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.
In this column distributed by the Elon University Writers Syndicate, Professor of English Rosemary Haskell recounts her own immigration story and how her thoughts returned to that experience after recently meeting someone on a similar journey.
Margaret Chapman and Paula Patch gave multiple presentations at the annual conference of the Council of Writing Program Administrators.
Jeffrey Saver and Kay Young's current research carves out groundbreaking interdisciplinary terrain between the sciences and the humanities.