Research Methods in Communication Arts

This course is an overview of methods and practices of primary and secondary research in rhetoric, media, and theatre. Students learn how to discover, assess, and use secondary and primary research in print and digital forms for literature reviews.  Primary research includes interview and observation methodologies. Serious research is necessary for understanding the contexts of texts and performances, for building persuasive arguments, and for making useful contributions to a community. This course is a prerequisite for all other 300 and 400 level communication arts courses.