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J. Warren McClure School of Emerging Communication Technologies

  • Information & Telecommunication Systems

    In the IT field, we prepare students for solid, fulfilling careers in a fast growing industry that offers very competitive salaries. If you want a career working with technology, in a business setting, this is the place for you.

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  • Virtual Reality & Game Development

    If you want a career in the intersection between creativity, storytelling and technology, we offer various options. Explore our undergrad degree in Virtual Reality and Game Development or our VR and Gaming track within our ITS degree.

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  • Cybersecurity

    The McClure School of Emerging Communication Technologies cybersecurity sequence of classes prepares students with the foundations in their degree for joining this growing field.

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  • Esports

    The McClure School is also the academic home of the esports undergrad certificate, which is jointly offered with the top ranked program in Sports Management from the College of Business.

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Information technology, game development, AR/VR and esports

The McClure School of Emerging Communication Technologies* offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in information and telecommunication systems, virtual reality, game development and an esports undergrad certificate.



Since 2019, the school is now proud to be the home of the GRID Lab which was established in 2005 as a special initiative of the college. The lab conducts advanced research and produces content largely centering on augmented, virtual, mixed reality and digital games.




*At their June 21, 2019 meeting the Ohio University Board of Trustees approved the creation of the J. Warren McClure School of Emerging Communication Technologies by combining the J. Warren McClure School of Information Telecommunication Systems and the Game Research and Immersive Design (GRID) Lab.

Advising for Spring 2022

Helpful information on courses for the spring semester available here.


Beyond the Classroom

Interested in Cloud Engineering? Learn about The Helm and Lens tools for Kubernetes on Nov/18 at  8PM ET on Prof. Kruse's Twitch stream. Also, check out Doug Bowie's collection of Tech Nuggets, videos that guide students through a variety of networking activities.



Alumni of the ITS undergraduate degree who are either employed or in graduate school

$6.5+ Million

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 USD

The gaming market by 2023! Learn game development, esports and IT at the McClure School.


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    Lori Meierdiercks, ITS ’11 alumni, discusses much-needed diversity in ITS and her experience as a woman at CenturyLink and Cisco. 

  • A Look into OHIO's Internet Engineering Course

    Internet Engineering, otherwise known as ITS/CS 4750 or ITL, has been a staple of the ITS curriculum since Hans Kruse created the class 20 years ago, and has been constantly evolving as technology progresses.

  • Paul Lewis' Journey at Cisco

    Paul Lewis, a graduate of Ohio University, has found employment and a career as a member of Cisco’s California team.


W I T H   U S

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

Athens, OH 45701

Tel: 740.593.4917 | Fax: 740.593.4889