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

Literature Concentration hosts double screening and coffee klatch for Jordan Peele’s 'Us'

The English Department’s Literature Concentration recently hosted two screenings of the Academy Award-winning writer-director’s eagerly anticipated follow-up to "Get Out" on Tuesday, April 2 and Friday, April 5 at Southeast Cinema’s Alamance Crossing Stadium 16 theater.

Behind the pages of the Colonnades

Readers play a central role in the production of Elon's literary and art journal, which will publish its 70th edition this spring

Greg Hlavaty and Paula Patch publish post about teaching writing to high school students

The lecturers in English write about what they've learned from seven years of teaching the College Writing for High School Juniors course they created.

Burns co-chairs panel, presents paper at 33rd annual MELUS conference

Dan Burns, assistant professor of English, co-chaired a panel examining the belated legacy of Zora Neale Hurston’s "Barracoon: The Story of the Last 'Black Cargo'" at this year’s MELUS conference held March 21-24 in Cincinnati. Published to wide acclaim in 2018, Hurston’s long-awaited collection of interviews recounts the story of the final apparent survivor of the Clotilda (1860)—the last known U.S. ship to participate in the transatlantic slave trade.

Paula Patch elected to top position in national organization for writing programs

Patch, senior lecturer in English and College Writing (ENG 110) Coordinator, has been elected vice president of the Council of Writing Program Administrators. She will become president of the organization in 2021.

Literature News