While many 4-year public and private universities in Ohio grant communication degrees, there are 27 schools offering specialized programs with an emphasis in broadcasting. Students most commonly graduate from these programs with a bachelor's degree; however, one school does offer graduate education in broadcasting. In addition to coursework, some programs feature practicum experiences and internship opportunities that allow for hands-on learning. The following programs are offered:
- Broadcasting and Mass Communication
- Broadcasting and Journalism
- Journalism: Broadcast Journalism
- Broadcast Media
- Journalism and Mass Communication
- Communication Arts
- Communication Studies
- Journalism and Media Production
- Journalism News and Information
- Multimedia Journalism
Baldwin Wallace University
Baldwin-Wallace University is located in Berea and offers a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting and Mass Communication through the communications arts and sciences department. Along with coursework designed to facilitate the understanding of mass media, the program also emphasizes on-air opportunities for students through practicum courses. The college's television program, BuzzTV, features content created and edited by students, generating their knowledge of production and broadcasting. Core courses include radio production and studio management, writing for the media, communication, and leadership, audio for media and television production fundamentals.
Bluffton University is located in Bluffton and has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with Broadcasting/Journalism concentration, which is housed under the Communication and Theatre Department. The program features two hours of activity credits in which students work with media outlets across campus to complete forensics, newspaper, theater and radio activities. Other required coursework examines public speaking and persuasion, media and culture, communication ethics, radio production, video production, and feature-writing. In addition to coursework, students must complete an internship requirement.
Bowling Green State University
Within the city of Bowling Green, students can find a broadcast journalism program in Bowling Green State University's journalism and public relations department. Accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC), this program requires two internships and encourages practical experience with campus media outlets, which include television and radio broadcasts. Core classes include visual editing, broadcast news, and online journalism. Classes are often limited to less than 20 students, facilitating closer interaction with full-time faculty that have professional experience in journalism and mass communication research.
Central State University
Located in Wilberforce, Central State University offers a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Media. In addition to a required internship, students complete a practicum experience assisting with one of the university's media outlets including WSCU-FM radio or the campus television station, Studio C TV. Coursework explores concepts in electronic media, communication research methods, writing for electronic media and media law. The university's communication center provides students with access to various media space and technology, including a recording studio and radio and television studios.
Kent State University
Kent-based Kent State University offers a Bachelor of Science in Journalism with a focus in broadcast news through the College of Communication and Information. Along with courses in media writing, multimedia techniques, broadcast beat reporting and producing television news, the program includes a required radio or television internship. Students may work in media outlets throughout campus, including TV2 and Black Squirrel Radio. The university also offers a Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication with an emphasis in reporting/editing: broadcast.
Located in Marietta, Marietta College's communication and media studies department offers a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting. The program fosters students' development through production opportunities on two radio stations and a television program at the McKinney Media Center. Average class sizes are between 10-15 students and the program houses a full-time faculty of five. Required coursework includes mass media and society, writing for the media, electronic media in America, video production, broadcast journalism, and audio production. Hands-on experience is gained through internships.
Mount Vernon Nazarene University
The School of Arts and Humanities at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, in Mount Vernon, has a Bachelor of Arts in Video and Radio Broadcasting. Required curriculum includes practicum courses in radio and video, along with courses in film and television arts, radio production, media and society, and media management. The program offers further optional practicum courses in sportscasting, interim radio, fundraising, and underwriting. To complete this program, students are required to pursue a minor in an alternate subject and create a professional communication portfolio.
Ohio Northern University
Located in Ada, Ohio Northern University offers a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts with a focus in electronic media and broadcasting within the College of Arts and Sciences. Students receive hands-on training in media technologies through student-run television and radio facilities, as well as have access to several related organizations including College Broadcasters, Inc. In addition to coursework in radio, television, cable and corporate video, an internship program is available for practical experience.
Athens-based Ohio University offers a Bachelor of Science in Journalism News and Information, which includes the former broadcast news track. Available through the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, the program, which is accredited by the ACEJMC, engages students through internships, volunteer opportunities with local news programs and collaboration with the university's radio and television broadcasting stations. In addition to required coursework in media, communication law and ethics, students must complete a news and information capstone course. Additionally, students may choose to concentrate their studies in broadcasting through a specialization option.
University of Cincinnati - Blue Ash College
Located in Blue Ash, the University of Cincinnati - Blue Ash College has a broadcasting program that values professional experience and knowledge of growing technologies. The one-year media certificate program has an open-admission policy and is offered through the Electronic Media Communication Department at Blue Ash College. Along with the option for internship experience, this program features small class sizes and encourages student involvement with UCTV, the department's own television channel broadcast. In addition to providing internship and employment opportunities, UCTV also provides a forum to highlight students' media production.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Broadcasting Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)|
|Baldwin Wallace University||Four-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb||Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting and Mass Communication||$30,776 (2016-2017)*; $33,530 tuition only (2019-2020)**|
|Bluffton University||Four-year, private not-for-profit; distant town||Bachelor of Arts in Communication with Broadcasting/Journalism concentration||$32,766*|
|Bowling Green State University||Four-year, public; distant town||Bachelor of Science in Journalism-Broadcast|| $11,105 (in-state),
|Central State University||Four-year, public; rural||Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Media|| $6,346 (in-state),
|Kent State University||Four-year, public; large suburb|| Bachelor of Science in Journalism,
Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication
| $20,007.04 in-state,
$11,131.04 out-of-state (tuition only 2019-2020)**
|Marietta College||Four-year, private not-for-profit; small city||Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting||$36,040*|
|Mount Vernon Nazarene University||Four-year, private not-for-profit; rural||Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Media Production||$29,244*|
|Ohio Northern University||Four-year, private not-for-profit; distant town|| Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies,
Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Journalism
|$32,500 Arts & Sciences (2019-2020)**|
|Ohio University||Four-year, public; distant town||Bachelor of Science in Journalism News and Information|| $12,192 (in-state),
|University of Cincinnati - Blue Ash College||Four-year, public; large suburb||Certificate in Broadcast Media|| $6,010 in-state,
$14,808 out-of-state (2019)**
Sources: *NCES College Navigator. **School's Website.