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

In My Words: Desert islands are for shipwrecked castaways, not for 21st-century nations

In this column distributed by the Elon University Writers Syndicate, Professor of English Rosemary Haskell marks the 300th anniversary of the novel "Robinson Crusoe" and compares Crusoe's approach to his isolation and Western civilization with U.S. foreign policy decisions today. The column was published in the Greensboro News & Record

A SURE thing: Alumni discuss benefits of undergraduate research

Cecily Basquin '16 and Sabrina Campelo '18 spoke about the importance of their undergraduate research experience at a second luncheon for the Summer Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE) program.

Kircher takes readers to “Far Flung” places with new collection of essays

Professor of English Cassie Kircher has published her first book, “Far Flung,” that offers insight into her travels and life in the wilderness.

In My Words: Housed or unhoused, we all need friendship

In this column distributed by the Elon University Writers Syndicate, Professor of English Rosemary Haskell draws from her own personal experiences in addressing the complexity of friendship with someone who is homeless. The column was published by the Burlington Times-News and the Greenville Daily Reflector

Elon seniors, alumna receive Fulbright awards to teach English abroad

Elon continues to build upon its reputation as a top producer of Fulbright award winners with members of the Class of 2019 who will be teaching in Mexico, the Czech Republic, South Korea and Malaysia through the prestigious program. 

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