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Research Opportunities


COMM 198s and 199s

COMM 198 is a group study done with a professor of your choice.

COMM 199 is an independent study done with a professor of your choice.

Students will need to fill out the Special Studies Form (Part 1 and Part 2) with their professor to do a group or independent study. Once the professor and student have signed off the form, please bring your form to an advisor to fill out Part 3. Students will turn in their form to the Registrar's Office to be added into the course. 

The first COMM 198 or 199 can count as one Communication Intermediate Elective course. Students must submit an Undergraduate Student Petition to an advisor in person or via email at

Other Research Opportunities

Communication undergraduate students are also encouraged to seek out research opportunitites within the Department through other coursework, as well as on campus through the Academic Enrichment Programs and Undergraduate Research Portal

Faculty and research staff offering research-oriented opportunities in the form of part-time jobs, internships, volunteer positions, or course credits (e.g., independent study) can post those opportunities directly on the Portal.  These opportunities supplement and enhance coursework, provide a chance to participate in ongoing research in the Department, and foster collaboration with faculty (helpful for obtaining letters of recommendation).


Looking for Advice?

Our Undergraduate Academic Advisers are available to help you navigate our program. Academic Advising is available to all UC San Diego students who are registered and enrolled in classes. We also provide information about when and how to speak with your College advisor, your Major/Minor Advisor, and Career Services.

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