- About the College
UndergraduateUndergraduateDegree Type: B.S.Activating Your Inner Actuary
If a career in risk management interests you, consider Ashland University’s Actuarial Science program.
Very few universities of Ashland University’s size have an actuarial program. In fact, it's one of only 15 colleges/universities in Ohio with an Actuarial Programs (UCAP) designation and 5 private colleges/universities.
Students...UndergraduateDegree Type: AA, MinorThe Department of Addictions Counseling, Prevention and Human Services
The Department of Addictions Counseling, Prevention, and Human Services offers a minor in addictions for students pursuing any bachelor’s degrees. The minor, in addition to a degree in psychology, criminal justice, social work, and nursing, fulfills the educational requirement for the...UndergraduateDegree Type: BABroadening Your Communication Career
Are you passionate about connecting with others and seeking a career that builds relationships? Consider the Communication Studies program at Ashland University. This comprehensive program will prepare you for a broad range of careers in communication.UndergraduateDegree Type: B.S.Ed.Educating an Artistic Youth
Do you have a passion for art and a desire to educate and inspire children? Consider Ashland University College of Arts and Sciences’ Art Education program. It’s one of Ohio’s leading teacher preparation programs, preparing you to be a well-rounded practicing artist with excellent teaching skills.UndergraduateDegree Type: BSBanking on Biology
Interested in the connection between humans and the world around us? Consider majoring in Biology at Ashland to prepare for a career in medicine, research biology, and other emerging biology fields.UndergraduateDegree Type: BSCollaborating in Chemistry for Modern Advancements
New medicines, materials, cleaner fuels, innovative criminal lab procedures, and so much more of modern life depends on advancements in the diverse fields of Chemistry. So if you’re looking for an exciting and challenging scientific career, start by exploring the Chemistry and Biochemistry program...Undergraduate
Enhance your major program with a marketable minor that will provide an invaluable understanding of the society all around you. Knowledge about families and working with families has emerged as a critical area of concern for health, social service, and education professionals.UndergraduateDegree Type: BS, BADeveloping a Technology-Driven World
Today’s technology-focused world needs innovative, technology-focused professionals who specialize in areas such as programming, software development, networks, system administration, and cybersecurity. Ashland University’s cutting-edge Computer Science program provides you with the hands-on training and skills you need to enter an in-demand, high-income career in technology.UndergraduateDegree Type: BAFostering Your Imagination
Are you an enthusiastic writer thinking about turning your passion into a career? Develop your voice in Ashland University’s Creative Writing program.
A degree in Creative Writing is an asset to nearly any career you pursue because it helps you develop critical thinking and clear expression.UndergraduateDegree Type: BA, AAWhat Can I do With a Major in Criminal Justice? Possible Career Occupations
(Note: not all criminal justice occupations are listed. Some career options may require additional study. Some of our Graduates go on to graduate school or law school.)Federal Occupations: Department of Homeland Security (Border Patrol, Customs) Federal...UndergraduateDegree Type: B.S.Defending Technology from Cybercriminals
The Cybersecurity major prepares you to protect individuals, companies and governments from malicious cyber-attacks. You will develop strong problem-solving skills, a robust understanding of computer systems, solid analytical skills, and firm awareness with laws and regulations pertaining to information security.UndergraduateDegree Type: BADigital Storytelling Starts Here
Are you a curious, critical thinker and an avid storyteller seeking ways to be heard? Gather and create news content for all storytelling platforms including print, broadcast, and digital in Ashland University’s immersive Digital Media Journalism program.UndergraduateDegree Type: BAMastering the Behind-the-Scenes
Are you interested in the art of visual storytelling? The Digital Media Production program at Ashland University emphasizes the production process from concept to completion to prepare you for a career in the rapidly developing world of digital media.UndergraduateDegree Type: BAJoin Us on a Literary Journey
Are you passionate about literature and language? Join the English Department at Ashland University to start your literary journey across centuries and around the globe.UndergraduateDegree Type: B.S.
Environmental Science is one of the most in-demand scientific fields of study with promising career opportunities.
When you major in Environmental Science at Ashland University you will have personal attention from your professors, a new 2,500 square foot greenhouse, expanded research facilities and many more.
An Environmental Science major at...UndergraduateDegree Type: BA, BFAFine-tuning Your Artistic Capabilities
Experience art on a whole new level in Ashland University’s Fine Art program.
