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

Elon students selected for 2015 Scripps Howard internship program

Danielle Deavens '16 and Connor DelPrete '16 will earn summer grants and scholarships.

Kevin Boyle publishes poems

The professor of English published six new poems this spring.

Elon graduate to publish novel

Sam Slaughter, a 2009 graduate and former English major, is publishing two works.

Three College of Arts & Sciences distinguished alumni recognized

Peter Lindstrom ’94, Julie Dyke Ford ’95 and Christopher Nave ’04 received the 2015 Elon College Distinguished Alumni Awards during a special April 30 ceremony.

Ashley Hairston Gives Humanities Presentation and Has Book Named Outstanding Academic Title

Eric Ashley Hairston, associate professor of English and director of the Center for Law and Humanities, recently lectured at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities on his continuing research into the interdisciplinary connection between classical studies and African American literature.  His first book on the subject was recently named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title.

From the CUPID Blog