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.
An essay by the English faculty member was selected for a 2017 Pushcart Prize, which honors the best literature published in small presses.
The English major was selected for the media organization’s Lifestyle Group Fellowship Program and will assist the editorial staff of Coastal Living, a print and online magazine based in Birmingham, Alabama.
An essay by Paul Crenshaw, assistant professor of English, was picked as one of the top essays featured in magazines, journals and websites this year.
Jennifer Eidum Zinchuk, assistant professor of English, gave a presentation on facilitating students' metacognitive practices in the college writing classroom and led a workshop on teaching multilingual students at the Conference on College Composition and Communication's annual convention, held April 6-9 in Houston, Texas.
Three students won top honors in the annual essay competition endowed by the late Philip L. Carret.