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 Minor

  • English
  • Environmental Writing
  • Writing