Languages, Literature, and Culture

Writing Minor

Explore creative writing in the areas of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction--and craft your unique voice to stand out and harness the creative powers of language.


Your Four-Year Journey

Students often combine Writing with a major in Biology, Community and Justice Studies, Environmental Science & Sustainability, History, or Psychology.

Study the craft of writing fiction, poetry or creative nonfiction through critical examination of both professional and student work.

Writing isn’t all about words on the page, but also the words that come out of our mouths. If you choose to take ENGL 208 (Professional Communication) you will study practical communication in professional settings, considering the principles of document design, and reflect upon the ethical implications of a text’s content, design, and mode of delivery.

Typical third and fourth year courses consist of advanced workshops that will engage you as both a writer and critical reader. Hone your focus in fiction, poetry, or nonfiction.

By now, you’ll have learned the skills you need to express your best ideas in a variety of forms. Finish up your last year with any remaining electives.Your focus on creative expression and revision in the Writing minor will undoubtedly be an asset as you write your Senior Comp in any subject!

Career Outcomes


of Allegheny graduates are employed, in grad school, or in full-time service within six months.


Acceptance rate to graduate and professional school for Allegheny students

Nellie Stansbury, Alumna

Class of 2016, English Major, History Minor

“ Allegheny’s English Department, with its small class sizes, allows for more meaningful class discussions. I have found workshops, which emphasize peer review, to be especially enlightening, as they give a writer more perspective and an opportunity to write in a less structured environment. ”