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

Kevin Boyle's book wins honorable mention in N.C. Poetry Society Competition

Boyle will read with the three other winners of the contest in Southern Pines on Sept. 17.

Elon professor publishes new chapbook of poetry

Elon's Janet Lee Warman, professor of English and education, has published a chapbook.

From novels to neuroscience, SURE scholars dive deep into research

This year's 53 students participating in the Summer Undergraduate Research Experiences program presented mid-summer progress in their work on July 22.

Two British Fulbright Scholars to teach at Elon in 2016-17

The faculty members from universities in the United Kingdom will teach courses in criminology and literature.

Paul Crenshaw wins Pushcart literary award

An essay by the English faculty member was selected for a 2017 Pushcart Prize, which honors the best literature published in small presses.

Literature News