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  Dec 18, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog

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American Studies

Co-coordinators: Dr. Robin L. Cadwallader and Dr. Denise Holladay Damico

This interdisciplinary program approaches American culture from many directions in order to view America as a whole rather than from the perspective of a single discipline. Required and elective courses represent a wide spectrum of academic disciplines that address such critical topics as American philosophical thought and religious institutions, social and economic structures, artistic and literary expression, various facets of American history, and the American political system and legal tradition. This interdisciplinary perspective allows students to pursue a variety of options, including graduate studies in History, Literature, Politics, or related fields; law school or similar pursuits; and careers in sectors including government, private, and non-profit.

 


International Business/Modern Language

Coordinator: Dr. Margaret Morales

The programs in Languages and Cultures have as their mission to educate each student to become a productive worker, a responsible citizen, and a cultured member of society. This mission is reflected in the descriptions of the department's major programs given below which aim at providing life enrichment through a liberal arts curriculum and life skills through professional experiences to all its students. The curricular objectives of the program are consistent with those of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, the Modern Language Association of America, the several American associations of teachers of foreign language.

The interdisciplinary major in International Business/Modern Language, with options for either French or Spanish, is offered in conjunction with the Business Administration Department. French language courses are taken at Saint Francis University and at its program in Ambialet, France; Spanish language courses are taken at Saint Francis and at its program at Costa Rica or another approved study abroad. Study abroad is required to complete the International Business/Modern Language program.

The graduate competent in business and a foreign language has a clear edge in the domestic and international job markets. Opportunities for graduates with a language and business competence have increased significantly in recent years and are projected to do so well into the future. Personnel are sought by national and local governments, hospitals, multinational corporations, social agencies, libraries, museums, airlines, and travel agencies. Further information can be provided upon request by the departmental advisors and the Office of Career Counseling and Placement.


Pre-Law

Advisor: Dr. Joseph Melusky

Students interested in attending law school may elect a pre-law concentration. While this concentration is not mandatory for students preparing for a legal career, it does provide a unique preparation for law school. Enrolling in the Pre-Law Concentration ensures that interested students will receive appropriate advising as they prepare for a career in the legal profession. Students majoring in any field at Saint Francis University can enroll in the Pre-Law Concentration.

The Pre-Law concentration is available as a concentration to students majoring in Political Science, Public Administration/Government Service, History, and other subject areas.

All pre-law students will be expected to participate in extracurricular activities designated by the program advisor. To facilitate entry into the legal profession, students are encouraged to participate in the Pre-Law Club. The Club sponsors debates, films, guest speakers, Constitution Day and Law Day programming, and moot court exercises. At moot court, some students serve as attorneys arguing a hypothetical case before the "United States Supreme Court of Loretto" and others don judicial robes and serve as Justices. SFU pre-law students have also participated in moot court competitions sponsored by law schools. The Club also travels to law schools, law school admissions fairs, the National Constitution Center, and the U.S. Supreme Court. The SFU Center for the Study of Government and Law provides "mini grants" to help defray student expenses associated with LSAT preparations. Junior and senior students can also apply for an award from the Richard-Dorsey Muller Endowment. Successful applicants receive a stipend to assist with law school preparation and application expenses. Law-related internships are available to interested students as well.

Saint Francis University, in collaboration with Duquesne University School of Law, offers a highly competitive early admission program for pre-law students. This partnership provides special academic opportunities for qualified students to earn both an undergraduate degree and a law degree in just six years rather than seven.

Dr. Joseph Melusky, professor of political science, director of the SFU Center for the Study of Government and Law, and a member of the Northeast Association of Pre-Law Advisors, serves as pre-law advisor and faculty moderator for the Pre-Law Club.

Pre-Law Courses Required

Students interested in attending law school may elect an interdisciplinary pre-law concentration. While this concentration is not mandatory for students preparing for a legal career, it does provide a unique preparation for law school. Enrolling in the pre-law concentration ensures that interested students will receive appropriate advising as they prepare for a career in the legal profession. Students majoring in any field at Saint Francis University may enroll in the pre-law concentration.

