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Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Jayne Waterman
Joined Ashland University faculty in 2006 and specializes in nineteenth-century, twentieth-century and contemporary American literature and culture with an emphasis on modernism Teaches courses such...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  Center, 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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In Their Own Words

See what people are saying about our programs.
Lindsay Arron
“The English Department is basically a second home for me. Social events with professors are my favorite.”
Lindsay Arron (English, class of 2013)
Kyle Buxton
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?
Kyle Buxton (Integrated Language Arts)
Lindsay Cameron
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... more
Lindsay Cameron (Creative Writing, English, Integrated Language Arts, Journalism, class of 2014)
Chris Kick
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.
Chris Kick (Creative Writing, class of 2006, reporter for Farm and Dairy)
Emily Durbin
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.
Emily Hoernschmeyer Durbin (Creative Writing, class of 2012)
Erika Gallion
Upon graduating from Ashland with a degree in English and a degree in Creative Writing, I went straight into a Master's program in a different field: Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs. Graduate level classes require diligent reading skills, the ability to write and speak... more
Erika Gallion (Creative Writing, class of 2014)
Christa Kettlewell
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.
Christa Kettlewell (Creative Writing, class of 2015)
Dane Zunich
"The English Department here at Ashland University has given me the chance to explore classic literature from around the world and has shown me how these works are still relevant today. I could not ask for a better faculty to act as instructors and as mentors."
Dane Zunich