The Fine Art program at the College of Arts and Sciences is a diverse program devoted to providing you with a fundamental core of art knowledge and strong technical skills. Choose from five...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.UndergraduateDegree Type: BSSolving Crimes With Science
Consider adding the Forensic Biology concentration to your major at Ashland University if you’re interested in applying biological principles to law enforcement.UndergraduateDegree Type: BA
AFTER THE FALL 2020 SEMESTER, THIS PROGRAM IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING NEW STUDENTSUndergraduateDegree Type: B.S.Ed.
AFTER THE FALL 2020 SEMESTER, THIS PROGRAM IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING NEW STUDENTSUndergraduateDegree Type: BS
AFTER THE FALL 2020 SEMESTER, THIS PROGRAM IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING NEW STUDENTSUndergraduateDegree Type: BS, B.S.Ed
AFTER THE FALL 2020 SEMESTER, THIS PROGRAM IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING NEW STUDENTSUndergraduateDegree Type: BA, BSFostering a Visual Business World
Are you looking for a creative career developing visual solutions for clients? Look no further than Ashland University’s Graphic Design Program.UndergraduateDegree Type: BAAFTER THE FALL 2020 SEMESTER, THIS PROGRAM IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING NEW STUDENTSUndergraduateDegree Type: BAUnderstanding Our World by Studying Its Past
Understanding the greatest minds and key events of the past is key to becoming an educated citizen and successful future professional. The History program at Ashland University helps you examine the past while building your writing, analysis, and communication skills to give you...UndergraduateDegree Type: BSBAWhy Should a Student Pursue this Degree?
The Homeland Security program is designed for those who want to work on the front lines and be involved with emergencies as they happen. People who excel in this field aren’t averse to confronting a disaster directly.
This program will give you the...UndergraduateDegree Type: BAPassing Your Love of Language On
Do you have a love of language and literature and want to teach? Bring your passion to life for the next generation of high school students in the Integrated Language Arts program at Ashland University.
This program prepares you for teacher licensure in Integrated...UndergraduateDegree Type: BSEDTeaching Mathematics to the Next Generation
Do you have a love for math and an interest in teaching your passion to the next generation? Look no further than Ashland University’s Integrated Mathematics Education program.
The Integrated Mathematics Education program combines Ashland University’s exceptional math and education programs to prepare you...UndergraduateDegree Type: BSED
Are you interested in teaching social studies to young minds? Learn how to confidently and competently bring the social sciences to life for the next generation in the Integrated Social Studies Education program at Ashland University.
This major combines the strengths of the College of Arts and Sciences with the...UndergraduateDegree Type: BS
The Interdisciplinary Studies Major provides students with an opportunity to complete a degree with a primary foundation in practical thinking and ethics. In addition, the student will develop this foundation through the choice of two concentrations in either the humanities, the sciences, or a business-oriented practicum. It will conclude with...UndergraduateDegree Type: BAEntering the International Stage
Take an active role on the global stage in the International Political Studies program at Ashland University.UndergraduateDegree Type: BS, BAMolding a Mathematical Mind
Are you an excellent problem solver with a mathematical mindset? A recent study found that the average starting salary of mathematics majors is higher than the starting salaries of business, communication, advertising, and accounting majors. The Mathematics program at Ashland University is designed to help you...UndergraduateDegree Type: BSMedical Laboratory Scientists are health-care professionals who collect and analyze body fluids, tissues, and other samples from patients, either in a hospital setting or a clinical laboratory. This program is a concentration within our Biology major that includes six semesters of coursework at Ashland University and a fourth year at...UndergraduateAdvantages of Minoring in Spanish
Minoring in Spanish at Ashland University can be very rewarding to your future career. Why? It shows you are flexible, work well with diversity, excel in challenging situations, and have strong communication skills. Knowledge of a foreign language can land you a job and can...UndergraduateDegree Type: BSWhat to Expect
This degree program will provide a path to achieve baccalaureate degrees if your interests lie in multiple areas and/or if your accumulated semester credit hours may not otherwise combine to qualify you for one of AU's existing baccalaureate degrees. The Multidisciplinary Studies program enables you to pursue...UndergraduateDegree Type: BMLearning to Teach Music
If you want to be a music teacher, Ashland University’s Music Education program is a great place to start.
