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Faculty Spotlight

Richard Gray
Richard J. Gray II, assistant professor of French, joined Ashland University in 2013. His fields of study include interdisciplinary approaches to French literary studies, post-colonial...Read more

Student Spotlight

Josie Schave
I studied abroad in Costa Rica for one month last summer, and it was one of the most rewarding and fun experiences I have ever had. During the week I attended...Read more

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What can I do with a foreign language besides teach languages or become a translator?

Ashland University graduates with majors and minors in Spanish or French are currently pursuing careers in business, computer science, health services, law, public relations, publishing...More

Welcome to the Department of Foreign Languages

We encourage you to navigate our site to discover more about our vibrant programs. Explore your possibilities and take advantage of the rich resources of language study at your disposal.

The department of foreign languages at Ashland University is fully dedicated to the study of French and Spanish languages, literatures and cultures, from basic introductory language skills classes to specialized courses for our majors. We also offer basic Portuguese and Latin language courses.

Our distinguished faculty guide students who have chosen to study the languages we offer, at any level, in understanding the experience of learning about other cultures through languages. When you step into our classrooms, you explore the world. Outside of the classroom, we help you continue your exploration through global education and student activities for language students right here on campus.

No matter what career you choose, if you learn a second language and culture, you'll have a real advantage in the global job market. You are not as competitive in English only – enroll in a language class today!  


Here’s the proof you’ll give yourself a competitive edge… 

  • If you speak French, you can communicate with people in 56 countries where French is the language of business, government and daily life.
  • Spanish opens the door to direct communication with institutions and individuals in 40 countries.
  • Spanish is spoken by 10 percent of the population in the U.S., second only to English.
  • Competency in a modern foreign language can let you roam far from Ohio, or help you build a strong career here at home.
  • You might be surprised how many Ohio businesses and institutions need people who are able to communicate across linguistic and cultural divides. Many offer signing bonuses to job candidates with foreign language skills.
  • French-speaking Canada is Ohio’s largest exterior trading partner, followed by Mexico.
  • The study of a foreign language strengthens analytical skills and can improve standardized tests results like the GRE and LSAT. 

In Their Own Words

See what people are saying about our programs.
Rosa Powers
Even though my I come from a Spanish-speaking country, studying language and culture has been an eye-opener. Now, I have a greater understanding of the way of life of people from my own and other countries. I have developed new perspectives that have awakened a desire in me to establish... more
Rosa Powers
Josie Schave
There were a lot of tears on my last day in Costa Rica. Many of the AU group had become so close to their host families that it hurt to see them go. As I hugged my host mom and said goodbye, she said to me, “If you ever come back to Costa Rica, you are always welcome here.” Here’s hoping... more
Josie Schave
Katelyn Lawhun
Studying Spanish has brought so much meaning to my life. As a result, I have gained so much confidence in myself and my ability to communicate with members of other cultures. I look forward to being able to give my students this extraordinary gift once I begin teaching.
Katelyn Lawhun
Alaina Berry
“A second language is not just something you acquire; it is a continual process, an exciting journey. It changes and improves your understanding of the world and everyone in it.”
Alaina Berry
Allison Combs
I heard myself being called to serve at this particular orphanage and have ever since been trying to get back as soon as possible and a Spanish Education major is the most suitable path for me.
Allison Combs
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.
Miriah Keller
Brandon Mesnard
I study languages to get a better understanding of cultures, while giving myself an advantage compared to other people.
Brandon Mesnard
Lindsay Aaron
Dr. Schmidt-Rinehart is always incredibly enthusiastic about the language and all that it entails, I can’t help but feel the same.
Lindsay Aaron
Tina Erikson
However, the significance of this education is not that I chose Spanish, but rather that I chose to study language at all. It is so vital to be able to understand and communicate with other cultures to create great change that we need in the world.
Tina Erikson
Cailtin Dalton
I find great satisfaction in volunteering with a group that helps Spanish-speakers complete their tax forms. It is rewarding use my language skills to aid those in need.
Caitlin Dalton
Hali Brook
I want to work and live abroad so having a foundation of Spanish before I do so will make the transition easier and faster.
Hali Brook