English Major: Emphasis in Creative Writing

Allegheny’s English Department prepares students for an unknown future through the study of literary citizenship. Our program is oriented in flexibility and deep thinking, dedicated to the analysis and production of texts that mediate our relationship to the world, and committed to the cultivation of the uniqueness of human intellect, creativity, and communication. As readers and writers, we explore how literature and language shape, have shaped, and will shape the world within which we live.

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English students report employment within the first eights months of graduation

What Makes English—Creative Writing at Allegheny Different?

The Allegheny Review — a nationwide undergraduate literary magazine

One of America's few dedicated exclusively to undergraduate works of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Students from all over the nation have the option to submit their prose and hope to have it selected for publication.

The Kirk and Caroselli Support Fund

This fund offers English majors support for academic conference attendance, professional presentations, summer writing workshops, senior project research, and materials.

Student-Faculty Collaboration

Many English majors carry out independent humanities research or collaborative research with faculty in addition to the Senior Project.

Learning Outcomes for Creative Writing

In creative writing courses, students examine and describe choices writers make to construct meaning and express human experience. These classes introduce the traditions, controversies, vocabulary, and conventions pertinent to the craft of poetry, fiction, professional communication, or literary nonfiction. Creative writing classes require:

Original writing that demonstrates an awareness of the relationship between form and subject

Revision of original writing based on feedback

Development of the ability to offer constructive and informed feedback on peer writing

Xóchitl Manuel Márquez, Alumnus

Mathematics and English—Creative Writing Double Major, Class of 2016

“ I love how small and intimate the English Department at Allegheny feels. I’ve really connected with many of the professors and have received some great life advice. Their passion for their subject is palpable. ”

Next Steps

Early Decision App Deadline

November 15, 2022

Regular Decision App Deadline

February 15, 2023

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