Department of Foreign Language

Contact Us

Department Chair

Dr. Richard Gray
Chair, Department of Foreign Languages, Associate Professor of French
210, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
419.289.5792
rgray6@ashland.edu

Administrative Assistant

Lindsay Brandon-Smith
Administrative Assistant
203, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
574.289.5110
lbrando2@ashland.edu

Department Info

Foreign Languages
Center for the Humanities (Bixler Hall)
Ashland University
401 College Ave.
Ashland, OH 44805
419.289.5353

Programs

Undergraduate

Are you currently enrolled in a program at Ashland University and looking to expand your skill set and marketability? Consider a minor in a foreign language.

Undergraduate
Degree Type: BA

In Ashland’s French program, you’ll gain more than just language skills. You’ll gain a deeper appreciation of the rich beauty of French civilization, culture, and literature.

Undergraduate
Degree Type: B.S.Ed.

Are you interested in French and looking to inspire others? Influence the next generation of students by learning how to teach French in Ashland University’s French Education program.

Undergraduate
Degree Type: BA

Do you want to master the language spoken by 350 million people worldwide? Spanish language skills are in high demand in the U.S., with many organizations turning to employees who know Spanish as a necessity. Ashland University’s Spanish program will give you a global competitive edge to prepare you for...

Undergraduate
Degree Type: BSED

Learn to teach Spanish in Ashland University’s Spanish Education program.

Curriculum

Each department provides information specific to its majors and programs to help ensure you choose exactly which major is right for you. Use the supplemental material below to assist you in finding a major that most interests you.

Current Undergraduate Catalog

Course Rotations

Current Academic Year

Faculty

Dr. Richard Gray, Assistant Professor
Dr. Richard Gray
Chair, Department of Foreign Languages, Associate Professor of French
210, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
419.289.5792 / rgray6@ashland.edu
Department of Foreign Language
Jennifer Rathbun
Dr. Jennifer Rathbun
Professor of Foreign Language
217, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
419.289.5353 / jrathbun@ashland.edu
Department of Foreign Language
Dr. Barbara Schmidt-Rinehart, Professor
Dr. Barbara Schmidt-Rinehart
Professor of Foreign Languages
214 , Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
419.289.5131 / bschmidt@ashland.edu
Department of Foreign Language

Department News

Spanish in Law Practice

by Clarke Owens, Attorney
Recently, the court staff in Holmes County noted on my attorney profile that I speak some Spanish, and they asked me to accept an appointment to represent a Central American client who spoke no English.
At our first hearing, I was introduced to the certified court reporter. The CCR is a person fluent in a foreign language, trained and board-certified to translate in a court of law. Since his skills were greater than mine, he offered to translate for me and my client. I was greatly impressed with the interpreter's ability to put all my questions, instructions, and legal terms into language that the client understood. The CCR seldom interrupted me, and allowed me to express myself at great length, taking down key words as I spoke, which enabled him to remember everything I had said.
Knowledge of Spanish is becoming more and more valuable in the legal profession, even here in Ohio where the Spanish-speaking population is not as visible as in California, Florida, or Texas. Whereas, for many years, immigration attorneys were only available in the big cities, like Cleveland and Akron, today we have an attorney in Wooster who tells me immigration law is 25% of her practice.
Spanish speaking ability is the wave of the future for people whose jobs require them to communicate with a large number of people. It's also gratifying to be able to use this skill to help others, aside from using it in travels, or in reading. My foreign languages are French and Spanish, and I derive great satisfaction from studying them, and from using these skills in my legal practice....Read more

Study Abroad Drop-In Hours


PKNU is one of the most prestigious national universities in South Korea. Students who participate in the PKNU International Summer School Program will have the opportunity to learn more about Korean culture and meet people from all over the world! AU also awards 3 all-inclusive scholarships for this program! We are holding drop in hours in our office, Bixler 211, on Tuesday, November 5th from 3:00pm-5:00pm. Stop by to learn more!...Read more

Study Abroad Drop in Hours

Do you have questions about studying abroad? Stop by our office! We are holding drop in hours on Monday, October 21 from 1:00-5:00 pm in our office in Bixler 211. Read more

The Department of Foreign Languages would like to congratulate 2019 Spanish and Psychology major Emma Eastwood for her acceptance into University of Akron's Masters program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling! Emma is pictured below in Costa Rica during her Summer 2016 study abroad. ¡Felicidades Emma! Congratulations!Read more

Organizations

Foreign Language Co-Curricular Organizations

As a student of French or Spanish, get involved in your department and participate actively in its co-curricular organizations.  In those student groups, you will continue learning outside of the classroom and expand your academic experience while having fun and meeting new people.

