Jun 23, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2016-17 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2016-17 [Archived Catalog]

Journalism Carr Van Anda Program (B.S.J.)

Major code BJ6910

Scripps College of Communication
E.W. Scripps School of Journalism
Schoonover Center for Communication 200
20 E. Union St.
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.2590
Fax: 740.593.2592

Eddith Dashiell, contact person

Program Overview

The Carr Van Anda program allows School of Journalism majors to create an individualized course of study within the journalism framework. It is available to School of Journalism juniors with a 3.0 accumulative GPA in all work. The Carr Van Anda program includes the journalism core classes (4 classes) plus an approved selection of courses in journalism, media arts and studies or visual communication to equal 36 hours. Of the non-core class hours, a minimum of 12 hours must be in journalism. In addition, a student in this program must meet all journalism general liberal arts and specialization requirements and all Ohio University general education requirements. A student completing the Carr Van Anda program receives the Bachelor of Science in Journalism (BSJ), the same as journalism students in the news and information or strategic communication tracks.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

No freshman admitted.

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Transfer applicants must have completed a minimum of 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) by the time of application.
  3. Applications for transfer are taken twice per academic year. The deadline of 5 p.m. September 28 (or the following Monday if on a weekend) is for admission for spring semester. The deadline of 5 p.m. February 15 (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 are prepared for career paths in a variety of mass communication fields, including journalism for online and offline digital, broadcast and print platforms. They are also prepared for graduate programs in mass communication.


Universitywide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all Universitywide graduation requirements .

College-Level Requirements for the Scripps College of Communication

View the College-Level Requirements for the Scripps College of Communication .

Journalism Core

Complete the following courses with a grade of C (2.0) or better:

Carr Van Anda Track

Complete any 8 courses in Journalism, Media Arts & Studies, or Visual Communiation with approval of advisor. At least 12 credit hours must be in Journalism.


Complete an advisor approved internship.

Area of Specialization

Journalism majors are required to take a total of 21 semester hours.  Advisor approval of specialization is required.  (Note: Courses taken to fulfill specialization requirements cannot also count toward general requirements.  They can fulfill university Tier requirements.) Complete one of these two options:

Option 1

21 semester hours in a single department other than Journalism, Media Arts & Studies, or Visual Communication (6 hours must be at the 3000 or higher level).

Option 2

Complete 12 semester hours in a single department other than Journalism, Media Arts & Studies, or Visual Communication (6 hours must be at the at the 3000 or higher level) and 9 semester hours in any other department or an advisor-approved collection of related courses. The 9 hours must be in a subject area other than Journalism.

General Liberal Arts Requirement

Complete one course from each of the following:

  • African American Studies (AAS) or Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS)
  • Applied Science
  • Arts & Sciences elective or COMS 1030  
  • Fine Arts/Interdisciplinary Arts
  • Natural Science
  • Political Science
  • Psychology (not PSY 1110 )
  • Sociology or Anthropology
  • Statistics (PSY 1110 , MATH 2500 , or ECON 3810 )
  • Tier II CCP course (not MDIA 3175 )

Complete two courses from each of the following:

  • Economics (ECON) [Take either two ECON courses or one ECON course and one of the following: ACCT 1010 , BUSL 2000 , MGT 2000 , MKT 2020 , FIN 3000 , MIS 2021 .]
  • English (ENG, one in literature)
  • Foreign or Sign Language (must be same language)
  • History
  • Philosophy (PHIL 1200 , plus additional PHIL or CLWR course)