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Undergraduate Degrees

Majors

  • Commercial Photography — Centers around advertising photography, product and still-life photography, fashion and portrait photography, architectural and interior design photography, and the business aspects of operating a photographic studio. 
  • Communication and Public Advocacy — One of three academic concentrations within the Bachelor of Science in Communication Degree. COMS students learn to pose questions and pursue answers by critically thinking, describing, synthesizing, critiquing and imagining.
  • Games & Animation — Encourages students to explore the production of computer animation and digital games while also emphasizing creative decision making, storytelling and experiential learning.
  • Health Communication — One of three academic concentrations within the Bachelor of Science in Communication Degree. COMS students learn to pose questions and pursue answers by critically thinking, describing, synthesizing, critiquing and imagining.
  • Information Telecommunication Systems — Design and manage networks of equipment that individuals, businesses, and governments use to communicate. 
  • Interactive Information Design — Combines user experience and web development with storytelling through interactive websites, mobile platforms and other methods including motion graphics and video.
  • Media & Social Change — Provides students with creative skills in non-fiction production while exploring the social effects that media have on society.
  • Media Arts Production — Students in this program can explore short and long-form narrative storytelling in digital cinema, episodic video content development, documentary filmmaking, podcasting production essentials, and post-production audio and advanced sound design for visual media.
  • Music Production & Recording Industry — This area encourages students to explore major aspects of the modern and emerging music industry. Students can choose from two major tracks which include technical skills in audio recording and music production, artist development and songwriting, mixing and mastering, and music and audio recording technology.
  • News and Information — Four sequence options (broadcast news, magazine, news writing and editing and online journalism) provide tremendous flexibility for working in any aspect of news media.  
  • Organizational Communication — One of three academic concentrations within the Bachelor of Science in Communication Degree. COMS students learn to pose questions and pursue answers by critically thinking, describing, synthesizing, critiquing and imagining.
  • Photojournalism — Uses photography as a communication tool to tell other people’s stories and show situations without staging or controlling the subjects. 
  • Publication Information Design — Centers around visual storytelling through design, typography and infographics. 
  • Strategic Communication — Broad preparation for learning to communicate messages on behalf of clients. Students can select elective courses that focus on advertising or public relations or that address other media topics and skills. 

Online Degree Program

  • Communication — Online degree completion program designed for associate degree graduates who want to further their education and advance their careers. Courses are taught entirely online at a pace convenient to a working adult.

Minors and Certificates FAQs

What is a minor?
Minors provide students with the opportunity to pursue a specialized area of study in addition to the courses of their major. A student earns a minor to create a strong foundation for his or her career, and/or to pursue a passion.

How do I declare a minor?
If you are a Scripps College of Communication student, go to your school office to declare a minor.

What is a certificate?
A certificate program is an interdisciplinary program that can complement your major, broaden your career possibilities or allow you to study an area of interest from a variety of perspectives.

How do I declare a certificate?
Contact your certificate’s director to declare a certificate.

How many credit hours are needed to complete a minor or certificate?
Most minors/certificates require 15 to 18 hours. Check the Undergraduate Catalog for the specific program that interests you.

For information about minors and certificates offered by other colleges at Ohio University, please see the undergraduate catalog at: catalogs.ohio.edu

Minors

  • Advertising and Public Relations - gives students the introductory knowledge and skills they need to create purposeful communication (advertising and public relations) for corporate, governmental and non-profit organizations
  • Communication Studies - offers students an opportunity to learn the foundations of communication in various contexts including cultural, group and interpersonal contexts.
  • Information and Telecommunication Systems (doc) - for students who will benefit from systematic grounding in telecom networking.
  • Journalism - offers students an overview of the role of media in society and an understanding of basic theories and practices of news gathering and strategic communication.
  • Screenwriting and Digital Storytelling - gives students an in-depth look at the processes and disciplines of writing and storytelling in the School of Media Arts & Studies.

Certificates Administered by Scripps College of 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.
     
  • Social Media - The field of social media, which was almost nonexistent a decade ago, is now a driving force behind businesses and organizations, as well as individuals. This certificate explores the critical role that social media plays in everyday life.

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