Major code BJ6906
College of Communication
School of Journalism
Scripps Hall 105
Athens, OH 45701
Ellen Gerl, contact person
The news and information track replaces four previous sequences (news/editing, online, magazine and broadcast news), reflecting the changes in the fundamental nature of journalism with the advent of the World Wide Web. Today’s media professionals create news and information in a variety of platforms, such as print, video, audio and digital. This semester program responds to this new media landscape by giving student flexibility to take courses across what were previously narrow industry niches. The program includes courses in professional journalistic skills and conceptual issues in journalism along with a solid foundation in liberal arts.
New students must have a GPA of 3.5 on a 4 point scale or rank in the top 15 percent of their high school class and meet minimum standardized test score requirements (25 ACT/1140 SAT).
Change of Program Policy
Students seeking to change their major to journalism follow the same requirements as external transfer applicants.
External Transfer Admission
The requirements for transfer apply to all transfers from other departments at Ohio University as well as from other colleges and universities.
- Transfer applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 overall or a 3.0 in the last two semesters (three quarters) to be considered for admission. Please note that a 3.0 qualifies a student only for consideration and does not guarantee admission.
- Transfer applicants must have completed a minimum of 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) by the time of application.
- Applications for transfer are taken twice per academic year. The deadline of 5:00 p.m. October 1st (or the following Monday if on a weekend) is for admission for spring semester. The deadline of 5:00 p.m. March 1st (or the following Monday if on a weekend) is for admission for the following fall semester.
Applicants will receive written notification of acceptance or denial. The transfer application includes completing an application form and providing a college transcript or DARS, letters of recommendation, essay and optional writing samples.
Opportunities Upon Graduation
Students will find career opportunities in mass communication fields such as journalism, including news reporting and producing online and offline for digital, broadcast and print platforms. Students will be prepared to pursue graduate study in mass communication, international communication and news media.