Understand the power of media: Communication: Digital Media degree

From marketing to grassroots social movements, a well-crafted message is key. With a Digital Media degree from Carlow University, you will learn the art of strategic messaging and its place in the big picture.

You will learn to develop and critique messages and hone the skills needed for written, oral and digital communication, as well as gain experience in marketing, social media and public relations. 

With an emphasis on social justice, the Digital Media degree builds a strong foundation in strategic communication for advocacy, boosting the well-being of marginalized groups. You will learn how to develop digital stories about critical issues, including gender and racial equity, immigration, and public health.

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Degree:

Bachelor of Arts

Delivery:

On campus, some online

Campus:

Oakland

Transfer credits:

Up to 90 credits

Media studies major curriculum 

You will master the elements and software of digital media to deliver your message clearly, concisely and widely through courses such as Digital Storytelling, Mass Media Society and Communication Ethics.

With an emphasis on social justice, the Digital Media degree provides the opportunity to engage with interest-specific coursework and extracurricular activities. 

Additional hands-on experience is available on campus. Through the Youth Media Advocacy Project, you can work with middle and high school students to develop communication advocacy campaigns. You can also get involved with “The Carlow Chronicle,” a student-run newspaper, and its sister podcast, as well as a webcast. 

Quick Facts

  • Develop and employ strategic communication for advocacy
  • Grow your understanding of critical issues such as gender, race and class
  • Explore digital media and what it takes to create a digital message
  • Refine your communication skills in the Youth Media Advocacy Project or the student-run newspaper

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.

Accelerated

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 Digital Media 

Armed with a digital media degree, you’ll find a wide range of career opportunities, including advertising, public relations, and sports and other media.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Statistics, though employment for writers and authors is expected to decline 2% from 2019 to 2029, employment for public relations managers is expected to grow 9%.

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.
Apply

Anytime

Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

Contact Admissions

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

Grow your skills in PR and corporate communications

You will set yourself up for career success and master highly sought-after skills in business management with a corporate communications degree from Carlow University.

In the Organizational Management degree program, you will learn corporate principles of strategic planning and interpersonal skills, organizational communication and media relations in a corporate setting.

With a unique combination of courses from Carlow’s communication and business management programs, you will gain hands-on learning experiences and cultivate valuable leadership skills.

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Degree:

Bachelor of Arts

Delivery:

On campus & online

Campus:

Oakland

Transfer credits:

Up to 90 credits

Corporate communications degree curriculum 

The Organizational Management degree curriculum takes an interdisciplinary approach, offering courses from both the communication and business management programs. You can adapt your learning experience to suit your interests while cultivating career-ready knowledge and leadership skills through courses in interpersonal communication and corporate principles of strategic planning.

Quick Facts

  • Acquire a wide range of skills and the ability to adapt to fast-paced environments
  •  Tailor your learning experience to your specific interests
  •  Benefit from a 99%  job placement rate

Alternate degree completion options

Online Degree 

Gain the knowledge you need at your convenience with our online degree option. When applying, indicate your interest in the online option.

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.

Accelerated

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 PR and corporate communications

Program graduates have a 99% job placement rate. Students go on to work for private and public companies, health care organizations, nonprofits and government agencies. Career opportunities include human services, marketing communications, event planning, philanthropy and public relations.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Statistics, employment for public relations managers is slated to grow 9% from 2019 to 2029, faster than average. These professionals are essential for organizations’ maintenance of public image.

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.
Apply

anytime

Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

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.

Learn digital storytelling

No matter your academic background, the ability to tell a good story across a variety of formats is essential. In the Digital Storytelling minor program, you will learn journalistic and documentary approaches to storytelling, information-gathering skills such as interviewing and research, and production of audio and visual media.

You can discuss what you are most passionate about by creating digital content such as videos, podcasts and feature stories. With the school-wide emphasis on social justice, Carlow University encourages stories that shine light on marginalized groups and individuals. 

Digital storytelling curriculum 

This minor is open to any major. A minimum of 18 credits is required.

Required Courses

  • Introduction to Media & Society
  • Writing for Media
  • Media Criticism
  • Digital Storytelling
  • 2 media production courses

Write and inspire with a creative writing degree 

You can build on your creative skills and refine your writing technique with Carlow’s Creative Writing major. You will explore the works of great writers while deepening your relationship with these texts through critical examination. 

You can workshop creative pieces with peers as well as working writers, and develop your ability to understand creative concepts like context, image and voice.

You can gain experience in editing, graphic design and other practical skills by working with “The Critical Point,” Carlow’s journal of visual and literary arts. Opportunities such as the Madwomen in the Attic writing workshops and annual anthology and the Red Dog Reading Series can help you hone public reading, critique and editing skills.

