Allegheny English students put theory into practice

We’ll help you recognize the ideas and perspectives that shape your own and earlier times. By cultivating a sensitivity to and healthy skepticism about the subtlety and power of language, you’ll become educated in the fullest sense.

Our English students expand their skills through experiential learning, creative research, internships, study away, and more.

Student talking in class discussion
Experiential Learning

As an English student at Allegheny, your nose won’t be stuck in your books. You’ll have the opportunity to take the skills you learn in the classroom and put them into action.

Our students broaden and refine their abilities through multiple experiential learning opportunities, including:

  • The Campus, Allegheny’s weekly student newspaper
  • Allegheny Review, a nationally-known undergraduate literary magazine
  • Overkill, an Allegheny-specific literary magazine
  • Writing Consultants: trained peer consultants at the Maytum Center for Student Success
  • Student readings and national conference presentations: share your work with our learning community — and beyond

Recent Internships

Crawford County READ Program

Service Learning

Meadville Tribune


Smith Brothers Advertising, Pittsburgh

Modern Language Association

Marketing, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeast Ohio

Single Voice Reading Series

The Single Voice Reading Series provides students with an opportunity to hear and meet nationally known writers. Readers have included John Updike, Carolyn Forché, Tobias Wolff, Jane Hirshfield, W.D. Snodgrass, Richard Blanco, Robert Olen Butler, Henri Cole, Edward Hirsch, Afaa Michael Weaver, Tim O’Brien, and Mark Doty.

A Poster Session that happened as part of the Scholars Symposium
Student-Faculty Collaboration

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

Allegheny’s Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities provides funding for student research during the summer and for travel to regional and national conferences throughout the year. 

Funding for Opportunities

The Dusty Elias Kirk and William Caroselli Fund offers English majors support for academic conference attendance, professional presentations, summer writing workshops, senior project research, and materials.

Recent Senior Comps

The Senior Comp is the culmination of four years of experience, imagination, and study. It is the moment when you demonstrate what you’ve learned by teaching us something new.

This is a Cemetery: Poems

The Faerie Plague: An Environmental Faerie Tale About Chytrid iomycosis

Salome as a Feminist Anti hero in Elizabeth Cary's The Tragedy of Mariam

Bruised Fruit: Poems

Zephyr: Fiction

In Pursuit of Perfection: Essays

The Allegheny Review, which was first published in 1983, was America’s first nationwide literary magazine dedicated exclusively to undergraduate works of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction. Published annually, the periodical showcases some of the best literature the nation’s undergraduates have to offer.