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College of Communication

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Kathy A. Krendl

Edith Dashiell
Associate Dean

Florence Clark Riffe
Assistant Dean

The College of Communication includes the J. Warren McClure School of Communication Systems Management, the School of Communication Studies (formerly the School of Interpersonal Communication), the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism, the School of Telecommunications, and the School of Visual Communication.

The College was created to meet the communication needs of a changing society. New forms of communication, the growth of communication systems, and the need for better communication among people, races, economic groups, and nations were factors in Ohio University's decision to prepare graduates both for traditional roles and for a variety of new responsibilities.

The College is equipped to train graduates for careers and post-baccalaureate study in journalism, telecommunications, voice and data communication, visual communication, and organizational and interpersonal communication. The College operates on the assumption that professional competency in these areas calls for the highest proficiency in the field of specialization, plus the broadest liberal education in other disciplines.

The E. W. Scripps School of Journalism is fully accredited, with undergraduate sequences in advertising, broadcast news, news writing and editing, magazine journalism, and public relations and online journalism.

The journalism school is recognized nationally and by the Ohio Board of Regents for the quality of its more than 200 annual graduates who move into careers on leading newspapers, magazines, and news-gathering organizations, as well as into advertising and public relations positions. Careers and graduate study take them to all parts of the world.

The School of Telecommunications is one of the largest broadcasting and electronic media programs in the United States, and national surveys have ranked it as one of the best in the country. It has received Program Excellence and Academic Challenge awards from the Ohio Board of Regents in recognition for the quality of its instruction.

The telecommunications program provides a broad-based education that prepares students for a range of careers in the electronic media. Many opportunities are provided for hands-on experience on campus, including a campus radio station, a video production unit, and public broadcasting stations WOUB AM-FM-TV. A year-round internship program provides opportunities for qualified advanced students to obtain professional experience outside the University.

The School of Interpersonal Communication offers a liberal education, emphasizing the scientific and artistic basis of communication. It is firmly committed to providing quality instruction in the theoretical bases of human communication and the application of theory in specific contexts. Students choose areas of concentration and specific courses that lead to professional ad preprofessional competence in such fields as training and human resources, law, politics and government, health advocacy, campaign implementation, and survey research.

Students majoring in communincation studies must choose one area of concentration from among health communication, organizational communication, or communication and public advocacy.

The School of Visual Communication prepares students for careers in informational graphics/publication design, interactive multimedia, photojournalism, and commercial photography. Students graduating from the program are qualified to pursue careers in newspapers, magazines, corporate communications, web design, advertising photography, and new media production.

The J. Warren McClure School of Communication Systems Management is a unique program that educates students about the design, management, and uses of advanced communication technologies. The only program of its kind in Ohio, and one of very few in the nation, the school offers a four-year baccalaureate program leading to a degree in communication systems management. Coursework centers on the business applications of voice and data networks and services. The interdisciplinary approach, a highly successful paid internship program, and substantial hands-on laboratory experience prepare students for careers managing business communication networks, as well as with major telephone companies, consulting firms, and government agencies.

All programs of study at the undergraduate level lead to the bachelor's degree. More detailed descriptions and the requirements for the various majors offered in the schools are given in the pages immediately following.

Graduate programs in all five schools are described in detail in the Graduate Catalog.

Admission Requirements

Freshman admission to the College of Communication's J. Warren McClure School of Communication Systems Management, School of Communication Studies, E. W. Scripps School of Journalism, School of Telecommunications, and School of Visual Communication is based on high school class rank, test scores, and professional activities, as well as availability of openings in the academic unit to which you are applying.

You may receive additional consideration if you have demonstrated talent or experience, or if you come from a historically underrepresented group. For information on admission procedures, contact the school director.

Transfer Policy

In general, all students currently enrolled at Ohio University who wish to transfer into the College must have at least 48 quarter hours (32 semester hours) with a g.p.a. of at least 2.5. However, some schools in the College of Communication have a higehr g.p.a. standard. Students not enrolled at Ohio University must abide by policies in this catalog under the heading "Undergraduate Admissions: Transfer Applicant." Applicants may receive additional consideration if they have demonstrated talent or experience, or if they come from a historically underrepresented group.

The Schools of Communication System Management and Visual Communication follow the rolling transfer model, meaning students may apply to transfer at any time. However, University policy requires that processing the paperwork to change programs takes place only within the first 15 days of each quarter, regardless of the application date. The Schools of Communication Studies, Journalism, and Telecommunications have application deadlines (October 1 and March 1) and different rules for applying. See each school's section for details.

