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

Paul Crenshaw wins Pushcart literary award

An essay by the English faculty member was selected for a 2017 Pushcart Prize, which honors the best literature published in small presses.

Lauren Phillips ’16 receives post-grad fellowship with Time Inc.

The English major was selected for the media organization’s Lifestyle Group Fellowship Program and will assist the editorial staff of Coastal Living, a print and online magazine based in Birmingham, Alabama.

Paul Crenshaw’s essay to appear in ‘Best American Essays 2016’

An essay by Paul Crenshaw, assistant professor of English, was picked as one of the top essays featured in magazines, journals and websites this year.

Jennifer Eidum Zinchuk presents at conference

Jennifer Eidum Zinchuk, assistant professor of English, gave a presentation on facilitating students' metacognitive practices in the college writing classroom and led a workshop on teaching multilingual students at the Conference on College Composition and Communication's annual convention, held April 6-9 in Houston, Texas.

Winners announced for Thomas Jefferson essay contest

Three students won top honors in the annual essay competition endowed by the late Philip L. Carret.

From the CUPID Blog