Studies in English include literature, language and writing, as well as the practice of literary criticism and analysis, creative writing, rhetoric and the teaching of English in secondary schools. The English curriculum encourages majors to follow their talents and interests by focusing their studies in one of four distinct concentrations: literature, professional writing and rhetoric, creative writing or English teacher licensure. Additional options include double concentrations in the major and minors in literature and creative writing, along with interdisciplinary minors in professional writing and multimedia authoring. Students interested in the major have many opportunities to enrich their studies through internships, undergraduate research, study abroad, residential-learning, student-run publications and organizations.

English Degree Requirements & Courses

Degree Concentrations


A Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English, Literature concentration requires 44 semester hours.

Literature concentration checklist

Creative Writing

A Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English, Creative Writing concentration requires 44 semester hours.

Creative Writing concentration checklist

Professional Writing and Rhetoric

A Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English, Professional Writing and Rhetoric concentration requires 48 semester hours.

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Teacher Licensure

A Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English, Teaching Licensure concentration requires 84 semester hours.

Teacher Licensure concentration checklist


Students are encouraged to pursue a double concentration, either to combine liberal arts and pre-professional training (creative writing/professional writing or literature/professional writing) or to study the interconnectedness of writing and reading (literature/creative writing). Completing a dual concentration in English requires a capstone experience in each concentration. For more information, see your English major advisor or the English department chair.


Elon’s English department offers two minors in literature and creative writing.

The department also contributes courses to interdisciplinary minors, including Professional Writing Studies, Multimedia Authoring, African/African-American Studies, American Studies, Jewish Studies, Classical Studies, Asian Studies, Middle East Studies, Latin American Studies, Leadership Studies, and Non-Violence Studies.

Literature Minor

Literature Minor Requirements & Courses

Creative Writing Minor

Creative Writing Requirements & Courses