Are you at risk of becoming an English major?

Students and Trees in Olin Plaza

Potential English majors are curious, innovative, and thoughtful readers, writers, and thinkers.  They are creative (and often funny), and they care about people, ideas, and books.  They are interested in the question of how we should live together, and they’re engaged with the world around them. 

Welcome to the English major for the twenty-first century.

You will hone the skills you need to navigate – and shape – a complex and rapidly changing world.  Our students engage a variety of literary, cultural, visual, and historical texts that inform who, what, and where we are today.  You will work with traditional literary texts alongside new and emerging media to develop your writing, speaking, interpersonal, and research skills, in order to thrive in dynamic environments at Ursinus and after graduation. 

English majors get jobs.

Studies show that critical thinking, writing, and effective communication are the skills most highly sought by employers.  But the rewards of majoring in English start well before you graduate. 

  • You will dare to think creatively, both independently and collaboratively, in order to broaden your understanding of how the world works.  

  •  You will challenge yourself and others to explore new ideas, defy past assumptions, and break with traditional ways of thinking.  

  • You will join a community of students and faculty who genuinely like working – and playing – together, inside and outside of the classroom. 

  •  You will test out new ways of writing and speaking, developing your own voice across written, oral, and digital platforms. 

  • You will open up many postgraduate opportunities, including medical school, law school, graduate school, and more.  

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Meet Our Students


Emily Benning

Class of 2024 | Pennsburg, PA

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Zachary Devita-Paulson

Class of 2024 | West Orange, NJ

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Vaughn DiBattista

Class of 2024 | Tinicum Township, PA

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Emily Gurganus

Class of 2024 | Parrish, AL

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Gianna McCarthy

Class of 2025 | Long Valley, NJ

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Michael Nikolaou

Class of 2024 | King of Prussia, PA

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Victoria Ouk

Class of 2024 | Philadelphia, PA

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Olivia Stefano

Class of 2025 | Sewell, NJ

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Marie Sykes

Class of 2024 | Oxnard, CA

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Away With Words: Meet Emily Duffy

Recent alumnus, Emily shares her Ursinus experience, including a unique opportunity to travel for a digital humanities project.

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Department of English

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