In the School of Arts & Letters, we prepare your mind, heart and soul for the very real world.
It is tough to know where you are going, if you don't know where you have been. That's why the scripture says, "Know the rock from which you've been hewn." St. Francis put a high premium on the ability of the liberal arts to open the mind and heart-and to help one better understand their place in the world.
Employers and graduate schools want thoughtful, articulate and creative people who can adapt quickly in a changing marketplace. A liberal arts education provides that—just ask our A&L graduates, who have been successful in the professional, artistic, educational, legal, and corporate worlds.
More than 370 students major in disciplines within the
school, and they find plenty of opportunity to grow as scholars and
citizens. They are mentored by faculty members who are second to none.
The professors have studied and earned degrees at some of the finest
universities in China, Europe, Britain, Canada and the United States.
They have brought world-class training to Loretto. The faculty not only
create knowledge, but they teach knowledge and skills. Teaching is their
top priority. And they do it well. Peers and students have bestowed 33
teaching awards upon our faculty during the past two decades.
Intrepid is a financial grant program for undergraduate students in the School of Arts & Letters.
The three annual grant awards provide motivated and high achieving
students with an opportunity to fearlessly embrace their future by
designing, executing and completing a boldly original academic, creative
or service project. Ideally, the project will be interdisciplinary in
nature and exemplify one or more of the eight Goals of Franciscan Higher
Education at Saint Francis University. The project should be the apex
of the student’s undergraduate academic career.
Lean more about the Intrepid Program.
Dr. Timothy Whisler
Dean, School of Arts and Letters
E-mail Dr. Whisler
Phone: (814) 472-3050
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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