UC Blue Ash College

Foreign Language Department

Foreign Language department faculty and staff

Learning a foreign language helps students explore the world and better understand diverse viewpoints. UC Blue Ash College professors in the Foreign Language Department have expert training in their fields of study and experience traveling to countries that represent the languages they teach. 

Language, culture, study abroad programs and service learning courses taken in the Foreign Language Department meet general education requirements of Diversity and Culture and Humanities, Literature or Historical Perspectives. Courses in the American Sign Language Certificate meet general education requirements for the areas of Diversity and Culture and Social Sciences.

National French Week

November 4 - 10

Please join us in celebration of French culture, film, food and education. All events will be held virtually at the links below:

Wednesday, November 4

Hosted by: Thomas Dinsmore, Professor of Foreign Languages, UC Clermont

  • Join online via WebEx
  • Join by phone: +1-415-655-0002, US Toll, Access code: 649 574 664
  • 2:00-3:00 pm: Kick-off Ceremony 
    • Presentations by Prof. Shureka Nyawalo about National French Week and Prof. Thomas Dinsmore on learning French. 
  • 3:00-4:00 pm: UC Study Abroad
    • A presentation from UC International Programs about study abroad programs in French-speaking countries
  • 7:00-8:00 pm: Film Discussion
    • A discussion by Professor Michael Gott about the film La pirogue (2012, directed by Moussa Touré) The film is available through both the Hamilton County library Kanopy and UC Kanopy. Participants are asked to view the film on their own before coming to the discussion. 
  • Today's food and drink recipes to try at home: 

Thursday, November 5

Hosted by: Shureka Nyawalo, Assistant Professor Educator of French, UC Clifton

Friday, November 6

Hosted by: Jody Ballah, Associate Professor of French, UC Blue Ash

  • Join online via WebEx
  • Join by phone: +1-415-655-0002, Access code: 1202644127
  • 3:00-4:00 pm: Engage in French
    • A presentation from the Alliance Française de Cincinnati – experiences with French language and how to engage in French in Cincinnati
  • 7:00-10:00 pm: Film Viewing & Discussion
    • A film viewing and discussion by Professor Catherine White of the film Mignonnes (2020 directed by Maïmouna Doucouré). The film will be viewed synchronously on Netflix and the discussion will begin at 9:00 pm.
  • Today's food and drink recipes to try at home:

Monday, November 9

Post food recipes and food photos on the RALL Instagram account: @uofcincy_rall. Share photos and videos of the food recipes you’ve tried! If you don’t have an Instagram account, you can e-mail your photos to Kyle Mercuri at mercurke@mail.uc.edu.

Tuesday, November 10

Hosted by: Jody Ballah, Associate Professor of French, UC Blue Ash

  • Join online via WebEx
  • Join by phone: +1-415-655-0002, access code: 1202644127
  • 4:00-5:00 pm: Student Presentations
    • Presenters from FREN 4034/7034, Global Francophone Film
  • 5:00-7:30 pm: Film Viewing & Discussion
    • A film viewing and discussion by Prof. Jody Ballah of the classic French New Wave film A bout de soule (1960, directed by Jean-Luc Godard). The film will be viewed synchronously on Kanopy.com and the discussion will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m.

National French Week 2020 Organization Committee

Academic Programs

Professional Certificates

Foreign Language Lab

The Foreign Language Lab and Resource Center is ready to help you succeed. Work on your foreign language homework, brush up on your skills, or get personal tutoring in the Foreign Language Lab and Resource Center in 337 and 338 Muntz Hall.

Foreign Language Placement

All students who have had two or more years of a high school foreign language, or those who have prior knowledge of a foreign language, and who wish to continue studying the same language, must take the foreign language placement test prior to registering for a foreign language class.

Foreign Language Requirement

If a student has a foreign language requirement in his/her program, it may be satisfied with one or two options. Note that some programs have different requirements than those listed below. Be sure to check your program.

To satisfy the foreign language requirement, a student must complete the final course in the sequence satisfactorily. If a student "tests out" of any portion of a sequence, only the remaining courses in the sequence must be completed satisfactorily to meet the foreign language requirement.

