A Classical Liberal Arts Education for the 21st Century

PoWeR: Create, Collaborate, and Communicate

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The BA major 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. 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.”

Though distinctly not a pre-professional program, PWR prepares students to be successful communicators in their daily lives and, primarily, workplace and or civic contexts. Majors connect course content to hands-on practice in internships, undergraduate research, and a capstone project, and they showcase their developing professional identity in an ePortfolio.

Alumni pursue careers as writers, editors, and information designers in the non-profit and government sectors, publishing, science writing, law, marketing, and many other industries.


PWR graduates are liberally educated, critically reflective about the roles writing and writers play in our world, civically minded, and well prepared to assume active roles within the workplace.





Elon also offers an interdisciplinary Professional Writing Studies minor.