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Program Overview

If literature and language pique your interest, consider studying English. Here you will embark on a literary journey across the centuries and around the globe. You will develop the ability to think analytically, appreciate different cultures and learn to express yourself both verbally and in writing. A degree in English prepares you for a lifetime of learning and a wide array of opportunities.

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Learning Experiences

In the English program at AU, you will:

  • Learn from expert faculty and published scholars
  • Study great works of literature from a variety of critical perspectives that will enhance your own viewpoints
  • Experience personalized attention in small classes meant to emphasize your individual learning
  • Benefit from a flexible curriculum that lets you create an educational program to meet your career objectives
  • Develop marketable skills, such as writing and analytical capabilities that will prepare you for a variety of careers
  • Gain rewarding, real-world experience through internships with Ashland Poetry Press or the Ashland Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program.
  • Join the editorial team of the Black Fork Review, a literary journal run by students and featuring student writing
Students taking notes in English class


Learn more about the English program by reviewing the three-year curriculum guide, the four-year curriculum guide or the course rotation.

Graduate Outcomes

When you graduate with a degree in English, you graduate with a deeper understanding of the world around you. Reading and writing are the tenets of English, but they’re a means to achieve mastery of communication and critical thinking. The cultural foundation you build will carry you to a rewarding future on any number of paths.

Graduates of our English program work in a positions such as:

  • Arts administrators
  • Attorneys
  • Digital marketing strategists
  • Editors
  • Higher education administrators
Students talking to each other in English class

Student Testimonial

Tyayia Young, English Major


“Being in the English program at Ashland University has provided me with lifelong mentors and friends; I receive endless support from all professors in all aspects of life. Our professors create professional relationships that encourage us to branch out into different fields, knowing that we will always have someone to help us along the way. The support does not just end inside the classroom; professors I am no longer in class with have reached out and helped me with my grad school preparations.”

Tyayia Young, English major

Contact Information

Hilary Donatini, Ph.D.
Chair, Languages and Literatures Department
306 Bixler Hall

Lori Shire
Administrative Assistant

203 Bixler Hall

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