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.
Rebecca Pope-Ruark, associate professor of English, penned the article for the Chronicle's Oct. 28 issue focusing on innovation in higher education.
"Women, Collective Creation, and Devised Performance" is the third book Scott Proudfit, assistant professor of English, has edited for Palgrave Macmillan since coming to Elon University in 2010, having previously served as associate editor on "A History of Collective Creation" (2013) and "Collective Creation in Contemporary Performance" (2013).
Kevin Boyle, professor of English, has been invited to read poetry at a local poetry festival.
Cassandra Kircher presented "What's Form Got to Do With It? Focusing on Form in the Creative Nonfiction Classroom" at the 2016 Associated Writers and Writing Programs Conference in Los Angeles, California.
Associate Professors Anthony Hatcher and Rich Landesberg accompanied four student journalists to Louisiana to attend workshops highlighting journalism, technology and social media.