English and Creative Writing

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Emily Rodgers Gurganus


English, Anthropology & Sociology


Tau Sigma Gamma
Ursinus Theater Department
WVOU Radio Station
Art Club


I am an English major because I have always loved reading and literature as a whole. English was the first major I declared because looking deeper into texts and understanding how writers use form, theory, and other tools to express their emotions, understand their world better, or mark down culture in a moment in history fascinates me, and I was hooked from the moment I took CIE with Dr. Jaroff from the department (now retired).

Most Memorable Moment in Class

I took “Gods, Rebels, and Frauds” with Dr. Kozusko, and there was a moment in class where we learned about the historical significance and background of the text we were reading and I had a lightbulb moment about how much writing is impacted and impacts the world around it. (In a different class we ranked Austen love interests by how much we would marry them if we were the heroine and that was fun too).

Life After Ursinus

While career wise I would like to pursue research in anthropology, I’ll be using the critical thinking and close reading skills I learned as an English major for life. Even my anthropological research often ties in how much storytelling is tied to culture as a whole.