Sep 22, 2023
Major code BJ6910
College of Communication
School of Journalism
Scripps Hall 105
Athens, OH 45701
Hugh Martin, contact person
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.
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.
- 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 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.
Complete the following courses with a grade of C (2.0) or better:
Complete one of the following courses:
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
Complete 21 hours in subject area other than Journalism, Media Arts & Studies, or Visual Communication. Complete one of two options as approved by your advisor.
Complete 21 hours in a single department within the College of Arts and Sciences, with 6 hours at the 3000-level or higher.
Complete 12 hours in a single department within the College of Arts and Sciences , with 6 hours at the 3000-level or higher and 9 hours in any other department or an advisor approved collection of related courses.
General Liberal Arts Requirement
Complete one course from each of the following:
- African American Studies (AAS) or Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS)
- Applied Science
- Arts & Sciences elective
- 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 CP course
Complete two courses from each of the following:
- Economics (ECON)
- English (ENG, one in literature)
- Foreign or Sign Language (must be same language)
- Philosophy (PHIL 1200, plus additional PHIL or CLWR course)