The Ohio University Scripps College of Communication is a leader in communication education—and it is the pride of Ohio University. Generally regarded as one of the top five programs in the nation, Scripps prepares students to be effective and responsible communicators in a global society and advances the field through creative activity and research on communication concepts, issues and problems.
Since its founding 40 years ago, Scripps has grown from just two schools – communication and journalism – to five schools offering more than 40 nationally acclaimed programs. These range from the very technical in the J. Warren McClure School of Information and Telecommunication Systems to the deeply theoretical in the School of Communication Studies – and everything in between in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, and the Schools of Media Arts and Studies and Visual Communication. In May 2006, the University received a commitment of $15 million from the Scripps Howard Foundation and the college was named in its honor.
Scripps also houses the WOUB Center for Public Media, which operates five public radio stations, two public television stations and one cable television station serving more than 60 counties. Through the center’s Student Development Program, more than 250 of the college’s students gain hands-on radio and television experience by assisting with the stations’ day-to-day operations.
Scripps has been recognized as “one of Ohio University’s most distinguished programs” by the Guide to 101 of the Best Values in America’s Colleges and Universities.
In the fall of 2010, Scripps was named a Center of Excellence in the state of Ohio.
Scripps alumni number 26,000 worldwide and are some of the most recognizable names, successful leaders and notable contributors in the field of communication.
In addition to the five schools, the Scripps College administers the WOUB Center for Public Media, comprised of Ohio University Public Television, Ohio University Public Radio, Distance Learning, On-Line Services, and a cable network. Students get the chance to work in a television production company and student-run radio station to produce content that is aired on WOUB TV and radio. Another learning opportunity is the Scripps Howard Multimedia Lab, with the latest software for producing, editing, and packaging every type of media content and form one can imagine. The Scripps Survey Research Center gives students the opportunity to learn the details of public opinion polling for a host of clients while earning money phoning. The most exciting venture this year in the Scripps College was the grand opening of the GRID Lab. The acronym stands for Game Research and Immersive Design. It’s a state-of-the-art video arcade where students’ original designs are tested and where the general public can participate in market research on commercial games. The Scripps College is also the home of the Global Leadership Center, a certificate program that gives students the opportunity to solve real-world business and communication problems in other nations. After completing the program’s courses, students are paired digitally with students in a partner nation to work on details of the project. The certificate also includes study abroad. The Scripps College’s Forensics Speech and Debate Team is yet another learning opportunity for students. Plus, forensics team members get to travel to competitions, where they have distinguished themselves with national rankings since 1892.
The partners in classroom instruction in the Scripps College are the 22 co-curricular student organizations, which provide hands-on experience in the day-to-day tasks of communication careers as well as the opportunity to sharpen leadership skills. The student clubs include a record production company, a public relations firm, three student-run magazines, a cable news show, and much more. Visit the Scripps College Web site for the full list of the student organizations, complete with descriptions of activities and contact information. Though many Scripps College students work at the daily student-run newspaper, The Post remains independent. That fact explains in part why the student newspaper is so highly regarded as a “real” newspaper.
Established in 1804, Ohio University is the oldest public institution of higher learning in the state of Ohio and the first in the Northwest Territory. Admission to Ohio University is granted to the best-qualified applicants as determined by a selective admission policy.