Language Clubs

Join the French Club and/or Spanish Club.  The clubs provide fun and educational activities that support the language you are studying: movies, music, games, food, cultural programs, and more!  Meet people who share your interest in the language and culture.  Students at all levels of study are welcome.

Phi Sigma Iota, International Foreign Language Honor Society

Work hard in your studies and you will be rewarded with membership in the prestigious honor society Phi Sigma Iota.  Eligibility requirements include: junior status, a B average in both your foreign language course and general studies, and completion of at least one 300-level course at A.U.  The society sponsors activities designed to promote language learning and greater cultural understanding: films, guest lecturers, study sessions, and more.  Initiation of new members and recognition of graduating seniors takes place each spring. 

Contact:
Dr. Jennifer Rathbun
jrathbun@ashland.edu
419.289.5353

Resources

There are many components that contribute to the academic and professional experience.  Ashland University's Department of Foreign Languages offers a number of student resources to help improve development, gain experience, and sharpen skills.

Academic Associations
Cinema
Class Materials
Dictionaries
General Resources & Country Information
Language Learning Technology

Language Learning Technology

The language lab is located in 201 Patterson Technology Center. Courses in French, German, Spanish and English as a Second Language at Ashland University are taught in media equipped classrooms in Patterson, Bixler, and sometimes other classrooms across campus. All language classrooms have an instructor station with a networked and Internet connected computer, DVD and VCR and ceiling mounted projector. Some classrooms have additional equipment such as a document projector or Smartboard. In addition, Patterson Hall is part of the Ashland University wireless network.

The language laboratory, located in Room 201 of the Patterson Instructional Technologies Center, serves students in the Department of Foreign Languages and the Ashland Center for English Studies . Students studying English as a Second Language, French, and Spanish can come to the lab to do audio, video, and computer lessons assigned as part of their coursework. The lab is managed by Foreign Language instructor Mary Ball, office 213 Bixler Hall, tel 5945, and is staffed by student assistants.

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySunday
10 a.m.-noon
1 p.m.-8 p.m.
10 a.m.-noon
1 p.m.-8 p.m
10 a.m.-noon
1 p.m.-8 p.m
10 a.m.-noon
1 p.m.-8 p.m
10 a.m.-noon
1 p.m.-4 p.m.
3-8 p.m.

Closed MLK weekend Sat Jan 18-Mon Jan 20

Spring break   closed Sat Mar 1-Sun Mar 9
Easter break   closed Thurs April 17-Sun April 20   closed 4 pm Wed April 16  
Last day of the semester, April 30, closed 4 pm

Some exceptions may apply when the lab is closed on a test day or when an instructor reserves the lab for a class.

Phone number: x5653

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Contact Us

Contact Us

Department Chair

Dr. Richard Gray
Chair, Department of Foreign Languages, Associate Professor of French
210, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
419.289.5792
rgray6@ashland.edu

Administrative Assistant

Lindsay Brandon-Smith
Administrative Assistant
203, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
574.289.5110
lbrando2@ashland.edu

Department Info

Foreign Languages
Center for the Humanities (Bixler Hall)
Ashland University
401 College Ave.
Ashland, OH 44805
419.289.5353

Programs

Programs

Undergraduate

Are you currently enrolled in a program at Ashland University and looking to expand your skill set and marketability? Consider a minor in a foreign language.

Undergraduate
Degree Type: BA

In Ashland’s French program, you’ll gain more than just language skills. You’ll gain a deeper appreciation of the rich beauty of French civilization, culture, and literature.

Undergraduate
Degree Type: B.S.Ed.

Are you interested in French and looking to inspire others? Influence the next generation of students by learning how to teach French in Ashland University’s French Education program.

Undergraduate
Degree Type: BA

Do you want to master the language spoken by 350 million people worldwide? Spanish language skills are in high demand in the U.S., with many organizations turning to employees who know Spanish as a necessity. Ashland University’s Spanish program will give you a global competitive edge to prepare you for...

Undergraduate
Degree Type: BSED

Learn to teach Spanish in Ashland University’s Spanish Education program.

Curriculum

Curriculum

Each department provides information specific to its majors and programs to help ensure you choose exactly which major is right for you. Use the supplemental material below to assist you in finding a major that most interests you.

