Prepare for a dynamic field with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications degree

Communication plays a crucial role in many sectors and is ever-changing. Career opportunities change, too, from traditional journalism to public relations to digital storytelling. 

With a communications degree from Carlow University, you will develop your creative thinking skills with a focus on social justice. Choose from different tracks, including organizational management, advocacy and social change, and digital media.

You will cultivate the skills needed to work with media outlets, marketing agencies, corporations and nonprofits.

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Bachelor of Arts


On campus, some online



Transfer credits:

Up to 90 credits

Communication degree curriculum

You can refine your education focus with the selection of a program-specific track in the communication degree program. Organizational management caters to business communications; advocacy and social justice focuses on communication and social justice; and digital media concentrates on crafting messages across multiple platforms.

In each track, you will access hands-on learning opportunities, such as developing your news writing and research skills by working with “The Carlow Chronicle,” a student-run newspaper, and polishing your broadcasting skills with “Carlow Sports Talk.”

Classroom and real-world practice help you hone problem-solving, team-building and critical thinking skills, all highly sought after by employers.In the Hopkins Communication Lab, you can practice professional presentations and perform research. Student tutors can help you master your public speaking skills.

Quick facts

  • Specialize your studies with program-specific tracks
  • Get hands-on experience with the student-run newspaper and the sports radio program
  • Develop skills valued by employers
Professor Michael Balmert teaches a communications ethics, Wednesday, January 29, 2020. (Rebecca Droke/Carlow University)

Alternate degree completion options

3-Year Degree

Finish your bachelor’s degree in three years by following a 3-year academic plan. Courses are taken across fall, spring and summer terms with summer courses completely online. When applying, indicate your interest in the 3-Year Degree option.


Fast track your way to a master’s by taking graduate courses as an undergraduate student. Course credits count toward both degrees. Apply for the accelerated option after your sophomore year.

Career opportunities for communications

According to the U.S. Bureau of Statistics, employment in media and communications occupations is projected to grow 4% from 2019 to 2029, about average. Organizations need professionals to create, edit and deliver information through multiple platforms.

Admission requirements and application process

  • Submit an application for admission. It is free to apply.
  • Request that official transcripts from all current and previous institutions you’ve attended are sent directly to the Carlow University Office of Admissions.


Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

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Find the right mix.

Haley Chiusano ’22 was very impressed with the helpful atmosphere at Carlow. “I have learned so much (at Carlow). The professors are so knowledgeable and the coursework is very fair. It pushes me to be a good student, while also allowing me to have time for other things such as volleyball and my job.”

Communication faculty

Contact Admissions

If you are interested in this major, our Admissions team is available to help you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit or attending an upcoming event.

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