The study of literature helps readers to draw connections between the global and the everyday. Reading literature brings us into an awareness of ourselves and allows us to live thousands of experiences simultaneously.
Likewise, the study of writing enhances our ability to use language to express ourselves in argument and art, to inform and raise public awareness, and to affect social change. To write well and responsibly is to be able to use humankind’s most powerful tool—the
pen—for the benefit and betterment of others.
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Spanish, International Business/Modern Language, Interdisciplinary, B.A.
American Studies Minor -
Course Catalog Minor RequirementsEnglish Minor -
Course Catalog Minor RequirementsFrench Cultural Studies Minor -
Course Catalog Minor Requirements Global Cultures and Languages Minor -
Course Catalog Minor Requirements Italian Cultural Studies Minor -
Course Catalog Minor RequirementsLiterature Minor -
Course Catalog Minor Requirements Spanish Minor -
Course Catalog Minor Requirements Spanish Minor for Health Sciences -
Course Catalog Minor Requirements Spanish Minor for Law Enforcement -
Course Catalog Minor Requirements World Languages Minor -
Course Catalog Minor Requirements Creative Writing Minor -
Course Catalog Minor Requirements Professional Writing Minor -
Course Catalog Minor Requirements Writing Minor
English, Media Studies Concentration, B.A. -
Course Catalog Major Requirements English, Secondary Education Concentration, B.A. -
Course Catalog Major Requirements English, Secondary Special Education Concentration, B.A. -
Course Catalog Major Requirements Spanish, Secondary Education Concentration, B.A. -
Course Catalog Major Requirements Spanish, Secondary Special Education Concentration, B.A. -
Course Catalog Major Requirements
English majors benefit from individualized student-teacher
mentorship for research and graduate studies. Over 50% of our majors pursue
graduate degrees. The department offers a variety of grants, work-study
opportunities, and generous student research support, as well as academic
enhancement through conference presentations and attendance, Literary Club, and
study abroad. The Writing Center offers both excellent writing support, with
opportunities for hands-on tutoring experience and research. The department
also organizes reading events, sponsors the literary journal Tapestries,
and endorses other campus-wide publications, such as Visions, the university’s magazine
for high school writing.
From clubs to campus publications, students have various
opportunities to gain real-world experience and add to their resumes. Here are
just a few of the offerings for our majors and minors:
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Ten students volunteered with MOM-n-PA, the Pennsylvania Dental Mission of Mercy, held at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre.
English and Philosophy double major, Shayna Boisvert, will be presenting at the National Popular Cultural Association Convention held in Washington, DC, this spring and is also seeking publication for a novel she wrote.
The Saint Francis University theatre community lost one of its brightest stars in Anne Crusan ’73 when she recently passed away on August 26, 2018.
Through a partnership with The Indiana NAACP, and WIN Committee, along with American Association of University Women of Indiana County, the Project GetSTEAM initiative intends to introduce and excite girls ages 8-15 years old about opportunities within the STEAM field.
From a young age, Jack Weidner always thought that he wanted to be a doctor, but he also had a passion for writing and the arts.
Read how Jack combined his passions
Assistant Professor of English, Dr. Roxana Cazan, along with some colleagues, truly valued meeting up with SFU alumnus, successful business leader, and generous benefactor, Mr. Bill Adamucci during a recent trip to Seattle, WA.
Learn more about their incredible trip
Saint Francis University’s Literature & Languages Department sponsored its second annual writing contest for local high school students. Students submitted their short fiction, poetry, essays, and personal narratives for the contest.
Dr. Jason Hicks, Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Graduate Education program and Principal at the Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center, completed his doctorate degree.
Read more on Dr. Hicks
The hoop house closed its first semester with a successful harvest, producing over 100 pounds of cold-season crops. The greens were used by Torvian Dining Hall, providing farm-to-table food options for the university.
Learn more about the Hoop House
Instructor and Chair of the Fine Arts Department releases a new album. Learn how the music came together and how you can experience the new songs.
Read the Interview
Dr. Brian Toth, Adjunct Assistant Professor in Graduate Education and Superintendent of St. Mary's School District, was elected as one of five Pennsylvania superintendents to serve on the American Association of School Administrators Governing Board. Dr. Toth has also been nominated to be considered for the 2018 John C. Maxwell Transformational Leadership Award.
Learn how a desire to learn something new and a passion for trains helped Brandon discover his creative side and “think outside the box…car.”
Read Brandon's Story
Cecelia MacDonald started taking classes at Saint Francis University when she was just 13 years old. Nine years later at the age of 22, she sits at her desk in a midtown Manhattan high rise, looking out a roomful of floor-to-ceiling windows at a sea of skyscrapers.
