Chanessa Schuler

Chanessa Schuler, 2012 graduate in communication, Director of Programs at Saturday Light Brigade

Enter a Dynamic Field with a Communication Degree

Communication is a field that touches virtually every industry, particularly now as the field is growing in complexity. From traditional journalism to digital storytelling, communication professionals can be found in a variety of roles.

By pursuing a BA in Communication, you can set the stage for a career working in media outlets, corporations, marketing agencies, nonprofit organizations, and more.

Communication Program Highlights

Offered through Carlow's College of Leadership & Social Change, our communication degree programs focus on creative thinking that is grounded in social justice. You'll study multiple disciplines while preparing to become an ethically-driven communication professional. In this program, you will:

  • Develop skills employers seek, like problem-solving, team-building and critical thinking
  • Learn from dedicated, award-winning faculty who are experts in their fields
  • Get support through mentorships and from academic advisors who are driven to help you succeed
  • Graduate faster and start your career earlier with a 3-year bachelor's degree  

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Choose Your Communication Major

Prepare for 21st-century careers in all areas of communication. At Carlow, we offer the following communication majors and minors so you can develop skills in the areas that interest you:

Ready to take the next step and further your education at Carlow University? Apply for free online.  

Find Your Way to Get Involved

There are many ways to go beyond the classroom and get involved at Carlow, particularly if you are following a communication degree path. From student-run newspapers and media programs to labs that help you develop your career skills, you'll find ways to hone your abilities develop your skills and build your career potential.

  • The Carlow Chronicle
    Develop your journalistic voice as part of our student-produced newspaper. Read the Chronicle >  
  • Carlow Sports Talk
    Pursue your passion for sports media by helping to produce our sports-focused radio program. Listen to a Recent Broadcast >  
  • Youth Media Advocacy Project
    Work on media projects that help you give voice and awareness to today's most pressing issues. Read More >  
  • Travel Opportunities
    Expand your perspective by participating in a group tour, like the "2016 Roots of the Civil Rights Movement" Tour. Learn More >  
  • Work with Media Tech
    Access state-of-the-art technology in The Hopkins Communication Lab, where you can hone your individual skills or gain work experience as a tutor. According to Rachel Friem, Director of the Hopkins Lab, 100% of lab tutors are either employed in their field or go on to graduate school upon graduation. Learn More >  

What Can You Do With a Communication Degree?

The media landscape is changing rapidly, which means communication professionals no longer need to be versed in just one kind of media. They need to be prepared to think critically about how messaging is communicated strategically in a dynamic social and technological landscape.

As a result, the job market for individuals who are prepared for these complex roles is favorable. The US Bureau of Labor and Statistics projects 6% job growth for media and communication occupations between 2016 and 2026. If you are looking for a career that will pique your interest and set you up for long-term success, majoring in communication could be the right fit for you.

Median Annual Wage (2017)

$56,340, which is higher than the median annual wage for all occupations ($37,690)

Potential Job Titles

  • Marketing Communication Manager
  • Social Media Specialist
  • Special Event and Communications Associate
  • Multimedia Specialist
  • Digital Communications Director
  • Donor Relations Specialist

Where Our Graduates Go

Recent Carlow graduates who majored in communication fields have interned or accepted full-time positions, such as:

  • Community Relations intern, Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Digital Organizer, Penn Environmental Pittsburgh
  • Digital Marketing Intern, Blue Sky ETO
  • Comm Intern, Seekahoo
  • Outreach and Events Intern, Kiva Pittsburgh
  • Marketing Intern, Humane Animal Rescue
  • Social Media Intern, 31st Street Studios
  • Music Marketing and Promotions intern, Opus One Productions
  • Intern, MARC USA

Start Your Journey at Carlow

At Carlow, you'll find a community of talented, forward-thinking, ethically-driven students and faculty who will support you through your education. To learn more about what it is like to study at Carlow, request more information today. Or, apply now online for free.


Kayla Bowyer, 2011 communication graduate  


Just one person can do a lot, but sometimes people think that issues seem so large. For larger issues, you can connect with others. When you're connected to a larger organization you can really make an impact.

Faculty News and Highlights

Jennifer Snyder-Duch, Program Chair, Communication Department  

For the third year in a row, Jennifer Snyder-Duch is teaching a course for the Women and Gender Studies (WGS) program. Dr. Snyder-Duch developed this course in consultation with the Strong Women Strong Girls (SWSG) directors and WGS faculty to help support students who are mentors in Carlow's SWSG chaper.

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Jim Kelly, Director of Field Education, Department of Social Work

In partnership with the Saturday Light Brigade Radio, Inc., Jim Kelly and Dr. Snyder-Duch hosted students at a summer camp at Carlow University to prepare them as members of the first ever Youth Participatory Budget Council in Pittsburgh. The program was initiated by Councilman Corey O'Connor to help engage young people in local government.

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Rachel Friem, Hopkins Lab Coordinator, Communication Department

Beginning in November 2017, Rachel Friem became the Chair of the Communication Centers Section of the National Communication Association (NCA).

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Michael Balmert, PhD, Professor and Former Chair, Communication Department  

Michael Balmert is now teaching the new Leadership and Social Change Capstone course. It is a community-based course designed in partnership with Carlow's Social Justice Institutes and the Center That Cares in Pittsburgh's Hill District. This course gives students the opportunity to conduct asset mapping surrounding the issue of gun violence in the Hill District.

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Michael Ballmert, Communication faculty
Professor Michael Balmert, PhD  

"My decision to attend Carlow University was probably the most spontaneous one I have ever made; yet from day one, I never regretted it...To this day, I continue my relationship with Carlow because it became my home, and the people that I met—faculty, staff, my peers—became my family."

- Ashley Kunkle, Communication Major

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