This program combines courses in music with courses from our College of Education, which is nationally recognized as one of the best programs in the state. You’ll...Undergraduate
The music minor programs are designed for students majoring in another field that want significant music study as a part of their education. The required courses for the music minor can be distributed over several years, to ease scheduling. Students select either an Applied performance track (the applied Music Minor)...UndergraduateDegree Type: BAMaking A Career in Music
Do you want to explore the world of music? The Bachelor of Arts in Music provides a thorough musical education within the context of a liberal arts education.UndergraduateDegree Type: BA
AFTER THE FALL 2020 SEMESTER, THIS PROGRAM IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING NEW STUDENTSUndergraduateDegree Type: BAPursuing Wisdom
Are you a deep thinker with an inquisitive mind? Embrace your curiosity in Ashland University’s Philosophy program.UndergraduateDegree Type: BS, BSED
AFTER THE FALL 2020 SEMESTER, THIS PROGRAM IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING NEW STUDENTSUndergraduateDegree Type: BAShaping Public Policy
Are you interested in the fusion between economics and politics? The distinctive Political Economy program at Ashland University combines courses from the College of Arts & Sciences and College of Business & Economics to give you a solid understanding of the many ways politics and economics interact...UndergraduateDegree Type: BAA Powerful Way to Learn
Are you a natural leader with an interest in politics or government? Consider the Political Science Program at Ashland University.UndergraduateDegree Type: BS, BAResearch Opportunities
Students majoring in psychology are encouraged to become involved in research in our department, and faculty and students alike regularly publish and present research at regional, national and international conferences. In the past ten years our students have made over 90 conference presentations at local, regional, and national...UndergraduateDegree Type: BAPreparing the Faces of the Future
Are you an effective communicator looking to expand your skills? Do you want to play an integral role in the ever-changing, dynamic field of communication? Look no further than Ashland University’s Public Relations and Strategic Communication program.
In today’s complex, digitally connected world, companies...UndergraduateDegree Type: BADeepen and broaden your understanding of Christianity and World Religions.
When you study Religion at Ashland University, you will explore the fields of:Biblical Studies Christian Theology History of Christianity Practical Theology Christian Ethics World Religions
As a Religion major, with the direction and guidance of your professors, you will...UndergraduateDegree Type: BSEducating a Scientific Youth
Do you have a passion for teaching and want to introduce young minds to the wonders of science? Ashland University’s teacher-training program is highly regarded as one of the best in Ohio. When you graduate with a degree in any of our science education majors, you’ll...UndergraduateDegree Type: BSSWPreparing You for a Lifetime of Advocacy
Ashland University’s Social Work program trains you to serve at-risk populations. Nationally accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), this program is one of the largest programs in the Colleges of Arts & Sciences. It prepares you to take the licensing...UndergraduateDegree Type: B.S.Integrating the Software Lifecycle into Your Lifecycle
The Software Design and Development program prepares you to be a proficient designer, developer, and troubleshooter of computer software systems. You will develop strong problem-solving, communication and teamwork skills, while taking courses that go in depth into each stage of the software lifecycle.UndergraduateDegree Type: BA
AFTER THE FALL 2020 SEMESTER, THIS PROGRAM IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING NEW STUDENTSUndergraduateDegree Type: BSED
AFTER THE FALL 2020 SEMESTER, THIS PROGRAM IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING NEW STUDENTSUndergraduateDegree Type: BAUniting Sport and People
Do you have passion for sports and an interest in communication? Consider merging your interests in the Sport Communication program at Ashland University.
No other sport communication program in the country takes the same full-circle approach to the field as we do, making this program stand...UndergraduateDegree Type: BA
AFTER THE FALL 2020 SEMESTER, THIS PROGRAM IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING NEW STUDENTSUndergraduateDegree Type: BSInvestigating Chemicals to Reduce Harmful Effects
Have you ever wondered why prescription drugs have side effects? Or why some plants and animals are poisonous? Or how exposure to air pollutants like sulfur and nitrogen oxides might affect people’s health?
You’ll learn the answers to these questions—and prepare for an exciting...Graduate
GraduateGraduateDegree Type: MA
There are many hybrid and online master's degree programs available, but how many can combine the rich interaction of a brick-and-mortar classroom with the convenience of learning from home? Ashland University's Master of Arts programs in American History and Government take online learning to the next level. At Ashland, you'll...GraduateDegree Type: MA
Are you a dedicated professional looking to improve your strategic communication skills?
