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Independent study and research projects

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Journalism students have the opportunity to prepare written proposals for independent study or research projects, and to present the projects to the individual faculty members with whom the students would like to work. The faculty usually supervises up to a dozen projects each year. These projects allow students to conduct in-depth explorations of specific knowledge areas, and offer additional opportunities for developing critical thinking, information literacy, problem-solving, oral presentation, writing, and visual communication skills about specific topics. In the past, such projects have included working with data bases for a computer-assisted reporting project, and writing a research paper on the contributions of women photojournalists in the 19th Century.