Students transferring into one of the schools within the College of Communication will be required to complete the major requirements in effect during the academic year of the approved transfer.

This regulation applies to:

Students transferring from other universities.

Students transferring from other colleges within Ohio University.

Students transferring from one school to another within the College of Communication.

Degrees and Requirements

The College of Communication offers curricula leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Communication (interpersonal communication, telecommunications, communication systems management), Bachelor of Science in Journalism, and Bachelor of Science in Visual Communication.

As a candidate for a degree in the College of Communication, you must satisfy the requirements established by the program in which you are enrolled. Additionally, you are required to meet the General Education Requirements that have been established by Ohio University. Most University general education courses can satisfy both program and University requirements. Consult your advisor on the dual application of those courses.

You must also have a minimum total of 192 earned hours with a 2.0 accumulative grade-point average (g.p.a.) and a 2.0 g.p.a. in your major. When courses are retaken, only the final hours and grades earned count toward graduation.

After transferring into the College of Communication, you must complete a minimum of 48 credit hours as a resident of the school conferring the degree. In certain cases, exceptions may be made by the academic dean in consultation with the director of the school you plan to enter.


When you enter a school in the College of Communication, you are assigned an academic advisor on the basis of your interests. Your faculty advisor assists in the preparation of a schedule each quarter so that you select the proper sequence of courses in the major and appropriately related courses. However, you are responsible for seeing that all degree requirements are met. (See also title page of this catalog).


Scholarships sponsored by the each of the five schools within the College of Communication for qualified undergraduate students are available on an annual basis. For more information, contact the scholarship chair of each school, the assistant dean for undergraduate programs and services, or the College's Web site: http://www.commcoll.ohiou.edu.

Education Abroad

For information about education abroad opportunities, refer to "Office of Education Abroad" in the "University-Wide Academic Opportunities" section.

Global Learning Community

For information about the Global Learning Community, refer to "Global Learning Community Certificate Program" in the "University-Wide Academic Opportunities" section.

Political Communication Certificate Program

The Colleges of Communication and Arts and Sciences jointly sponsor a certificate in political communication for students who wish to supplement their undergraduate major with an inquiry into the arena of political communication. Political communication encompasses the interactions of political figures, political interests, the press, and the public in their efforts to persuade and influence political outcomes. The program is open to any undergraduate student in the University.

To receive a certificate in political communication, you must complete POCO 201 Introduction to Political Communication and POCO 401 Seminar in Political Communication, as well as 22 quarter hours from the courses listed below. No more than two courses from any one department can be counted toward the certificate.

A Political Communication Certificate is awarded upon completion of the requirements and graduation from the University. Notation of the award is recorded on your transcript. Consult the director of the Political Communication Program before the deadline for graduation to ensure that the certificate will be awarded.

Required Courses

POCO 201          Intro to Political Comm.            3

POCO 401          Seminar in Political Comm.          5

Courses in the Curriculum 

ECON 430          Public Finance                      4

COMS 260          Intro to Communication in
                  Public Advocacy                     4

COMS 300          Field Research Methods 
                  in Communication                    4

COMS 342          Comm. and Persuasion                4

COMS 352          Political Rhetoric                  4

COMS 430          Comm. and the Campaign              5

COMS 442          Responsibilities and 
                  Freedom of Speech                   4

JOUR 233          Information Gathering               3

JOUR 370          Media Relations and Publicity       4

JOUR 464          Public Affairs Reporting            3

JOUR 471          Public Relations Principles         5

JOUR 472          Advanced Public Relations           4

LING 280          Language in America                 5

PHIL 240          Social and Political Philosophy     4

POLS 250          International Relations             5

POLS 304          State Politics                      4

POLS 406          Elections and Campaigns             4

POLS 410          Public Policy Analysis              4

POLS 415          The American Presidency             4

POLS 417          Legislative Processes               5

POLS 420          Women, Law, and Politics            4

POLS 490H         Women and Politics                  4

PSY 304           Human Learning and
                  Cognitive Processes                 4

PSY 336           Social Psychology                   4

SOC 210           Intro to Social Psychology          4

SOC 351           Elementary Research Techniques      4

SOC 414           Contemporary Social Movements       4

SOC 465           Social Change                       4

TCOM 370          Mass Communication Theories         4

TCOM 453          Law and Regulation                  5

TCOM 455          Media Messages for Social Changes   4

TCOM 475          Politics and the Electronic Media   4
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