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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.

  • 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. 

    Available Programs

    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.


    Competative 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.

  • About the Saint Francis University School of Arts & Letters

    • Toni Martin_Ann Eppard 2016_Spotlight

      A view from the Hill

      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?

    • WYD spotlight

      Poland Bound: World Youth Day 2016

      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.

    • HIST Madeline Berry Student Story Spotlight

      Senior History Award Winner

      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

    • HIST Garrett Lucas Student Story Spotlight

      Teaching the Second World War

      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

    • HIST Harry Olafsen Student Story Spotlight

      “Real Housewives of the American Civil War”

      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

    • HIST Nick Astle Student Story Spotlight

      The Question of Religious Tolerance

      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. 

      Read about his research

    • Study Abroad Beth Wheeler Spotlight

      Going Global

      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

    • CHEM SOC_Dallas Mosier_spotlight

      On the (crime) scene

      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

    • COMM_SchiavoConference_SPOTLIGHT

      Information or Infotainment?

      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

      Riding the Ed Tech wave

      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 SPOTLIGHT 532 X532

      Marriage of Art & Health Sciences

      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.

      Read more

      SFU Spotlight

    • FERM_SpotlightImage_FirstInternship

      Brewing a Career

      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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