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

Senior Natalia Conte turns passion for poetry into top job at Colonnades

With a staff in place, Conte is ready to get down to the business of producing the 70th volume of the journal. 

 
Megan Isaac publishes journal article on responses to surveillance in young adult literature

An article by Isaac, associate professor of English, was published in Children's Literature in Education.

Lindenman publishes article about community listening  

"Challenging Audiences to Listen: The Performance of Self-Disclosure in Community Writing Projects” by Assistant Professor of English Heather Lindenman and Justin Lohr of the University of Maryland was published in the Fall 2018 issue of the Community Literacy Journal.

Jennifer Eidum and Student Present at National Convention

English with teacher licensure major Courtney Kobos presented her Leadership Prize research alongside her mentor, Assistant Professor of English Jennifer Eidum, at the National Council of Teachers of English Convention in Houston, Texas. 

Jennifer Eidum awarded Council of Writing Program Administrators grant

The assistant professor of English received a $1,000 grant from the national association

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