Jul 19, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2024-25 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2024-25

Communication (B.S.)

Major Code BS5398*

Scripps College of Communication 
100 Schoonover Center
20 E. Union St.
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.4883

Dr. Brittany Peterson, Director of E-Learning Development, Scripps College of Communication, contact person

Program Overview

The Communication major program is ideally suited for professionals in a variety of public, non-profit, and private organizations who have positions that emphasize internal and external communication. The major cross-trains individuals in visual, written, and oral communication, emphasizing both practical application and theory-based communication strategy. The major is delivered in a flexible online format, requiring no face-to-face meetings. The major is open to students at any stage of their college career including recent high school graduates and transfer students. Students who have already completed an associate’s degree (60 or more semester hours or 90 or more quarter hours) are also excellent candidates for this degree program. Courses in the major are designed with best practices for online pedagogy, emphasizing the same student enrichment philosophy that grounds other majors in the Scripps College of Communication.

*This program was previously BC5381 which awarded the Bachelor of Science in Communication. Pending Board of Trustees approval (anticipated June 2024), the new program code will be BS5398 and will award the Bachelor of Science effective the 2024-25 catalog year.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

Admission requirements for the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Communication program are in line with the regional campuses. Regional campuses have an open admissions policy for high school graduates. Admission is based on an official high school transcript or equivalent.

Change of Program Policy

No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission

Transfer students are reviewed for admission in accordance with University policy. Standardized test scores (Accuplacer, ACT, or SAT) are not required for admission but are required for placement. Visit the web page for the appropriate regional campus for up-to-date information about application deadlines and processes.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

This program equips students with competencies in visual, written, and oral communication, emphasizing both practical application and theory based communication strategy. Students are prepared for careers in communication-intensive positions in a wide variety of public, non-profit, and private organizations.


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.

College-Level Requirements for the Scripps College of Communication

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

Foundational Knowledge and Skills

Complete the following courses:


Complete the following courses:

Interdisciplinary Electives

Complete one or more general elective courses in order to reach the reach minimum 120 hours required for graduation.