Communication and Media Studies 498

COMS 498: Independent Study

Prerequisites: COMS 130, COMS 230, and permission of instructor

Credit Hours: (1-6)

No more than six hours of Independent Study may be taken toward graduation. May be taken for honors credit with permission of the Honors Program. May be taken for letter grade or pass/fail. Independent study course proposals must be approved by the School of Communication curriculum committee and chairperson prior to the deadline for adding courses, in the term in which the study is to be undertaken.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

Approved independent, scholarly investigation of subjects or problems by qualified students in the Media Studies major. The student will initiate a proposal for the design and content of the study, to be approved by the instructor and the department curriculum committee. Each project will involve significant research and writing, proportional to the credit to be earned.


Detailed Description of the Conduct of Course

Students must apply for the independent study and it must be approved prior to the deadline for enrolling in the course. The study should produce tangible results of independent, scholarly investigation, with quality and quantity proportional to the amount of credit to be earned. Periodic assessment of the student's progress should be scheduled by the instructor. A schedule of regular meetings will be set up to facilitate this.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

The course will enable a qualified student to explore a subject, issue or problem in a manner not duplicating the content and design of an existing course. The design of the study will emphasize and reward original scholarship.


Assessment Measures

To be determined by student and instructor in consultation and approved by the Department curriculum committee.


Other Course Information



Review and Approval

Joe Flickinger, Chair