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

Three faculty members named CATL Scholars

Brandon Essary, Jennifer Uno and Barbara Gordon will work on projects that explore the way students learn in Italian, in biology service-learning courses, and through writing and multimodal assignments, respectively.

Paula Patch and Greg Hlavaty present on Elon's 'College Writing for High School Juniors' course
 

 

Steven Lessner interviewed on 89.3 FM WSOE about teaching and scholarship

Professor Steven Lessner in the Department of English was interviewed about his research in hip hop and his creation and development of a first-year writing pedagogy using this musical genre on 89.3 FM WSOE, broadcast live on Oct. 16, 2014.

Kevin Boyle publishes seven poems

Common Reading author energizes Elon with stories of windmills & hope

William Kamkwamba, the builder of a Malawi village windmill whose efforts are recounted in Elon University’s 2014-15 Common Reading selection "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind," is spending two days on campus this week to share stories about the power of persistence.

From the CUPID Blog