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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

Paisley Rekdal, poetry and nonfiction reading - Oct. 16

The Poetry Café hosted by Josephus III - Oct. 6

Elon seminar focuses on undergraduate research mentoring

Professors from 26 colleges and universities were on campus July 13-18, 2014, for a research program hosted by the Center for Engaged Learning.

Incoming students participate in creative writing workshop

From July 6-11, six students participating in the university's "Chapter One" program traveled the region and explored Elon's campus in search of inspiration and creativity.

In My Words: 'Slow violence' against N.C. schools harms us all

Professor Steve Braye laments lawmakers' treatment of North Carolina public school teachers and students in a guest column published by regional newspapers.

From the CUPID Blog