The English Department


GATOR DAY is upon us, and whether you are a comping senior or undecided freshman or somewhere in between, there is an event on this day for you: an English Panel will be taking place at 12:15 in Oddfellows room 105C.

Four Allegheny English graduates are returning to campus to discuss their careers and jobs (none of which include teaching), and how their degrees have served them well. There will be snacks and the alumni will answer any questions you have for them. 

We hope to see all of you there!



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: Oddfellows Hall, Room 205
Office Hours: Fall 2014
M-F: 7:30am-4pm
Phone: (814) 332-4343

Christopher Bakken (Department Chair)
Office Location: Oddfellows Hall, Room 220
Office Hours: Fall 2014                                                                                                                                                       Monday 11:00- 2:00; Tuesday 12:30-1:30; Wednesday 11:00-1:00, and by appointment                                           Phone: (814) 332-4338