Jul 22, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2024-25 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2024-25

Journalism Carr Van Anda Program (B.S.)

Major code BS6918 (Athens campus)/BS6919 (OHIO Online)*

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

Hans Meyer, Ph.D., Associate Director for Undergraduate Studies, 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 includes the journalism core classes, plus an approved selection of courses in journalism, media arts and studies, or visual communication. A student in this program must meet all journalism general liberal arts requirements, minor, certificate, or specialization requirements, and all Ohio University general education requirements. A student completing the Carr Van Anda program receives a Bachelor of Science degree and is prepared for multiple career opportunities in multimedia news, public relations and/or advertising.

*This program was previously BJ6910/BJ6915 which awarded the Bachelor of Science in Journalism. Pending Board of Trustees approval (anticipated June 2024), the new program codes will be BS6918/BS6919 and will award the Bachelor of Science effective the 2024-25 catalog year.

Program Learning Outcomes

The core competencies of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism are aligned with the professional values and competencies formulated by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC). As such, the faculty endorses the adoption of the ACEJMC goals. Journalism graduates should be aware of certain core values and be a­ble to:

  1. Apply the principles and laws of freedom of speech and press, in a global context, and for the country in which the institution that invites ACEJMC is located;
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the multicultural history and role of professionals and institutions in shaping communications;
  3. Demonstrate culturally proficient communication that empowers those traditionally disenfranchised in society, especially as grounded in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and ability, domestically and globally, across communication and media contexts;
  4. Present images and information effectively and creatively, using appropriate tools and technologies;
  5. Write correctly and clearly in forms and styles appropriate for the communications professions, audiences and purposes they serve;
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of professional ethical principles and work ethically in pursuit of truth, accuracy, fairness and diversity;
  7. Apply critical thinking skills in conducting research and evaluating information by methods appropriate to the communications professions in which they work;
  8. Effectively and correctly apply basic numerical and statistical concepts;
  9. Critically evaluate their own work and that of others for accuracy and fairness, clarity, appropriate style and grammatical correctness;
  10. Apply tools and technologies appropriate for the communications professions in which they work.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

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 are NO LONGER required

Students demonstrating notable talent or experience 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.

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. 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 25 for transfer in spring semester and February 12 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 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.


University-wide Graduation Requirements

Ohio University requires the completion of a minimum of 120 semester hours for the conferral of a bachelor’s degree. This program can be completed within that 120-hour requirement. For more information on the minimum hours requirement and other university-wide requirements, please review the Graduation Requirements – University-wide  page.

General Requirements for Journalism

Complete the following subject requirements:

Political Science - Complete 1 Course

Select from: POLS ****

History - Complete 2 Courses at the 2000 Level or Above

Select from: HIST 2***, HIST 3***, or HIST 4***

Sociology or Anthropology - Complete 1 Course

Select from: SOC **** or ANTH ****

Economics - Complete 1 Course

Select from: ECON **** (note: ECON 3810  cannot be used to meet this requirement)

Statistics - Complete 1 Course

Complete 1 of the following courses:

Psychology - Complete 1 Course

Select from: PSY **** (note: PSY 1110 , PSY 1110L , and PSY 2110  cannot be used to meet this requirement)

Literature - Complete 1 Course

Complete 1 of the following courses:

Philosophy - Complete 1 Course

Complete the following course:

Religion - Complete 1 Course

Complete 1 of the following courses:

Foreign or Sign Language - Complete 2 Courses in One Foreign or Sign Language

Select from:

African American Studies - Complete 1 Course

Select from: AAS ****

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies - Complete 1 Course

Select from: WGSS ****

Major Requirements

The following 5 sub-sections comprise the major-specific requirements for the program. A 3.0 GPA is required of this section of requirements.

Journalism Elective

Complete 9 additional hours in Journalism (JOUR) courses which have not been used to meet other requirements.

Journalism/Professional Courses

Complete 12 hours from the following subject areas as approved by an advisor:


Complete an advisor approved internship.

Journalism Requirement

Declare a Second Major, a Minor or Certificate Program in another School or Department OR create an Advisor-Approved group of related courses with a minimum of 15 hours.