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School of Arts & Letters

In the School of Arts & Letters, we prepare your mind, heart and soul for the very real world.

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  • About Our Programs

    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. 

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    School Highlights
    • Students can earn A&L Student Research Grants to conduct research or to deliver research papers at local, regional and national conferences.
    • The Communications program features a state-of-the-art electronic media lab.
    • A managing editor of a literature journal and a renowned book reviewer call our Literature & Languages department home.
    • Enjoy or participate in Café Voltaire, Hand-drumming,World Drumming Ensemble, and theatre activities through the Fine Arts Department.
    • Pick up a second, third, or forth language. Choose from among Spanish, French, Italian,German, Latin, American Sign Language, or medical Spanish.
    • History and Political Science offer numerous internships, including the Washington Internship Center and Ann Eppard Congressional program.
    • Self-awareness, critical thinking, civic responsibility, and compassion are the heart of our sociology and criminal justice programs.
    • A majority of graduates from our Psychology program achieve acceptance to their top-choice graduate school.
    • With the Ethics Institute and Consortium for Education Resources on Islamic Studies, the Philosophy/Religious Studies Department emphasizes student community service and undergraduate research.
    • Our Education majors get hand-on teaching opportunities including our community Reading Clinic.
    • In addition to over 75 local and national internship sites, the Social Work Program is accredited by CSWE, so students who graduate with a BSW can enter MSW programs with advanced standing.


    Competitive Advantages

    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. 

    Fearless Research (Intrepid Grants)

    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.

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