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

Janet Warman publishes poem

The Elon University professor of English and education has a poem, "In the Silence," featured in the latest issue of Spillway.

Elon names inaugural Leadership Prize recipients

A new award provides students with $10,000 to research and understand problems of interest to them and then use their leadership abilities to test potential solutions.

In My Words: Lord Mansfield shows why Jane Austen still matters

Professor Rosemary Haskell reflects in a newspaper column on the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's "Mansfield Park" and points to issues of poverty, class and gender that remain relevant today.

Haskell presents paper on poetic commemorations of World War I

Rosemary Haskell, professor of English,  presented on Nov. 8 her paper at the Annual Meeting of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association in Atlanta.

Three faculty members named CATL Scholars

Brandon Essary, Jennifer Uno and Barbara Gordon will work on projects that explore the way students learn in Italian, in biology service-learning courses, and through writing and multimodal assignments, respectively.

From the CUPID Blog