The department has an active program for students who wish to participate in faculty research projects. These Undergraduate Research Students have an opportunity to participate in all phases of research from the design of experiments and field research to the analysis of data and interpretation of results to learn not only about research that has been done by others but also to be part of the discovery process itself. The department's Senior Honors Program offers a challenging learning experience that spans four quarters of the student's academic career. During that time, students conduct an independent research project under the supervision of a faculty advisor and write a Senior Honors Thesis.
The department also sponsors the student-run organization Lambda Pi Eta, the national honor society of the National Communication Association that fosters, recognizes, and rewards outstanding achievement in undergradaute communication.