Current Undergraduate Catalog

Course Rotations

Current Academic Year

Faculty

Faculty

Dr. Richard Gray, Assistant Professor
Dr. Richard Gray
Chair, Department of Foreign Languages, Associate Professor of French
210, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
419.289.5792 / rgray6@ashland.edu
Department of Foreign Language
Jennifer Rathbun
Dr. Jennifer Rathbun
Professor of Foreign Language
217, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
419.289.5353 / jrathbun@ashland.edu
Department of Foreign Language
Dr. Barbara Schmidt-Rinehart, Professor
Dr. Barbara Schmidt-Rinehart
Professor of Foreign Languages
214 , Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
419.289.5131 / bschmidt@ashland.edu
Department of Foreign Language

Department News

Department News

Spanish in Law Practice

by Clarke Owens, Attorney
Recently, the court staff in Holmes County noted on my attorney profile that I speak some Spanish, and they asked me to accept an appointment to represent a Central American client who spoke no English.
At our first hearing, I was introduced to the certified court reporter. The CCR is a person fluent in a foreign language, trained and board-certified to translate in a court of law. Since his skills were greater than mine, he offered to translate for me and my client. I was greatly impressed with the interpreter's ability to put all my questions, instructions, and legal terms into language that the client understood. The CCR seldom interrupted me, and allowed me to express myself at great length, taking down key words as I spoke, which enabled him to remember everything I had said.
Knowledge of Spanish is becoming more and more valuable in the legal profession, even here in Ohio where the Spanish-speaking population is not as visible as in California, Florida, or Texas. Whereas, for many years, immigration attorneys were only available in the big cities, like Cleveland and Akron, today we have an attorney in Wooster who tells me immigration law is 25% of her practice.
Spanish speaking ability is the wave of the future for people whose jobs require them to communicate with a large number of people. It's also gratifying to be able to use this skill to help others, aside from using it in travels, or in reading. My foreign languages are French and Spanish, and I derive great satisfaction from studying them, and from using these skills in my legal practice....Read more

Study Abroad Drop-In Hours


PKNU is one of the most prestigious national universities in South Korea. Students who participate in the PKNU International Summer School Program will have the opportunity to learn more about Korean culture and meet people from all over the world! AU also awards 3 all-inclusive scholarships for this program! We are holding drop in hours in our office, Bixler 211, on Tuesday, November 5th from 3:00pm-5:00pm. Stop by to learn more!...Read more

Study Abroad Drop in Hours

Do you have questions about studying abroad? Stop by our office! We are holding drop in hours on Monday, October 21 from 1:00-5:00 pm in our office in Bixler 211. Read more

The Department of Foreign Languages would like to congratulate 2019 Spanish and Psychology major Emma Eastwood for her acceptance into University of Akron's Masters program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling! Emma is pictured below in Costa Rica during her Summer 2016 study abroad. ¡Felicidades Emma! Congratulations!Read more

Organizations

Organizations

Foreign Language Co-Curricular Organizations

As a student of French or Spanish, get involved in your department and participate actively in its co-curricular organizations.  In those student groups, you will continue learning outside of the classroom and expand your academic experience while having fun and meeting new people.

Language Clubs

Join the French Club and/or Spanish Club.  The clubs provide fun and educational activities that support the language you are studying: movies, music, games, food, cultural programs, and more!  Meet people who share your interest in the language and culture.  Students at all levels of study are welcome.

Phi Sigma Iota, International Foreign Language Honor Society

Work hard in your studies and you will be rewarded with membership in the prestigious honor society Phi Sigma Iota.  Eligibility requirements include: junior status, a B average in both your foreign language course and general studies, and completion of at least one 300-level course at A.U.  The society sponsors activities designed to promote language learning and greater cultural understanding: films, guest lecturers, study sessions, and more.  Initiation of new members and recognition of graduating seniors takes place each spring. 

Contact:
Dr. Jennifer Rathbun
jrathbun@ashland.edu
419.289.5353

Resources

Resources

There are many components that contribute to the academic and professional experience.  Ashland University's Department of Foreign Languages offers a number of student resources to help improve development, gain experience, and sharpen skills.

Academic Associations
Cinema
Class Materials
Dictionaries
General Resources & Country Information
Language Learning Technology

Language Learning Technology

The language lab is located in 201 Patterson Technology Center. Courses in French, German, Spanish and English as a Second Language at Ashland University are taught in media equipped classrooms in Patterson, Bixler, and sometimes other classrooms across campus. All language classrooms have an instructor station with a networked and Internet connected computer, DVD and VCR and ceiling mounted projector. Some classrooms have additional equipment such as a document projector or Smartboard. In addition, Patterson Hall is part of the Ashland University wireless network.

The language laboratory, located in Room 201 of the Patterson Instructional Technologies Center, serves students in the Department of Foreign Languages and the Ashland Center for English Studies . Students studying English as a Second Language, French, and Spanish can come to the lab to do audio, video, and computer lessons assigned as part of their coursework. The lab is managed by Foreign Language instructor Mary Ball, office 213 Bixler Hall, tel 5945, and is staffed by student assistants.

