to you that is relevant to the field of communication.  As a result of this course, you will have a more mature approach to critical thinking, writing, and analysis.