Overview

Our department is fully dedicated to the study of languages, literatures and cultures, with courses that range from basic language skills to specialized courses to enhance your learning. We’re all about how stories have the power to change the world!

From the classics to contemporary literature, you can customize your education based on your interests, and you’ll be surrounded by a thriving community of readers and writers.

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Students in English class

Learning Experiences

You will also: 

  • Receive personal attention with small class sizes at all course levels
  • Complement another major with an English, Creative Writing or Spanish minor
  • Learn from expert faculty who are published authors and working editors.
  • Collaborate with faculty on research projects and publishing opportunities, and present your findings at professional conferences
  • Get paid experience by working as a writing tutor in the Ashland Writing  Center and in internships with the Ashland Poetry Press and the AU Master of Fine Arts Program.
  • Join the editorial team of the Black Fork Review, a literary journal run by students that features student writing.

Join us and find your voice in a program in the Languages and Literatures Department.

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Students in English class

Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society

Sigma Tau Delta is a National English Honor Society. In addition to conferring distinction for high achievement in English language and literature, the Society’s Articles of Incorporation call for “service to society by fostering literacy.” Ashland University’s chapter strives to build student-professor relationships outside of the classroom, serve as leaders in the Department of Languages and Literatures and foster literacy in the Ashland community.

You don’t have to be an English major or minor to apply to Sigma Tau Delta, but you must:

  1. Have sophomore standing or higher
  2. Have a 3.0 minimum GPA in at least two English classes beyond English 102

Please email Hilary Donatini at hdonatin@ashland.edu for an application. 

 

Interships

Foreign Language Placement

If you studied French or Spanish in high school, you must complete Ashland University’s language proficiency assessment in WebCape. The information from your assessment will help you make decisions 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 and your GPA and ACT scores.

Access the WebCape language placement tool, create an account, sign in and choose from the list of available tests. Select "Take Test.” You will need a stable internet connection and a quiet environment for 15-30 minutes. Please do not use any assistance or resources while completing the assessment.

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

Please contact Richard Gray at rgray6@ashland.edu with questions about foreign language placement.

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.

Contact Information

Hilary Donatini, Ph.D.
Chair, Languages and Literatures Department
306 Bixler Hall
hdonatin@ashland.edu 

Angela Miller
Administrative Assistant
203 Bixler Hall
amille75@ashland.edu
419-289-5110

For questions about first-year composition, please contact Maura Grady, Ph.D. by email at mgrady3@ashland.edu