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J. Warren McClure School of Emerging Communication Technologies

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, preparing students for careers in this fast-growing industry. Jobs in the information information technology field are projected to grow by up to 30 percent by 2020. If you want a career working with technology, in a business setting, this is the place for you.

If you want a career in the intersection between creativity, storytelling and technology, in collaboration with the Media School we also offer a joint degree in games and animation. We are also the home of a new esports certificate. 


Artist's rendering of new esports facility

Artist's rendering of our new esports facility. Construction started in the Fall of 2020.



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. In the very near future, new academic programs focusing on virtual reality and game design are being planned.


*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.


Prof. John Bowditch working in the green room at the GRID Lab

Prof. John Bowditch, GRID Lab Director, is a nationally recognized expert in the field of VR and game development.


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

$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


Students enrolled in the Bachelor and Masters degree programs of the McClure School


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    Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down and remotely interview the dean of our college, Dr. Scott Titsworth. The conversation focused around the role of the Scripps College in the community and the challenges the pandemic brings. 


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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: 740.593.4917 | Fax: 740.593.4889