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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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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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