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

Kathy Lyday Presents at Melungeon Gathering

The professor of English discussed the 21st century stereotyping of Melungeons in Alex Bledsoe's Tufa series of urban fantasy novels

Janet Myers: Dedicated, inspiring and supportive mentor

The professor of English received the 2015 Ward Family Excellence in Mentoring Award for her role as director of National and International Fellowships.

Rosemary Haskell writes column on homelessness

The professor of English had her column about homelessness in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, North Carolina, appeared June 13, 2015, in the (Raleigh, N.C.) News & Observer.

Maria Temming ’16 awarded fellowship by the American Association for the Advancement of Science

The double-major in physics and English will be a writer for Scientific American magazine after successfully competing in the AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program.

Cassie Kircher: inspiring, dedicated and gifted teacher

The winner of this year’s Daniels-Danieley Award for Excellence in Teaching, Cassie Kircher, professor of English, is hailed for her insightful classroom discussions and commitment to student development.

From the CUPID Blog