College of Communication

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The College of Communation comprises the following schools:

J. Warren McClure School of Communication Systems Management
School of Interpersonal Communication
E. W. Scripps School of Journalism
School of Telecommunications
School of Visual Communication

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Kathy A. Krendl, Dean
Ronald K. Pittman, Assistant Dean

The College of Communication includes the J. Warren McClure School of Communication Systems Management, 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 more fully 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 professional careers 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.

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 professional careers on leading newspapers, magazines, and news-gathering organizations, as well as into advertising and public relations positions. Careers 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 for the quality of its instruction.

Study in telecommunications includes a broad-based education that prepares students for careers in the electronic media, including radio and television, cable, corporate media, and studio recording. Many opportunities are provided for hands-on experience while on campus, including a campus radio network, a video production unit, and public broadcasting stations WOUB AM-FM-TV. A year-round internship program places qualified advanced students in one-term, full-time media jobs in the U.S. and abroad.

The School of Interpersonal Communication offers coursework in five program tracks: communication in human services, legal communication, organizational communication, political communication, and speech education.

The School of Visual Communication prepares students for careers in informational graphics, interactive multimedia, photo communication, photo illustration, and picture editing/page design. Students graduating from the program are qualified to pursue careers in newspapers and magazines.

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 suc- cessful 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 leading to M.A., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees are available in interpersonal communication, journalism, and telecommunications. These programs 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 Interpersonal Communication, 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

Consult the transfer requirements of the individual schools for specific requirements. In general, all students wishing to transfer into the college must have earned at least 48 quarter hours (32 semester hours) with a g.p.a. of at least 2.5. Individual schools may have more rigorous standards. You may receive additional consideration if you have demonstrated talent or experience, or if you come from a historically underrepresented group.

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. BR> Note: 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.

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 of192 earned hours with a 2.0 accumulative grade-point average (g.p.a.) and a 2.0 g.p.a. in your major. Only the final hours and grades earned when courses are retaken count toward graduation.

The minimum residency requirement for a student receiving a bachelor' s degree from the College of Communication is the final 48 hours of credit. 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.


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 or the dean's office.

Political Communication Certificate Program

The College of Communication and the College of Arts and Sciences jointly sponsor the undergraduate Political Communication Certificate Program for students in any major program who want to gain knowledge and understanding about the arena of political communication. Political communication encompasses the interactions of political figures, poli-tical interests, the press, and the public in their attempts to shape political decisions. Completion of this program is officially recognized on your transcript when you graduate, and a certificate is awarded. See the program listing in the Arts and Sciences section.

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