Ashland University's Master of Arts in Corporate Strategic Communication (MACSC) program is one of the most innovative programs nationwide.GraduateDegree Type: MFA
Expand your writing practice and refine your craft within the supportive community of Ashland University’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program.Online-Adult
Online-AdultOnline-AdultDegree Type: AA, MinorThe Department of Addictions Counseling, Prevention and Human Services
The Department of Addictions Counseling, Prevention, and Human Services offers a minor in addictions for students pursuing any bachelor’s degrees. The minor, in addition to a degree in psychology, criminal justice, social work, and nursing, fulfills the educational requirement for the...Online-AdultDegree Type: BABroadening Your Communication Career
Are you passionate about connecting with others and seeking a career that builds relationships? Consider the Communication Studies program at Ashland University. This comprehensive program will prepare you for a broad range of careers in communication.Online-AdultDegree Type: BSFinish Your Degree to Meet Your Career Goals Organizational Leadership Online Degree
This degree will give you the credential to advance your career in any company or industry, or to move your career in a new direction. The program offers a great opportunity to study with your peers – adults...Online-AdultDegree Type: BSFinish your degree without putting your life on hold Organizational Training and Development Online Degree
This degree will give you the credential to move your career from “doing” to “teaching.” The program offers a great opportunity to study with your peers – adults with substantial work experience. Not only do...Online-AdultDegree Type: B.S.Defending Technology from Cybercriminals
The Cybersecurity major prepares you to protect individuals, companies and governments from malicious cyber-attacks. You will develop strong problem-solving skills, a robust understanding of computer systems, solid analytical skills, and firm awareness with laws and regulations pertaining to information security.Online-AdultDegree Type: BSBAWhy Should a Student Pursue this Degree?
The Homeland Security program is designed for those who want to work on the front lines and be involved with emergencies as they happen. People who excel in this field aren’t averse to confronting a disaster directly.
This program will give you the...Online-AdultDegree Type: BS
The Interdisciplinary Studies Major provides students with an opportunity to complete a degree with a primary foundation in practical thinking and ethics. In addition, the student will develop this foundation through the choice of two concentrations in either the humanities, the sciences, or a business-oriented practicum. It will conclude with...Online-AdultDegree Type: BSWhat to Expect
This degree program will provide a path to achieve baccalaureate degrees if your interests lie in multiple areas and/or if your accumulated semester credit hours may not otherwise combine to qualify you for one of AU's existing baccalaureate degrees. The Multidisciplinary Studies program enables you to pursue...Online-AdultDegree Type: BS, AA
Looking to pursue a degree in Criminal Justice on your own time? As an online student in Ashland University’s Criminal Justice program, you’ll learn in an interactive online learning environment with ultimate flexibility to meet your schedule.
- Arts & Culture
Workshops, Seminars, & Readings to Enhance Your MFA Experience
Summer residencies are integral to our MFA community. The residency is held on the campus of Ashland University and features a rigorous schedule of workshops, seminars, and readings. The 2022 Summer Residency will be held at Ashland University Monday, July 25 through Friday, August 5. Please visit our 2022 Residency webpage for schedule updates.
Typical Daily Residency Schedule
- morning workshop
- lunch in the University's dining hall
- afternoon craft seminar led by a faculty mentor or a visiting writer
- thesis defenses, class and individual meetings in late afternoon
- catered dinner
- evening reading by distinguished visiting writers and faculty mentors
- after-hours student open mics and social gatherings
Summer workshops are split into two sessions. In each, students will spend several days working in a small group of 3-5 students and one faculty mentor. Sessions consist of peer feedback, discussion of assigned readings, and short writing assignments. In the second week, students work with a different faculty member in their genre to ensure a variety of feedback.
Visiting Writers & Editors
Each summer, we invite visiting writers to give readings and craft seminars in addition to our core faculty readings and seminars. Editors from literary journals and presses hold panel discussions and meet with students individually.
Previous visiting writers have included:
Patricia Smith (poetry)
Leslie Jamison (creative nonfiction)
Viet Thang Nguyen (fiction)
Terese Marie Mailhot (creative nonfiction)
Jericho Brown (poetry)
Rebecca Makkai (fiction)
Hanif Abdurraqib (creative nonfiction)
Justin Phillip Reed (poetry)
Dan Chaon (fiction)
Terry Tempest Williams (creative nonfiction)
J. Allyn Rosser (poetry)
Kate Hopper (creative nonfiction)
Dexter Booth (poetry)
Lolita Hernandez (fiction)
Gretel Ehrlich (creative nonfiction)
Past visiting editors have included Jon Parrish Peede (Virginia Quarterly Review, or VQR), Mary Biddinger (Akron University Press), David Lynn and Kirsten Reach (Kenyon Review), Hilary Plum (CSU Poetry Center), Eric Obenauf (Two Dollar Radio Press), Dan Bourne (The Artful Dodge), Johanna Ingalls (Akashic Books), Ibrahim Ahmad (Viking), and Kate Gale (Red Hen Press).
Ohio Arts Council
The Ashland University MFA Program is grateful for the support of the Ohio Arts Council, which enables many events to be open and free to the public so that local writers and those interested in the literary arts can also benefit from the gifted authors and editors that are involved with this program.