Ashland University students learning English
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Department News

Donatini Wins the Outstanding Female Faculty Member of the Year Award

On Sunday, April 24, Dr. Hilary Donatini, Associate Professor and Chair of the English Department, won the award for Outstanding Female Faculty Member of the… Read more

2016 Recipients of English Department Honors

On Sunday, April 24, AU held its annual honors convocation in the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel. Three majors from the English department won awards… Read more

Dr. Stephen Haven Wins 5th Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award

Dr. Stephen Haven, Professor of English and MFA Program Director, won a 2016 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award in Poetry. The award is for… Read more

Faculty Spotlight

After completing her B.A. at University of Michigan and M.A. and Ph.D. at Case Western Reserve University, Dr. Naomi Saslaw studied at Harvard as a...Read more

Student Spotlight

Kristen Herrick
Kristen Herrick
As an English major with a minor in Business Administration, I have been blessed with many opportunities and experiences including participating in...Read more

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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.

Majors Offered: English, Creative Writing, and Integrated Language Arts Education (grades 7-12)

Minors Offered: English and Creative Writing

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Why choose a major in the English department?

Personal Attention: Courses are capped at 18 in composition, 21 in literature, and 15 in upper-division writing classes.

Double Major: Students can easily double major in Creative Writing and English. Or pair up English or Creative Writing with a major in Communication Studies, Foreign Languages, History, Journalism and Digital Media, Marketing, Philosophy, Religion, or Theatre.

 Great Books and Ideas: Students study American, British, and world literature, as well as gender studies and film studies. 

Expert Faculty, Committed Mentors: Professors are published authors and working editors who bring their expertise to the classroom. Students receive extensive mentoring and one-on-one attention as they develop as writers and scholars.

Research and Publishing Opportunities: Students participate with faculty on research projects at the undergraduate level. Several students have recently co-authored publications with Ashland faculty and presented their research at professional conferences.

Renowned Visiting Writers: Our Reading Series brings in nationally and internationally known writers who meet directly with students in class, as well as at public readings on campus.

Paid Tutoring Experience and Internships: Students can work as writing tutors in the University Writing Studio, as well as interns for River Teeth, The Ashland Poetry Press, and the AU Master of Fine Arts program.

Student Community: Students and faculty attend plays together, hold game nights, and participate in local arts events. Students work together in workshops and outside of class on writing projects.

Graduate School: Our majors excel in top graduate programs in English Language and Literature; Creative Writing; Rhetoric and Composition; Art Business; Philosophy; Higher Education; Library Science; College Student Personnel; Higher Education Administration; Health and Rehabilitation Sciences; Professional Communication; and more.

Job Placement: Our graduates work as arts administrators, attorneys, digital marketing strategists, editors, higher-education administrators, journalists, librarians, managers, professors, public relations representatives, technical writers, and in many other careers. Integrated Language Arts education graduates hold teaching positions throughout Ohio, across the United States, and in other countries.

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