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World Languages

  • Why World Languages at SFU?

    At St. Francis University, world languages are considered the cornerstone to expanding one’s cultural horizons and accumulating knowledge to excel in any profession. The world language department has grown over the years to meet the needs of students as they step out into the professional world. Many degrees, classes, and study abroad opportunities are available, presenting students with an abundance of life-changing opportunities. Our World Languages and Global Culture Minors enable you to broaden your cultural knowledge and practice your study in more than one language. Choose from among American Sign Language (ASL), French, German, Italian, Latin, Spanish, or another Language (taken at another university or from an accredited study abroad program, or through the CLEP exam.)

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    Inter-curricular study

    A minor in International Business requires 3 semesters of World Languages including Italian or German.

    What advantages do Italian classes offer?

    • Italy is one of the top five economies in the world, and many employers are seeking people who speak both Italian and English
    • Learning Italian can help you further your career in business, government, politics, public relations & the military
    • Italy is the 7th largest economy in the world and is a major political force in Europe
    • Six of the 100 biggest global companies have their headquarters in Italy
    • Italy is the world’s fifth largest producer of industrial goods.
    • More than 1,000 firms have offices in Italy, including IBM, General Electric & Motorola
    • Broaden your horizons!!
    • Make yourself more marketable and get a Minor in International Business!!!

    What advantages do German classes offer?

    • German is the most widely spoken language in Europe
    • Learning German is NOT as hard as you think because modern German and modern English both evolved from the common Germanic ancestor language
    • Learning German can expand your knowledge of U.S. history and culture. German immigrants have founded multiple breweries, created Levi Jeans, invented ketchup, and created Hershey’s chocolate
    • Germany has the 3rd strongest economy in the world and is the #1 export nation
    • Knowing German creates business opportunities
    • 4 of the world’s 10 most innovative companies are located in Germany
    • You’ll have an advantage getting a JOB because German companies employ 700,000 people in the U.S. and most surveyed companies in the U.S. would choose someone with German literacy over an equally qualified candidate!!
    • Make yourself more marketable and get a Minor in International Business!!!