Understand the cultural history of gendered experiences: Minor in Women’s & Gender Studies

With the Women’s and Gender Studies minor, you can explore the historical condition of women and the interpretation of women and gender in the various disciplines. You will come to understand the present and future position of women in society and issues of intersectionality, such as race, gender, social class and sexuality. With this minor, you will be equipped to debate gendered situations today.

A minor in Women’s and Gender Studies is valuable in careers in advocacy, social services-related occupations, community development and government. 

Women’s and Gender Studies curriculum

The Women’s and Gender Studies minor requires three courses and three electives totaling 18 credits.

Required Courses

  • Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Visions of Social Change: Global Women’s Writing
  • Feminist Theories

Broaden your career paths with a Marketing minor

You can give yourself a competitive edge in the job market with a Marketing minor from Carlow University. In this program, you will learn how to understand consumer behavior and how people think, and how to apply marketing theory to consumer practice. You will gain hands-on experience in writing and research with an emphasis on creativity. 
The Marketing minor is particularly beneficial for students who plan to pursue work in copywriting, advertising and public relations.

Marketing minor curriculum

The Marketing minor is open to any major. Since there are many facets to marketing, the minor is designed to give you the basics in marketing principles, business management and media relations. You will choose two electives from communications and business.

Required courses include:

  • Introduction to Business Management 
  • Marketing
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Public Relations

Study modern languages and add a language to your skill set

You can give yourself a competitive edge in the job market with a Modern Languages minor from Carlow University. You will take six semesters of a foreign language. Credits earned while studying abroad or during enrollment at Carlow University, earned at another college or university, or earned through study at a Pennsylvania Council of Higher Education institution are accepted.

Modern languages curriculum

Required courses include:

  • Introduction to Linguistics

Earn your master’s in fiction writing 

You can develop your author’s voice and explore your creativity with an MFA in Creative Writing with a fiction focus. You can write historical fiction, flash fiction and young adult fiction. Experienced, published faculty will guide you on your writing journey in a supportive literary community.

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In Grace Library, spanning the third and fourth floor of the University Commons, there are numerous quiet spaces and study rooms for individuals and groups to use.
Credits Required:

36 credits

Cost per credit:

$1,059/credit

Time to degree:

As few as 5 semesters

Delivery:

On campus, some online

Master’s in fiction writing curriculum 

Carlow’s MFA in fiction program includes four 11-day residencies in Pittsburgh and Dublin, Ireland, that feature workshops, master classes and mentor conferences. In a required practicum, you will work on a writing and reading plan and submit work for critique, review and collaborative feedback. 

By the end of the program, you will produce and defend a publishable, book-length fiction manuscript. Lectures and readings in all genres are also available.

Quick Facts

  • Elevate your work with literary experiences and mentorships
  • Build close connections with faculty and peers
  • Expand your reading horizons and learn to critique fiction
  • Create a publishable body of work

Career opportunities for fiction writers

Career opportunities for those with creative writing degrees range from writing to social media to working in publishing. The creative thinking skills you will cultivate in this program are highly sought by employers.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for writers and authors is expected to decline 2% over the next 10 years, but many authors leverage their skill sets in freelance capacities, or go on to become postsecondary teachers. The employment rate for postsecondary teachers is expected to increase 9% over the next 10 years.

Admission requirements and application process

  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions you have attended
  • Two essays: Self-assessment of your writing ability and a critical response to a substantive piece of literature
  • 25 pages of fiction you authored
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation that address your leadership potential and ability to succeed in graduate-level work
Apply

anytime

Start terms:

Fall & Spring

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.

Expand your writing opportunities with an MFA in creative nonfiction

Experienced, published faculty will guide you on your writing journey in this program. You can explore memoirs, personal essays, short narrative work and lyric essays. A mentor will guide you to find the voice and structure that best suits your story.

You can take your writing skills to the next level and explore your creativity within a supportive literary community.

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Credits Required:

36 credits

Cost per credit:

$1,059/credit

Time to degree:

As few as 5 semesters

Delivery:

On campus, some online

Nonfiction MFA curriculum

Carlow’s MFA in creative nonfiction program includes four 11-day residencies in Pittsburgh and Dublin, Ireland, that feature workshops, master classes and mentor conferences. Practicum work will be on a writing and reading plan designed with your mentor; you will submit work for critique, review and collaborative feedback. 

By the end of the program, you will create a book-length work of publishable creative nonfiction. Seminars, lectures and readings in all genres are also available.

Quick Facts

  • Elevate your learning with small class sizes and a strong literary community
  • Cultivate connections with peers and faculty
  • Adapt your learning experience to your schedule
  • Learn to critique creative nonfiction

Career opportunities for Nonfiction writers

With the writing and creating thinking skills gained from this program, you will be well equipped to become a writing lecturer or published author or write for magazines and other publications.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment rate for editors is slated to decrease 7% over the next 10 years, though many supplement their income with freelance work.

Admission requirements and application process

You can apply for free online, and must submit the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions you have attended
  • Two essays: Self-assessment of your writing ability and a critical response to a substantive piece of literature
  • 25 pages of nonfiction you authored
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation that address your leadership potential and ability to succeed in graduate-level work

An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred; however, provisional admission is also possible if you do not meet all of the admission criteria but exhibit a strong possibility of academic success.

