This course serves as the capstone experience for communication majors. Students synthesize past course work, knowledge, skills, and experiences in order to research and plan a scholarly applied communication study and/or campaign to solve a problem for a 'real world' client. Specific project requirements are tailored to meet students' planned career paths or areas of focus in the communication discipline. In-class sessions focus on enabling students to become effective independent researchers, while regular individual conferences with the instructor focus on project planning, charting progress, and addressing contingencies. The course results in each student producing a final written product - a research thesis or professional project report - along with a public oral presentation of the thesis/project.