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Undergraduate Programs


The School of Communication Studies (COMS) offers three distinct academic concentrations within its single Bachelor of Science in Communication Degree. COMS students learn to pose questions and pursue answers by critically thinking, describing, synthesizing, critiquing and imagining. Students may pursue a concentration in one of these overlapping areas:

The goal of the J. Warren McClure School of Emerging Communication Technologies (ECT) is to be the best training ground in the country for students who wish to study cutting-edge communication technologies. The McClure School specializes in network infrastructure and design, Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/AR) and other immersive experiences.   

  • Combining classroom learning with hands-on application in extensive laboratory facilities, students in the Information and Telecommunication Systems (ITS) major take the hardware and software created by engineers and put it to work, designing and managing networks of equipment that individuals, businesses, and governments use to communicate. 

Students in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism (JOUR or J-School) are positioned to learn how to prepare and present news and information in a changing media landscape, as well as how to communicate messages on behalf of companies and organizations. Choose from two available majors:  

  • News and Information provides students with four sequence options (broadcast news, magazine, news writing and editing and online journalism) that provide tremendous flexibility for working in any aspect of news media.  

  • Strategic Communication offers a 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. 

The School of Media Arts & Studies (MDIA) offers several emphasis areas leading to the bachelor's degree. The program is a professional degree program designed to prepare students for careers in all aspects of media, including production, media management, entertainment law, political communications, or graduate study. Students are encouraged to tailor course requirements to match their own interests and talents. MDIA students apply for one of the following emphasis areas:  

The School of Visual Communication (VisCom) has four major sequences, all of which are professional visual communication practices.  

  • Photojournalism, or documentary photojournalism, uses photography as a communication tool to tell other people’s stories and show situations without staging or controlling the subjects. 

  • 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. 

  • Information Design: Publication Design centers around visual storytelling through design, typography and infographics. 

  • Information Design: Multimedia combines user experience and web development with storytelling through interactive websites, mobile platforms and other methods including motion graphics and video.

Online Degree Program

Ohio University's bachelor of science in communication in the communication major is an 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


  • 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.
    Contact: Dr. William Benoit, benoitw@ohio.edu
  • 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.
    Contact: Dr. Karen Riggs, riggsk@ohio.edu

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