Read her incredible story
From SFU to NYC: Cecelia MacDonald
The Environmental Studies program plans to use the hoop house as an ongoing teaching tool for students and a healthy food source for the university.
More about the Hoop House
Dr. Roxana Cazan, assistant professor of English, has been published multiple times. Her latest book, The Accident of Birth, shines light on the plight of refugees in the Middle East through the eyes of a naturalized American citizen.
the inspiration behind the book
Hundreds of students and faculty gathered to hear SFU mom Jan Scheuermann's Endowment Series lecture.
Read Jan's incredible story
Armed with tenacity and an entrepreneurial spirit, Kathi Landreth Leiden ’86 is soaring high as the founder and president of Zephyr, the leading national helium supplier.
We caught up
with Christie Olek, B.A. in History 2015, to see what she’s been up since
graduating from Saint Francis University.
Cody Turnbaugh's determination to shed a light
on a Civil War solider led to a research trip to the National Archives.
Aimed toward middle school
readers, the story centers on two brothers separated by age and distance who,
in the wake of a family tragedy, attempt to reconnect through the game of
Read about Craig's first novel
From interning with Fox News Radio and attending parties with delegates to participating in protests, Amanda Schiavo and Harry Olafsen gained a wealth of experience to guide their futures as they interned at the National Conventions.
Read about their internships
The move-in dust has settled, and our students are getting down to business with the first week of classes already under their belts!
Check out statistics, video links, photo galleries and more
The Spring/Summer 2016 issue of the Saint Francis University Magazine has hit the shelves (and is in the mail)!
Catch up on all the latest stories in this issue
Elisha Fleig, Class of 2013, shares how her double major in Physician Assistant Science and Spanish prepared her to land her dream job as a PA-C at the Cleveland Clinic Bone Marrow Transplant Unit.
Read Elisha's story
Kimberly Elter, a recent graduate and current intern at the Blair County Chamber of Commerce, was featured in the July issue of Blair Business Mirror.
Read more about Kimberly's internship
English major Tara Fritz describes herself as a strong feminist, standing up for women and all other marginalized people. Her dedication to social justice is reflected in her academics, extra-curriculars and creative writing, and she got an award to prove it.
Read her story
Tori Martin, a fourth-year Master of Occupational Therapy student, is interning on Capitol Hill. The first Occupational Therapy student to intern on Capitol Hill through the Ann Eppard Scholarship, Tori is finding a voice among the people who make decisions about
healthcare in the U.S.
How did Tori get on the Hill?
Matthew Fraley (Digital Media/Marketing major) has been selected to take part in the Knights Pilgrimage to Krakow and World Youth Day 2016. Congratulations!
Learn more about the trip.
Known affectionately by her classmates as a "hippie" and by her professors for wearing t-shirts bearing the names of bands they have actually heard of, Madeline’s quietly analytical presence has contributed greatly to every history class she has taken at Saint Francis.
Read about her successes
Garrett knew he wanted to design some kind of senior capstone project that would help him be the best high school history teacher he could be. Hoping to connect students with the past, he created a lesson plan that would incorporate local community members’ involvement in World War II.
Learn about his project
Combining his passions for studying war and gender studies, Harry has investigated individual women’s lives during the American Civil War in order to make arguments about the “domestic war” within homes.
Read about his research
While conducting research as a history major at Saint Francis, Nick's personal commitment to his own faith, as well as current events left him questioning the tolerance of one particular faith -- Islam.
Entering Saint Francis University as a middle childhood education major, Beth Wheeler never even dreamed about studying abroad, but one little bite from the travel bug and her life changed forever.
Follow on Beth's journey
Eight-year-old Dallas Mosier wants to be a forensic scientist when she grows up. Fast forward 14 years, and you will find her still in full pursuit of her dreams.
Alumni Profile Dallas Mosier
Senior strategic communications major and pre-law minor Amanda Schiavo presented research at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). Her study explored three major news outlets, revealing that post-debate media coverage of the candidates’ debate statements is not reflective of their statements.
Read more about Amanda's research
Tim Fish merged his love of education and technology into a career that has including everything from co-authoring a book on technology leadership to helping his district raise money through a platform designed to evaluate teachers now used in more than 100 districts.
Read Tim's story
Danielle MacMurtrie, a newly minted Doctor of Physical Therapy, finished off her final years at Saint Francis University creating an anatomy painting series for the School of Health Sciences.
Senior Aaron Kirsch, the first student in the new Fermentation Arts program at Saint Francis University, learned to be the person behind that flavor and texture as he gained hands-on experiences through an internship with Draai Laag in the summer of 2015.
Read more about Aaron's internship
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