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

Active Citizen Series: Writing for Action - Writing Persuasive Letters to Elected Officials and Newspapers

Join us on Tuesday, Oct. 24 from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m. in Moseley 215.

Elon alumna Wesley Langford Swain '04 appointed high school principal

At a board meeting earlier this month, Wesley Langford Swain '04 was appointed Principal of Park View High School in Mecklenburg County Schools in South Boston, Virginia.

In My Words: New movie about Dunkirk evokes memories of a father rescued

English Professor Rosemary Haskell writes about her fascination with the Dunkirk evacuation during World War II, which saw her father among those who were rescued. 

Emily DeMaioNewton '18 receives top recognition in New York Times essay contest

The Elon English major was named one of five finalists in the newspaper's competition for college student writers.

Women's Forum has successful inaugural year, names new leaders

In keeping with the values of the Women’s Forum, new women are taking leadership after a successful inaugural year.

Literature News