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySunday
10 a.m.-noon
1 p.m.-8 p.m.
10 a.m.-noon
1 p.m.-8 p.m
10 a.m.-noon
1 p.m.-8 p.m
10 a.m.-noon
1 p.m.-8 p.m
10 a.m.-noon
1 p.m.-4 p.m.
3-8 p.m.

Closed MLK weekend Sat Jan 18-Mon Jan 20

Spring break   closed Sat Mar 1-Sun Mar 9
Easter break   closed Thurs April 17-Sun April 20   closed 4 pm Wed April 16  
Last day of the semester, April 30, closed 4 pm

Some exceptions may apply when the lab is closed on a test day or when an instructor reserves the lab for a class.

Phone number: x5653

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Exploring the World Starts Here

Are you intrigued by other cultures? Do you have interest in exploring other languages? Cultivate these interests in the Foreign Language department at Ashland University.

What to Expect in the Foreign Language Department

The best way to learn a language is to live it. The Department of Foreign Language is fully dedicated to the study of French and Spanish languages, literatures, and cultures, providing you with courses that range from basic language skills to specialized courses to enhance your learning. We also offer basic Portuguese and Latin Language courses for additional language expertise.

Program Benefits

Majoring in a Foreign Language program at Ashland University prepares you for more than a career as a teacher or translator. It gives you an edge in the global community. Past graduates of these programs have careers in business, computer science, health services, law, public relations, and more.

You will also have the opportunity to travel abroad through the AU in Costa Rica or AU in France programs.

Explore our Foreign Language programs to find one best suited for your career objective.

Placement

If you studied French or Spanish in high school, you must complete Ashland University’s language proficiency assessment tool (WebCape). This information will allow you to make an informed decision about your language study to fulfill the Critical Cultural Inquiry core requirement.

Correct language placement is crucial for your academic success. Placement is determined by your WebCape score, the number of years of high school language study, your GPA and ACT.

You may access the WebCape language placement tool here. Create an account, sign in and choose from the list of available tests. Click on "Take Test". You will need to have a stable internet connection and a quiet environment for about 15 - 30 minutes. Please do not use any assistance or resources while taking the WebCAPE.

If you took another language, you should consider enrolling in elementary French, Latin, or Spanish.

FREN 151 and SPAN 171 – Elementary I

Prerequisite: Placement or no prior study of French or Spanish.
Note: Not open to students who placed into other levels.
Completed 0-2 years of high school FL ACT below 24 GPA below 3.25 WebCape score:
FREN: 0-155
SPAN: 0-174

FREN 152 and SPAN 172 – Elementary II

Prerequisite: Placement, FREN 151 or SPAN 171 or transfer equivalent.
Note: Not open to students who placed into other levels.
Completed 2-3 years of high school FL ACT below 24 GPA below 3.25 WebCape score:
FREN: 156-200
SPAN: 175-234

FREN 251 and SPAN 271 – Intermediate I

Prerequisite: Placement, FREN 152 or SPAN 172 or transfer equivalent.
Note: Not open to students who placed into other levels.
Completed 3-4 years or more of high school FL ACT 24 or higher GPA 3.25 or higher WebCape score:
FREN: 201-280
SPAN: 235-299

FREN 252 and SPAN 272 – Intermediate II

Prerequisite: Placement, FREN 251 or SPAN 271 or transfer equivalent.
Note: Not open to students who placed into other levels.
Completed 3-4 years or more of high school FL ACT 24 or higher GPA 3.25 or higher WebCape score:
FREN: 281-400
SPAN: 300-449

See Department for placement beyond Intermediate II, questions about your placement, placement if three or more years have passed since you studied the language, and permission to study a language course below your level of proficiency.

CLEP CREDIT

Ashland University accepts CLEP credit but does not administer CLEP tests. You may take the test at any CLEP testing center. Go to the CLEP website. Have your scores sent to Ashland University for credit and placement. http://apps.collegeboard.com/cbsearch_clep/searchCLEPTestCenter.jsp

French A CLEP score of 50 earns 6 hours credit for Elementary I and II; begin in Intermediate I. A CLEP score of 62 earns 12 hours of credit and satisfies the prerequisites for 300-level FL courses.
German A CLEP score of 50 earns 6 hours credit for Elementary I and II; begin in Intermediate I. A CLEP score of 63 earns 12 hours of credit.
Spanish A CLEP score of 50 earns 6 hours credit for Elementary I and II; begin in Intermediate I. A CLEP score of 66 earns 12 hours of credit and satisfies the prerequisites for 300-level FL courses.

Note: CLEP credit does not meet the CCI requirement.

AP CREDIT

Ashland University accepts AP credit. An AP score of 3 or higher earns credit for Intermediate I and II and satisfies the prerequisites for 300-level FL courses.
Note: AP credit does not meet the CCI requirement.

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