pictured: Jennifer Snyder-Duch, PhD; Linda Schifino, Phd; Michael Balmert, PhD; Rachel Friem 

Do good and do well with a degree in Communication!

Our communication programs offer you a focus on creative thinking, and grounded in social justice, you'll study multiple areas of discipline, arming you with the knowledge and skills that are in demand now.

Your Communication courses will equip you with skills in problem-solving, team-building, and critical thinking - skills that employers want. You will also engage in exciting out-of-class learning experiences (see Highlights, below). You'll work with a Communication faculty of dedicated, award-winning individuals who are experts in their fields and who offer caring support as mentors and academic advisors.


Program chair Jennifer Snyder-Duch is teaching a course for the Women and Gender Studies program for a third year in a row to support the learning of students who are mentors in Carlow's Strong Women Strong Girls chapter. Dr. Snyder-Duch developed this course in consultation with SWSG directors and WGS faculty in 2015.

Dr. Snyder-Duch and Jim Kelly (Social Work) hosted students at a summer camp here at Carlow to prepare them as members of the first ever Youth Budget Council in the city of Pittsburgh, initiated by Councilman Corey O’Connor. Saturday Light Brigade Radio, Inc. partnered with Carlow and the City Council to offer the camp.

Michael Ballmert, Communication faculty
Professor Michael Balmert, PhD

Michael Balmert is teaching the new Leadership and Social Change Capstone course. It is a community-based course working in partnership with the Center That CARES in Pittsburgh’s Hill District and the Social Justice Institutes on asset mapping surrounding the issue of gun violence in the Hill District.

Rachel Friem is Chair of the Communication Centers Section of the National Communication Association beginning in November 2017.

The Hopkins Communication Lab offers students ability to use state of the art equipment. It also offers work experience as tutors. According to Rachel Friem, Director of the Hopkins Lab, 100% of lab tutors are either employed in their field or in graduate school upon graduation.

If you'd like to learn more about our Communication program, let us know!

"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

Where Our Graduates Go

Our students have obtained dynamic internships with media outlets, corporations, advertising and public relations firms, sports teams, and non-profit organizations. Recent Carlow graduates who majored in communication fields have accepted jobs as: 

  • marketing communication manager
  • social media specialist
  • special event and communications associate
  • multimedia specialist
  • digital communications director
  • donor relations specialist

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

The US Bureau of Labor and Statistics expects job growth for communication and writing careers to be faster than the average for all careers through 2018.   



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“Carlow is a great place to find yourself. There are so many people to help you find your strengths and to help you get even stronger.” - Liz Smith, Communication for Advocacy Major '15