Student Opportunities and Services

Supporting learning in the classroom and beyond

The faculty members in the department of communication understand that an excellent education extends beyond the classroom. Whether you want to develop your professional skills or become more involved in the communication department, our faculty members support a variety of research, academic and professional opportunities for you to become a better communicator.

Student organizations

Our faculty work with and support four student organizations that provide leadership and professional development opportunities. Also, these organizations allow you to network with fellow students and build relationships within the department.


Through many of your communication courses, you will work with a nonprofit or community organization to create and implement an applied communication project. Service-learning experiences allow you to directly apply your classroom learning to real-life situations and gain valuable professional experience. The projects you complete for your community partner are excellent additions to your portfolio.

For public relations majors, many of these service-learning experiences are integrated into the coursework. However, you can add a service-learning component to any class. Throughout the semester, you will log about 15-40 hours of volunteer hours with the organization as you complete your project.

For more information about service-learning, visit the office of citizenship and service-learning, located in Plaster Student Union.

Independent study and research

The department of communication offers students the opportunity to complete an independent study project with a faculty member. These opportunities may include event planning or research projects. Oftentimes, you may receive course credit for completing an independent study.


Whether through a class project or research opportunity, many communication students submit and present papers at communication conferences. Undergraduate students have presented at the Oklahoma Sooners Communication Research Conference and DePauw University Undergraduate Research Conference. Graduate students have presented at the National Communication Association Annual Convention and the Central States Communication Association.

Even if you are not presenting at a conference, many conferences offer student rates and provide excellent opportunities to learn about current communication research and trends.

For more information about current opportunities in the department of communication, visit the InCommon blog.

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