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

Moore publishes on undergraduate research on Literacy & NCTE

Jessie L. Moore and Joyce Kinkead write about the transformative power of undergraduate research on the National Council of Teachers of English blog, Literacy & NCTE.

Writing faculty make presentations at national conference

English and Writing Studies faculty Jennifer Zinchuk and Paula Patch presented at the Council of Writing Program Administrators Conference in Knoxville in July.

Cate Marvin - Nov. 7

Guest reading, Johnston Hall, 7 p.m.

Active Citizen Series: Writing for Action - Writing Persuasive Letters to Elected Officials and Newspapers

Join us on Tuesday, Oct. 24 from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m. in Moseley 215.

Elon alumna Wesley Langford Swain '04 appointed high school principal

At a board meeting earlier this month, Wesley Langford Swain '04 was appointed Principal of Park View High School in Mecklenburg County Schools in South Boston, Virginia.

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