Student Research

Independent Studies

Even before the Senior Project, the department encourages advanced work done in a field of special interest, beyond the scope of scheduled courses. Some recent examples:

  • Producing a video documentary
  • Directing a production for Meadville Council on the Arts
  • A study in advertising or public relations
  • Interdisciplinary study of creativity in art and theatre
  • Writing an original play

Senior Project

Every Alleghenian completes a Senior Project in his or her major field—a significant piece of original work, designed by the student and a faculty advisor, that proves to employers and graduate schools the ability to complete a major assignment, to work independently, to analyze and synthesize information, and to write and speak persuasively. Communication Arts majors devise some of Allegheny’s most creative and unusual projects, though they always include a written report and an oral defense of the work. Some recent examples:

  • The Village Celebrates: An Exploration of the Lake Effect Hardcore Collective (research project/paper)
  • A Journey in Aesthetics: Scenic and Lighting Design for “Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)”
  • A Public Relations Assessment of Eating Disorder Treatment at Allegheny College (research project/ paper)
  • Bad Rap: More Than Explicit Lyrics (an original essay and play)
  • Television as an Educational Tool for Children: A Look at Sesame Street (research project/paper)
  • An Exploration Between Rhetoric and Education: Linking Theory with Practice (research project/paper)

Student Achievements

  • Short story published in Allegheny Review (competitive national journal)
  • Regional entries in American College Theatre Festival’s Irene Ryan Acting Competition
  • Acting and design auditions, University and Resident Theatre Association (URTA) and South East Theatre Conference (SETC)
  • Three-city tour of a children’s play
  • Lighting design for Orchesis (modern dance)
  • Student productions of The Colored Museum, Hair, and Once on This Island
  • Student Playwrights’ Festival of Original Plays