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

Stephanie Elizondo Griest, nonfiction reading 

The English Department hosts the assistant professor of Creative Nonfiction at UNC-Chapel Hill for a reading of her recent work. Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. in Johnston Hall.

The Vagina Monologues - Feb. 14

Elon Feminists For Equality, Change and Transformation (EFFECT) present Eve Ensler's play on Valentine's Day. Two performances in Whitley Auditorium at 6:30 and 9 p.m.

Haskell publishes article on  transnationalism in the novels of Fatou Diome

The article by Rosemary Haskell, professor of English, appeared in a special issue of the journal South Atlantic Review.

Techniques from the tech world: Pope-Ruark’s new book shows how to put Agile strategies to work in academia

A first book by Rebecca Pope-Ruark, associate professor of English, published by the University of Chicago Press looks at how the popular Agile project management techniques can be applied in the classroom and in research work. 

Zinchuk publishes article on metacognition and writing in the journal Composition Forum

Assistant professor of English Jennifer Eidum Zinchuk chronicles and assesses a pre-college transitional writing course that focuses on building students’ metacognition, confidence, and fluency in writing.

Literature News