Prepare for graduate and professional study of law

With the Pre-Law minor, you will prepare for the rigors of graduate or professional education by enhancing skills in analytical reasoning, critical reading and effective communication. You will be ready for success in graduate studies or law school, and for a variety of careers in addition to law. The minor is a valuable addition to students in any major.

Pre-Law minor curriculum

The selection of required and elective courses for this multidisciplinary minor is based on recommendations established by the Association of American Law Schools. You will be required to take courses in American constitutional law and persuasion and a writing course.

Required Courses

  • American Constitutional Law
  • Persuasion
  • A writing course
  • 3 electives

Find your humanities degree at Carlow

In Carlow University’s Humanities degree programs, you can develop skills, such as creative and critical thinking, that are highly sought after by employers, as well as prepare for graduate-level studies.

Forge your own path. Become the person you are meant to be.

You can take the time to explore your personal and academic interests in an adaptable learning experience with a General Studies degree. Created with working people and students who have changed majors in mind, the major is grounded in the liberal arts.

As you adapt your studies to your interests and goals, you will gain a progressive depth of knowledge in a specialized area of study, becoming adept at integrative thinking and “thinking outside the box.”

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Degree:

Bachelor of Arts

Delivery:

On campus, some online

Campus:

Oakland

Transfer credits:

Up to 90 credits

General studies curriculum 

The General Studies major is student-directed, with the oversight of an advisor. You will choose a study focus and take a minimum of 12 credits in one discipline, but will be able to branch out further in your interests. For example, you could study the plays of Shakespeare in one course, economic theory in another and biblical interpretation in yet another.  

At the end of the program, you will develop a project that demonstrates integrative thinking and proficiency in chosen areas. 

Quick facts

  • Adapt your learning experience to your personal interests
  • Take advantage of a learning experience designed with curious people in mind
  • Cultivate critical thinking and analytical skills 
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Career opportunities for General Studies

Cultivating critical thinking and analytical skills enables students to find success in a range of careers, including nonprofit and human services agencies, entertainment and media.

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.

Create an individualized course of study

If you’re creative and independent and you’re interested in an interdisciplinary approach to your studies and future career, Carlow’s Liberal Studies major is an ideal option for you. In this program, you will work with an advisor and engage with guided studies to create your own major, adapting your learning experience to your academic and professional goals. You will choose three minors in separate programs to cultivate in-depth knowledge in those areas of study.

The Liberal Studies major is also an excellent choice if you are interested in studying at the graduate level, especially if you have aspirations that require in-depth knowledge of more than one area.

Natalie Mukankusi (Class of ’20, biology), left, and Fadila Yumouh (Class of ’21, biology) work together to solve an equation during a Physics II class taught by Bill Kowallis in Curran Hall, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. (Rebecca Droke/Carlow University) during a Physics II class taught by Bill Kowallis in Curran Hall, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. (Rebecca Droke/Carlow University)
Degree:

Bachelor of Arts

Delivery:

On campus, some online

Campus:

Oakland

Transfer credits:

Up to 90 credits

Liberal Studies major curriculum

Two of your chosen minors must be in liberal arts programs, such as humanities, art or women’s studies; one may be in a professional studies program such as accounting, business management or human resources. You may also choose three liberal arts areas of study. At the end of the program, you will complete a thesis that reflects your program outcomes.

Quick facts

  • Adapt your learning experience to suit your academic and professional interests
  • Prepare yourself for graduate-level studies with an interdisciplinary education
  • Cultivate analytical and critical thinking skills, which are highly sought after by employers
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Career opportunities for Liberal Studies majors 

Career opportunities with a Liberal Studies degree include marketing and communications and sales. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment rate for advertising, promotions and marketing managers is slated to increase 6% over the next 10 years, largely driven by organizations’ need to expand their market footholds.

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.

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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Degree:

Bachelor of Arts

Delivery:

On campus, some online

Campus:

Oakland

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

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 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.

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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.
Apply

anytime

Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

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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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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 

Learn to read critically, think clearly, communicate effectively and write persuasively

As an English major, you will build an understanding of British, American and world literature, significant writers, and writing strategies. You can also focus on areas of interest through electives that can lead to a minor or double major.

You will develop effective communication, critical reading and thinking skills and learn advanced analytical research methods, preparing for a variety of professions that rely on those skills such as law, teaching and professional writing.

You can gain publication and presentation experience through Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society, as well as editorial experience with “The Critical Point,” Carlow’s journal of visual and literary arts, and the Carlow University newspaper.  

