Department News

Students Create Original Genre Films for Core Class on Gender in American Genre Film

By Dr. Maura Grady, Assistant Professor of English In Fall 2013, the theme for the Core Humanities course English 338: Special Topics was Gender in... Read more

Students and Faculty Enjoy the Humanities Hobnob

By Dr. Linda Joyce Brown, Associate Professor of English Senior Meg Collier Presents a Birthday Cupcake to Dr. Hilary Donatini, the Chair of the Department... Read more

The Association of American Colleges & Universities Report

By Dr. Deborah Fleming, Professor of English The Association of American Colleges & Universities includes a report on long -term salaries for liberal arts graduates... Read more

Faculty Spotlight

Jayne E. Waterman specializes in nineteenth-century, twentieth-century and contemporary American literature and culture with an emphasis on modernism. She has taught American Literature III: Realism... Read more

Student Spotlight

Creative Writing, English
Kelsey Myers comes from Youngstown, OH and is a double major in English and Creative Writing with a minor in Religion... Read more

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Department Info

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105 Center for Humanities
Bixler Hall

Ashland University’s English department teaches students to read well, think carefully and write clearly, logically and creatively with the goal of achieving intellectual rigor and contextual understanding.

Professors in the English department work closely with students in classes that never exceed 21 in literature classes, 18 in composition or 15 in creative writing. Students have opportunities to study abroad for periods ranging from two weeks to an entire semester.

What you will enjoy about our program:

  • Individual attention from professors who are published authors and scholars
  • Study in a range of authors and texts from early England to contemporary America
  • Opportunities to publish your own work in Passages, a journal of student writing edited by student
  • Social and academic events sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta, the English honorary society           
  • Readings with well-known authors who are part of our Reading Series


According to the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, English majors with no graduate degree earn on average $48,000 annually and have a 91 percent employment rate. The United States Department of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov) expects teaching jobs to increase by about seven percent over the next 10 years.  

Some Careers You May Choose: 

Arts Administrator, Attorney, Editor, Journalist, Librarian, Professor, Script Writer

An English major prepares students well for the study and practice of law. Attorneys typically spend 50 percent of their professional lives writing. Appellate attorneys spend approximately 99 percent of their professional lives writing and conducting research. 

In Their Own Words

See what people are saying about our programs.
  • Lindsay Arron (English)
    “The English Department is basically a second home for me. Social events with professors are my favorite.”
  • Kyle Buxton (Integrated Language Arts)
    Time spent in the classroom is fun and beneficial. Being in front of an actual class gives some real, valuable experience. Also, I get college credit for reading poetry and classics—how can I complain?
  • Lindsay Cameron (Creative Writing, English, Integrated Language Arts, Journalism)
    My professors genuinely want to see me succeed, and I cherish the relationships I have built with them. I am a better thinker, writer and reader because they have pushed me. The students are a close-knit group. The field trips, game nights, excellent class discussions, friendships—so many of my... more
  • Chris Kick (Creative Writing, class of 2006, reporter for Farm and Dairy)
    My Creative Writing major has helped me approach news events with a greater sense of story and style. The news business is centered on facts, but how we handle and deliver those facts is almost as important.
  • Emily Hoernschmeyer Durbin (Creative Writing, class of 2012)
    I love that I get to pursue the things that mean so much to me: writing and music. I also love being challenged to be the best that I can be, always seeking to improve and transform skills and talents already within me.
  • Erika Gallion (Creative Writing)
    The Creative Writing major here at Ashland University provides undergraduates with opportunities to meet well-known and successful writers. Our professors genuinely care to make students better writers, and I thoroughly enjoy every class I have taken to ready me for my career.
  • Christa Kettlewell (Creative Writing)
    The professors are always willing to take time out of their schedules to help with whatever students need. They are always understanding, and they make a connection with their students.