English at Elon

An English major at Elon offers students an array of opportunities. Students specialize in one of four concentrations (Creative Writing, Literature, English Teacher Licensure or Professional Writing and Rhetoric) or pursue a double concentration. Outside the classroom, our students complete internships in a variety of fields or participate in on-campus activites, such as

  • writing for our award-winning literary magazine Colonnades
  • tutoring in the Writing Center
  • chatting with visiting writers and scholars
  • joining our chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society
  • and more.

Writers and researchers, our faculty members remain active professionally, serve as mentors for our students and routinely lead study abroad courses in places such as Ireland, Ghana, Western and Eastern Europe, London, Australia and Mexico. 

After graduation, our alumni embark on careers in a variety of fields, taking positions ranging from credit analysts and marketing associates to librarians, lawyers, technical writers, journalists, teachers, Peace Corps volunteers and much more. Still more pursue graduate study in literature, creative writing, rhetoric, teaching and the study of law.

We invite you to browse this site for more information about our program.

English News

Dan Burns presents paper on transnational detective fiction and postcolonial literary theory at annual MELUS conference

Burns, assistant professor of English, presented the paper at the May 3-6 meeting of the Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, sponsored by the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

Outdoor essay collection edited by Greg Hlavaty published in May

Greg Hlavaty, Lecturer in English, served as Editor of "NOC Stories: Changing Lives at the Nantahala Outdoor Center Since 1972."

Writing class supports Alamance County Stepping Up Initiative

Heather Lindenman’s Writing: Argument and Inquiry class developed reports, infographics, and other written materials to support the Alamance County Stepping Up Initiative.

Elon names 2018 Lumen Scholars

The university's top award comes with $20,000 to support and celebrate academic and creative achievements. 

CATL announces 2018-19 Diversity and Inclusion Grant recipients

The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning is pleased to announce the recipients of the Diversity and Inclusion Grants for the 2018-19 academic year, as well as their projects.


Literature News