The College of Arts & Sciences is a vibrant academic community at the heart of the university undergraduate experience. Grounded in liberal arts, students prepare for careers in science, business, the arts, education, communication, government and service organizations as well as for professional programs and graduate school. Each department is committed to giving students unlimited opportunities to shine and each is devoted to graduating students who are ready to take on the world as confident, competent leaders.

Ashland University Establishes Online Master’s Program in Health and Risk Communication

Health and risk communication has become one of the fastest growing areas in Communication Studies due to high demand for skilled communication professionals.

The need for competent communication skills by safety, health, and environmental professionals has never been more in demand in light of greater corporate responsibility and the growing focus on public safety and preparedness. Learn More 

Interested in Customizing Your Own Major?


Our new Multidisciplinary Studies programs exist so that you may design a course of study to best prepare you for your academic and professional goals. It is possible to include a relevant internship for credit toward your degree. Read More

Influence Policy & Protect Our Country

ATICThe Intelligence Program at ATIC offers a unique opportunity for college students interested in careers in intelligence.

The program provides the student with a working background in intelligence and the skills needed to become an entry level intelligence analyst in the Intelligence Community.

The combination of a college degree, the Intelligence Program at ATIC and the security clearance available provides unmatched marketability to students upon graduation.

This program provides a valuable tool to the student when looking for employment after graduation and will open up more doors of opportunity for the student to walk through. Read More


Ashland University will host a Fun With Forensic Chemistry Camp, a laboratory experience for middle grade students entering grades 7-9 in the fall, offered in cooperation with the Institute for Chemical Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The camp will be held June 23 to 26 from 9 a.m. to noon each day at Ashland University’s Kettering Science Center. - See More


Christopher SwansonDr. Christopher Swanson, professor of mathematics at Ashland University, has received the 2014 Ohio Section Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics from the Ohio Section of the Mathematical Association of America.

Swanson received the award at the Ohio Section of the Mathematical Association of America spring meeting held April 4-5 at the University of Toledo.

“I am quite honored to have been selected for this award,” Swanson said. “There are certain professional recognitions that mathematics faculty receive that I consider to be truly prestigious in that very few faculty receive them in their entire careers. I feel like I have just received one of these recognitions.”  


Merrill TawseProfessor Merrill Tawse (Biology) is the recipient of the 2013/2014 Edward and Louaine Taylor Excellence in Teaching Award!  Faculty members are nominated for this award by students and peers.  The Taylor Excellence in Teaching Committee, comprised of former award recipients, reviews portfolios and observes the teaching of the final three candidates prior to selecting the award winner.  Professor Tawse will be recognized for his teaching at the Academic Honors Convocation on April 13.  Please congratulate our colleague, Merrill Tawse!

Student Media


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Faculty Spotlight

Originally from Boise, Idaho, Dan McDonald received both his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in sculpture and his Bachelor of Arts in French literature from... Read more


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Program Testimonials

See what people are saying about our programs.
  • Daiva Gerbec
    In May 2013, I graduated from Ashland University with a degree in BioChemistry and a minor in Theology. In the beginning of my junior year in college, I had decided I wanted to attend medical school after graduation. Soon after, I talked with several faculty members in the science department at... more
  • Erica Brindley
    When I went to college at Ashland University, magic happened. I somehow wound up in the English 101 class of Dr. Joe Mackall. His first assignment? A personal narrative about whatever we wanted. So on a hot August night in my dorm room, I sat down and wrote about attending a KISS and Aerosmith... more
  • Lauren Goossens '13
    I just finished my first semester of graduate school at Miami University in the Speech Pathology program. Graduate school is definitely tough and very demanding, but my experience at Ashland has helped to prepare me for the change. Just like at Ashland, the professors in my program at MU are... more
  • Mike Hanck
    “After obtaining my BA in Religion at Ashland University in 2008, I found myself in the midst of great opportunity. Using what I had learned from my undergraduate studies, I applied to Trinity Lutheran Seminary and was accepted. I also found myself involved with and useful to a variety of... more
  • Seth Snow, Integrated Language Arts major
    Seth Snow graduated as an Integrated Language Arts major in 2007. He applied for a job as a seventh-grade teacher and was hired to teach a “great books curriculum.” He proceeded to teach his seventh-graders Ray Bradbury’s story “The Veldt.” Some of the administrators felt this was too difficult for... more
  • Tom Sweo, Integrated Language Arts '12
    Tom Sweo writes, "Since graduating in May of 2012, I've been working two jobs. The first is a full-time job with the 3E Company in Canton, Ohio, doing technical support and quality assurance. Recently I've been doing technical writing as part of a team overhauling the training manuals that we send... more
  • Kate Bartlett
    “I was a student at AU as part of the bachelors plus program (Integrated Sciences grades 7-12). Originally I started at the Columbus branch of AU in 2006 and then transferred to main campus during the 2007-2008 school year. Once at main campus I began taking classes such as Physiology,... more
  • Angelique Cunningham, Class of 2012
    In my time spent at Ashland University, I have come to understand that each of our faculty members brings amazing contributions as educators and more importantly as genuine caring people. They all have an ability to enlighten, inspire, motivate, and challenge their students. Upon entering college,... more
  • Miriah Keller
    Through study abroad and studying here at Ashland, I have not only learned more about their cultures, but I have learned more about myself. Learning a different language will teach you persistence and devotion, while making connections with people who you would never think of connecting with.
  • Michelle Wilson
    Michelle Wilson graduated from Ashland University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Television Broadcast Production and Professional Video. Michelle is currently the Executive Producer of a nationally syndicated health and fitness show entitled, “Peter’s Principles with Peter Nielsen.” She is in... more
  • Nicole Valentine
    My opportunities at Ashland have been more than I could have ever imagined. I switched my major to Psychology my second semester freshman year. It was the best choice I could have made. My freshman year brought a lot of great opportunities for me. I began assisting Dr. Bonfiglio with research,... more