[1-4 credit(s)] In-depth examination of a student-selected communication topic via independent study. Typically involves the utilization of appropriate research methods (e.g., field survey, attitude poll, experimental investigation) as applied to the student’s proposed research topic. Students may serve as research interns in a faculty member’s program of research. Offered every semester; see advisor for help in scheduling. No more than four credit hours from either COM 596 or COM 590 may be counted toward degree completion.