You’re already a communicator. You text, photograph, stream, chat, talk and listen. How can you do each more effectively? How can you turn them into marketable skills? Employers in every sector say the top skills they are looking for in new employees are: competent and confident speaking, skilled and detail-oriented writing and excellent leadership in team environments.

Communication skills and understanding are vital in every part of your personal and professional life. Advertising, journalism and public relations are the more obvious careers associated with a communication degree, but the skills you’ll develop in this program will make you better at learning to create shared meaning, and that’s essential to success in every career imaginable. Whether you’re chasing down a story, managing a business, running for office or heading off to graduate school, being a more effective communicator provides you with an edge.

“The beauty of a communication major is that the skills are transferable to many areas of your life.”

— Lindsey Coons '21

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About the Communication Major

Carroll University’s communication program will help you develop your writing, speaking, research and intercultural communication skills. You’ll gain theoretical knowledge and practical experience through coursework, internships and opportunities to participate in campus organizations. Your education in these core skills will make you a more effective writer, speaker and leader.

You may choose to focus your studies in one of three areas: journalism, public relations or relational communication. You can also have a pre-physical therapy emphasis while completing the communication major—you’ll work with your advisor to fill out your interests with health communication and other courses. Furthermore, many students complement their communication major with a second major and most are able to do it within four years. Double majors in business, graphic communication, psychology and theater arts are common.

The flexibility of the communication major allows students the opportunity to study abroad during the junior year in countries such as England, Hong Kong and Belgium. In addition, the communication program offers cross-cultural experience classes both domestically and internationally which fulfill the university’s immersion requirement. Departmental offerings include a three-week intercultural communication class in Thailand and a two-week tour of Appalachia to discover the cultural distinctiveness of this region of the U.S.

Tracks / Minors

While all communication majors take the same four core courses, the following tracks are groupings of suggested courses based on career aspirations. In addition to the major, Carroll also offers communication minors that complement many areas of study.


We help you build real world experience, explore careers and network with professionals through internship opportunities. Recent placements include the following companies:

  • ABC News
  • Milwaukee County Zoological Society
  • Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • The Milwaukee Bucks
  • Chicago Blackhawks
  • Clear Channel Outdoor
  • Rogers Memorial Hospital
  • Midwest Whitetail Magazine


College is a big investment in a bright future. Learn more about the industries and careers our majors pursue, and the workplaces and experiences of the alumni from our program. See where yours may take you.

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Promise Bruce ’10 worked since the age of 16 and never knew the feeling as an adult of what it was like to be without a job until he was suddenly laid off. The job loss hit just before the pandemic of 2020—with 1,100 jobs cut by his employer in a round of layoffs—but the lockdown added to the strain of what he might do next. His first step: Talk to mom. Her advice was simple but solid.

Alumna Rebecca Iverson '99

Coping with COVID-19 grief


There is something you might be feeling in these days of isolation and stay-at-home orders and Carroll alumna Rebecca Iverson ’99 can help define it for you: grief.

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Meet the Faculty

Dr. Jon Gordon

Dr. Jon Gordon

Distinguished Lecturer in Communication
Dr. Rebecca Imes

Dr. Rebecca Imes

Associate Professor of Communication
Dr. Barbara King

Dr. Barbara King

Associate Professor of Communication
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