A Carlow student listens on his headphones as he works on his laptop.
Degree:

Bachelor of Arts

Delivery:

On campus, some online

Campus:

Oakland

Transfer credits:

Up to 90 credits

Creative writing degree curriculum 

In introductory and special topics courses, you will study poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction, and learn how to critique work in a workshop setting. You can study sound, rhythm and line in poetry studies; learn the essentials of a good story while studying fiction; and focus on narration, description and dialogue if your interest is creative nonfiction.

Other courses include world literature and language.

Quick Facts

  • Concentrate on poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction
  • Cultivate your writer’s voice
  • Intern with “The Critical Point” and the Red Dog Reading Series
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Alternate degree completion options

Accelerated

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 Creative Writing majors

With a background in creative writing, challenging and rewarding career opportunities abound, such as becoming a copywriter, working in publishing or advertising, or freelance as an editor or writer.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment rate for technical writers is slated to grow 7% over the next 10 years, largely driven by the expansion of scientific and technical products, as well as a need for web-based product support.

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.
Apply

anytime

Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

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.

Fine tune your writing skills with a minor in Creative Writing

You will develop your creative and critical thinking skills and learn how to tell a good story with a minor in Creative Writing from Carlow University. You can adapt your learning experience to fit your academic and professional interests and cultivate your writer’s voice in workshop settings.

You will learn practical skills, such as editing and graphic design, that translate well to a variety of fields where clear communication is essential. You can focus on poetry, creative nonfiction or fiction and develop an understanding of story, narrative structure and the elements of language. You will explore great literary works and deepen your relationship with these texts through discussion and critical examination.

Creative writing minor curriculum

This minor is open to any major, requires 18 credits and can be designed to suit your academic needs.

Required Courses

  • Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Poetry I: Finding Your Voice
  • Fiction I: Character, Setting, and Plot
  • Creative Nonfiction: Description, Narration, and Dialogue 

Become a creative thinker and communicator: English Major

As an English major, you will build an understanding of British, American and world literature, significant writers, and writing strategies. You can also focus on areas of interest through electives that can lead to a minor or double major.

You will develop effective communication, critical reading and thinking skills and learn advanced analytical research methods, preparing for a variety of professions that rely on those skills such as law, teaching and professional writing.

You can gain publication and presentation experience through Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society, as well as editorial experience with “The Critical Point,” Carlow’s journal of visual and literary arts, and the Carlow University newspaper.  

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Degree:

Bachelor of Art

Delivery:

On campus, some online

Campus:

Oakland

Transfer credits:

Up to 90 credits

English degree curriculum

The English major curriculum focuses on timeless literary works and writers who address today’s major issues. Course options include Peace/Justice Themes in American Literature, Shakespeare in the 21st Century,  Literature in Translation, Myths and Monsters, and Visions of Social Change. Other courses cover genres such as the American novel, Romantic or Early Modern women writers, and contemporary issues in poetry, drama and prose by modern British authors. A Writing for Social Media internship is also available.

Quick Facts

  • Establish a strong foundation in British, American and world literature
  • Develop practical skills that are highly sought after in professional environments
  • Gain valuable professional experience through publication or conference participation, editorial opportunities and internships  
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Alternate degree completion option

Accelerated

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 English majors

Employers seek candidates with critical and creative thinking skills; this provides English majors unique opportunities beyond their field of study, including public relations and social media management. Many English graduates use their writing skills in business or nonprofit settings.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment rate for public relations specialists is expected to increase 7% over the next 10 years.

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.
Apply

anytime

Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

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.

Explore literature with an English minor

You can develop communication and creative skills and work with American, British and world literature with an English minor from Carlow University. You will develop critical thinking and analytical skills highly sought by employers, and refine your writing skills.

You can adapt your learning experience to suit your academic and professional goals. Possible professions include law, teaching and professional writing.

You will be encouraged to engage with literature that intrigues you, including crime fiction, literature in translation and environmental justice literature.

English minor curriculum

This minor is open to any major. A minimum of 18 credits in English is required.

Required Courses

  • Chaucer
  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Shakespeare

Minor in Theatre

You can combine your interest in creative arts, humanities and sciences with a minor in Theatre. In this program you will develop your mind, body and imagination with a combination of thinking, doing and creative problem-solving. You can get your hands dirty with everything from building sets to being the star of the show.

Carlow University’s Rosemary Heyl Theatre is a professional space that features programming by the theater program and the University Theatre Group, which is composed of both Carlow students and Pittsburgh community members and has produced shows from William Shakespeare to Tom Stoppard.

Theatre minor curriculum

This minor is open to any major and can be customized to your interests. A minimum of 18 credits is required.

Required courses include:

  • Introduction to Theatre Arts
  • Acting

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