The English Department

Allegheny’s English Department offers a wide range of courses in literature and in creative and expository writing. The study of literature provides our students with a variety of interpretive methods and perspectives, increases their awareness of the range of creative expression, and introduces them to cultural values  that deepen and challenge their own.

Our curriculum seeks to improve students’ ability to express their own best ideas in a variety of forms. By mastering modes of analytical reading, critical explication, coherent argument, and creative thinking, students acquire those skills required to succeed in many professional fields. By studying a variety of literatures in English, they learn to recognize the ideas and perspectives that shape their own and earlier times; and by cultivating a sensitivity to and healthy skepticism about the subtlety and power of language, they become educated in the fullest sense.

Major & Minor Programs

English Major
A progression of courses designed to foster critical thinking, speaking, and writing skills. 40-48 semester hours.

  • English Major
  • English Major with an emphasis in Creative Writing
  • English Major with an emphasis in Journalism

English Minor

  • English
  • Environmental Writing
  • Writing

 Contact the Department:

Mailing address

Department of English
Allegheny College Box #95
520 North Main St.
Meadville, PA 16335

Ashley Wright (Department Administrator and Building Coordinator)
Office Location: Odd Fellows Hall, Room 205
Office Hours: M-F: 7:30am-4pm
Phone: (814) 332-4343

Christopher Bakken (Department Chair)
Office Location: Odd Fellows Hall, Room 220
Office Hours: Fall 2015
Mondays & Wednesdays 11:00- 1:00; Tuesdays 12:30-1:20; Thursdays 10:00-11:00, and by appointment
Phone: (814) 332-4338