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Degree:

Bachelor of Art

Delivery:

On campus, some online

Campus:

Oakland

Transfer credits:

Up to 90 credits

English degree curriculum

The English major curriculum focuses on timeless literary works and writers who address today’s major issues. Course options include Peace/Justice Themes in American Literature, Shakespeare in the 21st Century,  Literature in Translation, Myths and Monsters, and Visions of Social Change. Other courses cover genres such as the American novel, Romantic or Early Modern women writers, and contemporary issues in poetry, drama and prose by modern British authors. A Writing for Social Media internship is also available.

Quick facts

  • Establish a strong foundation in British, American and world literature
  • Develop practical skills that are highly sought after in professional environments
  • Gain valuable professional experience through publication or conference participation, editorial opportunities and internships  
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Olivia Miller, ’21, biology major and runner on the track & field/cross country team.

Understand literature in an online world

English and Liberal Studies double major Caitlin McDonough ’21 is grateful for the attention students receive from faculty in the English program. “I experienced the timelessness of literature through new perspectives, and I learned how to grow and market my writing skills for an increasingly online world.” 

Alternate degree completion 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 English majors

Employers seek candidates with critical and creative thinking skills; this provides English majors unique opportunities beyond their field of study, including public relations and social media management. Many English graduates use their writing skills in business or nonprofit settings.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment rate for public relations specialists is expected to increase 7% over the next 10 years.

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

Experience a well-rounded education

English major Madeline Longmore ’22 said Carlow has exceeded her expectations since the moment she enrolled. “The small community has allowed me to be seen as a person instead of another number in a large lecture hall. The English literature program has exposed me to a wide range of artists and historical perspectives. The English professors have made diversity and intersectionality a basis for all their curriculum. I have learned more than literature; I have experienced bodies of work that connect our past to our present.”

Madeline Longmore English student testimonial
Olivia Miller, ’21, biology major and runner on the track & field/cross country team.

English faculty

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Explore literature with an English minor

You can develop communication and creative skills and work with American, British and world literature with an English minor from Carlow University. You will develop critical thinking and analytical skills highly sought by employers, and refine your writing skills.

You can adapt your learning experience to suit your academic and professional goals. Possible professions include law, teaching and professional writing.

You will be encouraged to engage with literature that intrigues you, including crime fiction, literature in translation and environmental justice literature.

English minor curriculum

This minor is open to any major. A minimum of 18 credits in English is required.

Required Courses

  • Chaucer
  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Shakespeare

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

Become a museum curator, archivist or art historian

You can use your passion for art and social justice and engage with big ideas with an Art History degree from Carlow University. The bachelor’s in Art History is grounded in the study of  contemporary art and critical theory, focusing on the cultural and visual dimensions of social justice, as well as curatorial and museum studies. 

You will cultivate skills in visual literacy, critical thinking and writing, explore curating as a form of activism, and learn about undergraduate research and exhibition development. 

You will learn professional skills needed to work in museums, galleries and cultural organizations as well as broader fields such as education, law and nonprofit management. You will also be prepared to pursue a graduate degree in art history, museum studies, and conservation and preservation. 

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Degree:

Bachelor of Arts

Delivery:

On campus, some online

Campus:

Oakland

Transfer credits:

Up to 90 credits

Art history degree curriculum

You will be introduced to the study of visual culture, and cultivate skills in creative problem solving and problem seeking, critical thinking and exhibition making. You will take courses in art history and museum studies, as well as studio and design courses, and complete practicums and internships. Mentorship-model courses are tailored to your interests and post-graduate goals.

You can complete an internship with the Carlow University Art Gallery, working with professional artists, curators and museum professionals; curating exhibitions; developing and leading tours; serving as an attendant; assisting with collection management and artwork inventories; or researching and developing digital curation strategies.

You can engage with contemporary artists and organizations and rich local collections of public art through Pittsburgh’s vibrant art scene and cultural institutions.

Quick facts

  • Gain professional experience at the Carlow University Art Gallery
  • Explore Pittsburgh’s vibrant art scene and cultural landmarks as part of your education
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Alternate degree completion 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 Art History

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for archivists, curators and museum workers is projected to grow 11% from 2019 to 2029, faster than most other occupations. This growth is attributed to archival information storage needs as well as increased public interest in science, art and history.

Admission requirements and application process

  1. Submit an application for admission. It is free to apply.
  2. 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

Art History faculty

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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.

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