Write and inspire with a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing

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.

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Bachelor of Arts


On campus, some online



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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Spirit Ambassador Carly Hapach (Class of ’23 biology/perfusion technology) outside the University Commons, Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. (Rebecca Droke/Carlow University)

Alternate degree completion options


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.

Creative writing major publishes first novel

Malcolm Randall, a junior creative writing major and forward on the basketball team at Carlow University, fulfilled that goal in the fall of 2021. On Oct. 16, his first novel, titled “Sheriff Sebastian Part 1: The Boy,” was published and available for sale on Amazon.

Read his story

▸ Watch his story on WTAE-Pittsburgh

Malcolm Randall, wearing a white sweatshirt and grey pants, sits next to a basketball court holding his new novel.
Malcom Randall, a junior creative writing major, and basketball player, who published his first young adult novel “Sheriff Sebastian,” in St. Joe’s Gym, Monday, January 24, 2022. (Rebecca Droke/Carlow University)

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.


Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

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Olivia Miller, ’21, biology major and runner on the track & field/cross country team.

Creative writing major says connections make program unique

Creative writing major KJ Miller ’21 said Carlow’s program is unique because of the connections students make. “Each professor in the program creates a knowledgeable and familiar environment, so that you are always learning how to perfect your craft as well as be comfortable sharing your own work. You gain mentorship on a new level – not only do they want to advise you, but they want to see you succeed while giving you all of the tools you need to do so.”

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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 

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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