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English - Area of Concentration (AOC)

Are you fascinated by words? Do you find beauty in well-written stories or speeches? Are you interested in a career in communications? Let Allegany College of Maryland's English program encourage your interests and prepare you for transfer to a four-year institution.


Stack of BooksIt's no secret that today's employers rank communication skills as their number one desired employee job quality. Our English program helps you meet this demand by improving your written and oral communication skills while at the same time preparing you for transfer.

As you work towards earning your Associate of Arts degree in Arts and Sciences, you'll expand your knowledge by taking a variety of literature, writing, and foreign language classes. With small class sizes (an average of 25 students per class), you will receive personal attention and advisement - whether you're beginning Freshman Composition or exploring Creative Writing. You'll also have the opportunity to take courses at any of our three campuses and online. (We currently offer Freshman Composition and Advanced Composition as online classes, with additional courses in development.)

Whether you choose to submit your original works to Expressions, our annual literary magazine, or participate in our creative writing group, the Neo-beats, you will have the chance to share your creative side with our college community.

Course Info

As an English program student, you'll expand your knowledge through a variety of challenging courses, including:

  • Freshman Composition
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Business and Technical Communications
  • College Vocabulary Development
  • Literature Survey Courses
  • Creative Writing
  • English Reading Projects

A full listing of program courses and their descriptions can be found in the credit catalog.

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Career Info

English program graduates enjoy enriching and rewarding careers in:

  • The Arts
  • Business
  • Education administration
  • Journalism and media
  • Law
  • Publications
  • Teaching

 *Some English careers may require a bachelor's degree. 

View Salary Information from the U.S. Dept. of Labor

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Faculty/Staff Info

Jenna Gallion, Associate Professor and Division Chair

Humanities 39

B.S., Frostburg State University

M.A., Oklahoma State University


Sharon Yoder, Associate Professor and Assistant Chair

Humanities 38

B.A., Eastern Mennonite College

M.S., Shenandoah University

Additional doctoral study at Indiana University of Pennsylvania


Laura Fiscus, Assistant Professor and Program Director

Humanities 52

B.A., University of Pittsburgh

M.Ed., Frostburg State University


Brenda Mathews, Faculty/Administrative Assistant

Humanities 67

A.A., Allegany College of Maryland


Lynn Bowman, Associate Professor

Humanities 56

B.A., St. Mary's College of Maryland

M.A., University of Maryland, College Park

Additional graduate study at University of Maryland, College Park


Ashley Dively, Instructor and Program Coordinator

Humanities 51

B.S., Frostburg State University

M.A., Millersville University


Melody Gaschler, Assistant Professor

College Center 186

B.S., Indiana University of Pennsylvania

M.Ed., Frostburg State University


Heather Greise, Assistant Professor

Humanities 54

B.S., Westminster College

M.A., West Virginia University


Ronald Jenkins, Associate Professor and Editor, Expressions

Humanities 25

B.A., University of Tennessee

M.A., M.F.A., University of Memphis

Ph.D., Florida State University


Matthew Marafino, Professor

Bedford Campus, Room 4

B.A., M.A., Georgetown University


Tonya A. Shepherd, Associate Professor

Humanities 28

B.A., Slippery Rock University

M.A., Carnegie Mellon

Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania


Kenton Stone, Associate Professor

Humanities 36

B.S., Evangel College

M. Divinity, Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary

M.A., Ph.D., University of Kansas


Tino Wilfong, Assistant Professor

Humanities 62

B.A., University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown

M.A., Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania