OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2020-21 [Archived Catalog]
Journalism Strategic Communication Major (B.S.J.)
Major code BJ6907
Scripps College of Communication
E. W. Scripps School of Journalism
200 Schoonover Center for Communication
20 E. Union St.
Athens, OH 45701
Hans Meyer, Ph.D., Associate Director for Undergraduate Studies, contact person
The strategic communication track replaces two previous sequences of advertising and public relations, recognizing the close alignment between these two professions in today’s communications industries. The strategic communication track responds to changes in the journalism world in which print and digital media are converging and communication professionals are expected to have skills in a wide variety of traditional, digital and social media. This program gives students the ability to study in-depth the joint role of advertising and public relations in communicating topics and issues to target audiences as part of a solid liberal arts education.
The E.W. Scripps School of Journalism strives to admit the best academically and professionally qualified freshmen. The school considers the following criteria in granting admission:
· Strength of high school curriculum
· Performance in high school curriculum
· High school class rank (if your class ranks)
· High school grade point average
· ACT and/or SAT scores
Students demonstrating notable talent or experience, as well as applicants from historically underrepresented populations, are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants are encouraged to include in their application essay information about all media-related experience, as well as participation in the school’s High School Journalism Workshop, if applicable.
Instead of reporting minimum test scores and GPA requirements, we report the middle 50% range to give a more accurate picture of the students who we are admitting. Our incoming freshmen class will be made up of students who are in the top 25% with higher scores as well as students in the lower 25% with lower scores. See the university-wide profile for comparison. For example, the middle 50% of the school’s admitted freshman classes for the fall of 2012 and 2013 had:
· High school class rank: top 7-34%
· ACT composite scores: 24-28
· SAT composite scores (Math + Critical Reading): 1050-1250
· High school grade point average: 3.64 (4.0 scale)
NOTE: Students who attended our High School Journalism Workshop and earned Ohio University credit should indicate on the freshman application that they previously attended Ohio University (they should use the traditional application for incoming freshmen, despite the credit hour earned as a high school students).
Change of Program Policy
Students seeking to change their major to journalism must follow the same requirements as external transfer applicants.
External Transfer Admission
Transfer students are admitted to the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism twice each year. The policy applies to all transfers from other departments at Ohio University, as well as from other colleges and universities. Transfer students will be considered only when they have completed at least 30 semester hours, with a minimum 3.0 GPA. In addition to grades, consideration will be given to journalism courses taken, journalism experience or background in a program offered by the School (professional or college), test scores, letters of recommendation, personal statements of intent, and work samples. Applicants for transfer must use the School’s Application for Transfer form, which is available on the “Admissions Information” section of the school’s website. Official transcripts, letters, and other supporting documents must be attached to the Application for Transfer at the time of its submission.
Transfer applications are accepted – no later than September 28 for transfer in spring semester and February 15 for transfer in fall semester. Application for transfer can be made only once per academic year. Applications must be received by the above dates. Late applications will not be considered. A special faculty committee will conduct evaluations and recommendations. The School’s director and associate director will make final decisions.
Opportunities Upon Graduation
Students are prepared for careers in advertising and public relations, including social media. Opportunities include work at private firms, nonprofit-sector organizations, and agencies such as advertising, interactive, public relations, branding, direct marketing and promotional agencies. The program also prepares students for graduate programs in mass communication.