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.

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Perry writes in Our State magazine about the 'Heirloom Earth'

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