Spring Semester Culture Courses

FREN 2045 Survey of French Language Literature in Translation DC HU SCE | CM CT KI, 3 cr.

This course will provide a broad perspective of the Francophone World. Students will study where French is spoken in the world and the historical, cultural and social background of these areas. Diverse customs, attitudes, lifestyles and other aspects of society will be studied. Students will have the opportunity to choose one Francophone region to examine in greater depth.  

GRMN 1081 GRMN 1081 - Survey of German Cultural History 1 DC HU SCE | CM KI SR, 3 cr.

This is an introductory course about German cultural development from the pre-historic centuries to the establishment of the Second German Empire in 1871. The course affords students the opportunity to explore the formation of German national identity in cultural, linguistic and socio-political terms. Students will read and interpret historical and contemporary texts and analyze visual artifacts, all of which, taken together, define Germany and German people.

**These courses are taught in English** No previous language experience is required. No pre-requisite is needed.

Department News

Welcome to the Academy

Professor Teresa Roig-Torres was inducted into UC's Academy of Fellows for Teaching and Learning. There is a thorough interview process and several criteria that are required to be named a Fellow. A few key points are that you must show significant and extended contributions to excellence in scholarly teaching and student learning. Teresa will be recognized at the All-University Faculty Awards Celebration on April 17 at 3:00 pm in the Great Hall at Tangeman University Center.

Professor Angie Woods wins the UC Blue Ash 2017 Outstanding Faculty Service Award

Dr. Angie Woods has developed quite a reputation for providing extraordinary service to our college, the university and her community. She launched service learning courses in the Foreign Language Department and coordinates a service learning project where students in the intermediate Spanish language courses tutor students in beginning Spanish classes. She serves as director of our Spanish Study Abroad Program and routinely incorporates community service into the program, including a project where students engaged with children in an orphanage in Costa Rica. In the community, Dr. Woods has volunteered for years at the Valley Interfaith Food and Clothing Center, which serves Spanish-speaking immigrants. She also assists other organizations, including the Hamilton County Park District and Cincinnati Public Schools, with translation for print materials and in communicating verbally with Spanish-speaking families.

Largest Gift in UC Blue Ash History from the Estate of Retired French Professor Judy Baughin

As UC Blue Ash's first French professor, Judy Baughin was the founding member of the French discipline at RWC/UCBA, developing and teaching all levels of French language and culture courses. She helped create the Foreign Language Department and served as its chair for an astounding 32 years (with a couple of breaks for leaves). She retired in 2008 as professor emerita. Judy and her late husband, Bill Baughin, were much-loved at UCBA Their commitment to the college and to our students will continue for many years. Please read more about their generosity and their heartwarming story of dedication to their students and our college over at UC Foundation.

Online Relief for Puerto Rico

UC Blue Ash Professor of Spanish, Maria Ortiz, is helping lead an outreach initiative to assist students in Puerto Rico affected by last fall’s Hurricane Maria.

In November and December 2017, Ortiz and associate provost for faculty development and special initiatives, Keisha Love, led an effort to round up a network of Spanish-speaking professors to offer online classes to students in Puerto Rico as the island recovers from the devastation of the hurricanes.

“We were so lucky to have the support from UC’s Office of the Provost. The University of Cincinnati is setting a precedence in education, and I am so proud we can bring light into the challenging times,” said Ortiz. “Puerto Rico is my home, and the fact that we can do so much through education has been my biggest motivator. I know this is key to getting the community there back on track.”

Outstanding Service While Abroad

Kudos to UC Blue Ash Spanish professors, Angie Woods and Teresa Roig-Torres, for each being honored with the "Outstanding Service Award for Heroic Efforts on Study Abroad" by UC Interim Provost, Peter Landgren. The award was presented recently at the monthly faculty meeting and is in recognition of the extraordinary work the professors did in leading our study abroad program in Peru over the summer. The program featured great opportunities for students to immerse themselves in the Spanish language and Peruvian culture, but there were also some challenging moments that were handled expertly by Angie and Teresa.


Contact Information

Muntz Hall | Room 350
Phone: 513-745-5649
Fax: 513-745-5771
Email: foreignlanguage@ucblueash.edu