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

English faculty and librarians present at international writing conference

The group described the procedure and results for a collaborative assessment of first-year writing students' source use during a panel at the International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference at Auburn University in June.

In My Words: â€‹Taxes pay for education and public safety. Why not for universal health care?

In this column distributed by the Elon University Writers Syndicate, Rosemary Haskell, professor of English, writes about her experiences growing up in Britain with the National Health Service, and whether the United States should move to universal health care. 

Kircher publishes essay in literary magazine

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."

Literature News