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J. Warren McClure School of Emerging Communication Technologies

The J. Warren McClure School of Emerging Communication Technologies offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in information and telecommunication systems, virtual reality and game development, plus a cybersecurity and an esports undergrad certificates. The school is now proud to be the home of the GRID Lab, which conducts advanced research and produces content largely centering on augmented, virtual, mixed reality and digital games. ECT is the place to gain real-world experience for careers in virtual world-building.

03/2024: Latest news! For Fall 2024, the ITS degree now has an approved Track in Cybersecurity! more information.

Our Programs

  • Beyond the classroom

    Interested in Cloud Engineering? Learn about it on Professor Kruse's Twitch stream.

    Also, check out our network administrator Doug Bowie's collection of Tech Nuggets videos videos that guide students through a variety of networking activities.

undergrad ITS alumni are either employed or in graduate school
external R&D contracts awarded to the GRID Lab
state-of-the-art lab facilities for experimentation in IT, VR and game design
$200 Billion
market value of gaming by 2023!

Latest News & Articles

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  • ChatGPT and the Colossal Cave Adventure

    ECT Alum and current instructor Bruce Tong uses ChatGPT and Python to get AI to "play" the classic, text-based game Colossal Cave Adventure. Problems arise and are solved. Dive in!

  • Westin Scholars Competition for Graduate Students

    January 21-27, 2024 is Data Privacy Week. It is our honor to announce the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) extends their Westin Scholar Award to an Ohio University student with a passion for privacy and data protection. This prestigious award honors the late Dr. Alan Westin, a pioneer in the field of privacy. 


  • Learning how to build and splice networks in VR

    Ohio University graduate and McClure School instructor, Dr. Douglas Bowie sought a less stressful way to comprehend binary math and IP subnetting. His doctoral thesis focuses on how virtual reality technology can be utilized to decrease mental strain associated with learning subnetting, a foundational concept of information networking.

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J. Warren McClure School of Emerging Communication Technologies
Scripps College of Communication
Schoonover Center, Rm. 360
20 E. Union St.

Athens, OH 45701

Tel: 740-593-4862 | Fax: 740-593-4889