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

Kevin Boyle's book wins honorable mention in N.C. Poetry Society Competition

Boyle will read with the three other winners of the contest in Southern Pines on Sept. 17.

Elon professor publishes new chapbook of poetry

Elon's Janet Lee Warman, professor of English and education, has published a chapbook.

From novels to neuroscience, SURE scholars dive deep into research

This year's 53 students participating in the Summer Undergraduate Research Experiences program presented mid-summer progress in their work on July 22.

Two British Fulbright Scholars to teach at Elon in 2016-17

The faculty members from universities in the United Kingdom will teach courses in criminology and literature.

Paul Crenshaw wins Pushcart literary award

An essay by the English faculty member was selected for a 2017 Pushcart Prize, which honors the best literature published in small presses.

Literature News