A Classical Liberal Arts Education ... for the 21st Century

Rhetoric, one of the oldest liberal arts and developed in ancient Greece to prepare citizens for active participation in democratic society, has long been focused on connecting itself to "the life of the polis." The English major concentration in Professional Writing and Rhetoric (PWR) reflects a national trend in higher education, as well as a long tradition within the discipline of rhetoric, to more clearly connect the liberal arts to worlds beyond the walls of academia.

Though distinctly not a pre-professional program, PWR prepares students to be more critically reflective, civically responsible communicators in their daily lives and, primarily, workplace contexts.

Curious about the PWR program? Look at this fact sheet created by PWR students!

Elon also offers an interdisciplinary Professional Writing Studies minor.

English News

Elon seniors, alumna receive Fulbright awards to teach English abroad

Elon continues to build upon its reputation as a top producer of Fulbright award winners with members of the Class of 2019 who will be teaching in Mexico, the Czech Republic, South Korea and Malaysia through the prestigious program. 

Deandra Little and Amy Overman publish book chapter on transparent design in higher education

Elon faculty are at the forefront of a national effort to improve student outcomes through Transparency in Learning and Teaching (TILT). 

CELEBRATE! Profile: Nicole Galante

An English major studies representations of adolescent power in young adult literature, a genre for and about adolescents but written almost exclusively by adults.

Colonnades releases its 70th edition, which touches on themes of grief

Much of the work in Elon's literary and art journal suitably reflects a point in college students' lives when they learn how to deal with trying circumstances.

Elon names 2019 Lumen Scholars

The university's top undergraduate research award comes with $20,000 to support and celebrate academic and creative achivements. 

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