Apply

anytime

Start terms:

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.

Earn your Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing: Poetry at Carlow

You can begin the journey toward becoming a published poet with a MFA in Poetry from Carlow University. You will explore your creativity, refine your voice, collaborate with other students and work with acclaimed and published poets. 

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Credits Required:

36 credits

Cost per credit:

$1,059/credit

Time to degree:

As few as 5 semesters

Delivery:

On campus, some online

Poetry degree curriculum

Carlow’s MFA in Poetry program includes four 11-day residencies in Pittsburgh and Dublin, Ireland, that feature workshops, master classes, seminars, lectures and readings. Practicum work will be on a writing and reading plan designed with your mentor; you will submit work for critique, review and collaborative feedback. By the end of the program, you will create a book-length manuscript of publishable poetry.

Quick Facts

  • Develop your critical engagement with poetry
  • Prepare a publishable body of work
  • Cultivate connections with peers and faculty
  • Adapt your learning experience to your schedule

Career opportunities for Poetry

With your master’s in Poetry, you will be well equipped to work as a creative writing professor or become a published poet.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment rate for poets is slated to decline 2% over the next 10 years, but many poets go on to publish their work in literary magazines and other outlets.

Admission requirements and application process

You can apply for free online, and must submit the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions you have attended
  • Two essays: Self-assessment of your writing ability and a critical response to a substantive piece of literature
  • 10 poems you authored
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation that address your leadership potential and ability to succeed in graduate-level work

An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred; however, provisional admission is also possible if you do not meet all of the admission criteria but exhibit a strong possibility of academic success.

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.

Find your English and Communications degree at Carlow

You can prepare for a career in media, public relations, marketing or nonprofit in Carlow University’s English and communications programs. You will learn how to communicate effectively and read literature critically and cultivate highly sought after skills such as creative and critical thinking and interpersonal communication. You can specialize your communications studies with a focus on advocacy and social change, digital media or organizational management.

Prepare for a dynamic field with a 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.

A group of college students sit outside the library. Some are on laptops and some are reading books.
Degree:

Bachelor of Arts

Delivery:

On campus, some online

Campus:

Oakland

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.

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 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.
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.

Minor in communication

One skill set, highly sought by employers, crosses all academic disciplines at Carlow University: communication. The Communication minor program of studies will teach you how to build and maintain relationships across diverse cultures and groups, and cultivate leadership and team-building skills.

The Communication minor is ideal for students interested in counseling, health professions, business and other fields where interpersonal communication is essential. With an emphasis on working with others, courses will help you build written and digital communication skills.

Communication minor curriculum

The Communication minor can be customized to your interests and needs, and is open to any major. A minimum of 18 credits is required (6 credits must be 200 level or higher; 9 credits must be completed at Carlow University). 

Required Courses

  • Interpersonal/Relational Seminar
  • Persuasion
  • 4 communication elective courses

Earn a degree in Communication while focusing on your social change interests

You have seen the world change so much in such a short amount of time: climate change, human rights violations and wealth inequality, to name a few. You feel the need to help. With our social change degree, you can explore critical social justice issues and learn the communication skills necessary for social advocacy work. 

This communication degree can be tailored to your specific interests in social justice, positioning you to make a difference and create change at the local, state and federal levels.

A group of college students sit outside the library. Some are on laptops and some are reading books.
Degree:

Bachelor of Arts

Delivery:

On campus, some online

Campus:

Oakland

Transfer credits:

Up to 90 credits

Social advocacy curriculum

The social advocacy curriculum includes in-person and online courses. In addition to your communication courses, political science and social work courses are included in the curriculum to help you develop your understanding of how communication relates to social policy and advocacy. You will have the opportunity to focus your social change degree on specific interest areas including poverty, education equality and health care. 

With access to Carlow’s Hopkins Communication Lab, you will gain critical learning experiences, develop and practice professional presentations, and perform research. 

Hands-on experience includes the Youth Media Advocacy Project, an organization that empowers middle and high school students in the community to develop communication advocacy campaigns.

Quick Facts

  • Courses offered in-person and online for a hybrid model
  • Focus on your social justice interests
  • Access to our communications lab
  • Hands-on experience with the Youth Media Advocacy Project
Communications students work together with documents at a table.
Edward Scott, left, (Class of ’22, respiratory care) and Choomia Darwin (Class of ’22, respiratory care) study for a final exam at the A.J. Palumbo Hall of Science and Technology, Monday, December 9, 2019. (Rebecca Droke/Carlow University), 2019. (Rebecca Droke/Carlow University)

Career opportunities for communications

Students with a communications degree can work in an array of media and communication occupations such as a public relations specialist, a reporter or specialized areas of communications outreach for an organization.  

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in media and communications occupations is projected to grow four percent from 2019 to 2029. The public relations specialists job market is expected to grow 7 percent from 2019 to 2029. This growth is largely driven by organizations’ need to develop their 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 Admission.
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.

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