The Carlow Compass, or general education curriculum, offers you direction and flexibility in pursuing your educational objectives. The curriculum integrates your major course of study with the University’s mission, vision and Mercy heritage and emphasizes career readiness and ethical leadership. Our goal is to help you reach your academic and professional goals.

First year:

  • Connecting to Carlow
  • Critical Exploration
  • Contemplation and Action
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Sophomore. junior and senior years:

  • Liberal Arts Breadth Requirements
  • Expression
  • Natural World
  • Social Justice
  • Wisdom
  • Liberal arts depth requirement
  • Upper-level and social responsibility requirement
  • Junior anchor course
  • Senior capstone (minimum 1 credit) designed in consultation with major advisor

Skill courses:

  • Communication: Personal to Professional
  • Communications Lab
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Quantitative Reasoning Lab
  • Foundations of Writing
  • Writing Skills Lab
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If you are interested in attending Carlow University, our Admissions team is available to help you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit or attending an upcoming event.