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.

Elon also offers an interdisciplinary Professional Writing Studies minor.

English News

Janet Lee Warman publishes two poems

The professor of English and education has two poems in the Main Street Rag anthology Crossing Lines.

Two students honored in North Carolina poetry contest

Emily Cinquemani and Allison Ginsburg were finalists in NC State's Poetry Contest 


Cassandra Kircher publishes essay

Cassandra Kircher's essay, "No More to the Lake," was published in the most recent issue (Volume 80.2) of North Dakota Quarterly. 

Prudence Layne delivers invited lecture at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa

Professor co-edits book for educating 21st century college students

Associate Professor Prudence Layne worked with Peter F. Lake of Sheffield Hallam University on "Global Innovation of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Transgressing Boundaries."

From the CUPID Blog