All pre-law students are expected to participate in extracurricular activities designated by the program advisor. To facilitate entry into the legal profession, students are encouraged to participate in the Pre-Law Club. The Club sponsors National Constitution Day activities, debates, films, guest speakers, a "law day" programming, and moot court exercises (in which Constitutional Law or Civil Rights and Civil Liberties students serve as members of a "mock" Supreme Court).

Pre-Law Concentration
Required Pre-Law Courses

  • Business Law 301
  • Political Science 301, 305
  • Core Requirements: 15 credits (all of which fulfill general education requirements) including Political Science 102; English 103; Economics 101 or Psychology 101 or Soc 102 or 104; History 101 or 102 or 103 or 104; Mathematics 101 or 111.

Pre-Law Electives:
Nine credits (some of which may fill major or minor requirements) chosen from courses including the following: Speech 103, Philosophy 311, 307, 309, 312, 313, 410, 308 (cross listed as Religious Studies 308), Political Science 313, 398/399 Internship (no more than 3 credits applicable to minimum requirements for pre-law concentration), Accounting 101, 102, Business Law 302, Psychology 304, Sociology 204, 306, 325, 330, 335, 337, 340, English 208, Communications 401, History 202, 210, 262, 331, 332, 422, 440.

Saint Francis University, in collaboration with Duquesne University School of Law, offers a highly competitive early admission program for pre-law students. This partnership provides special academic opportunities for qualified students to earn both an undergraduate degree and a law degree in six years rather than seven. The program is designed to save qualified students time and money by enabling them to move on to law school following their junior year.

Pre-Law Early Admission Program with Duquesne University School of Law

Duquesne University School of Law agrees to accept all candidates from Saint Francis University provided that they meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • A cumulative grade point average of approximately 3.5 for three years at Saint Francis University (at least 96 credit hours)
  • Completion of all undergraduate major field and general education requirements at Saint Francis University
  • A minimum LSAT score in the 60th percentile on the present LSAT. The student will take the LSAT in the winter of the third year at Saint Francis University. However, by request, a student may defer taking the LSAT until the spring of the third year.
  • Recommendation by a selection committee appointed by the Provost of Saint Francis University and the Dean of Admissions of Duquesne University School of Law.
  • All candidates for this program must, upon application, schedule an interview with the Dean of Admissions of Duquesne University School of Law. This interview should be scheduled after the student has taken the LSAT, but the results of the LSAT need not be available to the Law School at the time of the interview.

Each student in this early admission program will be awarded a Bachelor's Degree by Saint Francis University after successful completion of the first year of the Day Division program or the first three semesters of the Evening Division program at Duquesne University School of Law. If the student does not successfully complete the first year program at Duquesne University School of Law, the student will have to complete additional undergraduate credit hours (totaling 128 credit hours minimum) to obtain a Bachelor's Degree from Saint Francis University.

Through this program, pre-law students at Saint Francis University can get an early start on their law degrees. The program provides a combination of liberal and professional education well suited to those desiring to enter the field of law.
The pre-law concentration is designed to accompany any major. The total number of credits required to complete the concentration and the major varies with the major. For some majors, there is considerable overlap between the concentration and the major. For example, students can reasonably expect to complete the political science/pre-law major within three years, making the Duquesne University School of Law early admission program an attractive alternative. Majors in History, philosophy, sociology, and others also would be feasible.

For other majors, there is less overlap. As such, it would be extremely difficult or impossible for students in certain majors to fulfill all General Education, major, and pre-law concentration requirements in three years. Students who are interested in this program should plan carefully and discuss their plans with their advisors and with Dr. Melusky.


Social Responsibility

Program Directors: Dr. Robin L. Cadwallader and Dr. Sara King

The Social Responsibility Minor is an interdisciplinary course of study aimed at helping students consider, from both theoretical and experiential perspectives, the nature and responsibilities of democratic citizenship in our time. The Social Responsibility Minor is inspired by the Goals of Franciscan Higher Education and the Goals of the General Education Program, which call for reverence for all life, a global vision, respect and tolerance for all persons, an appreciation for diversity, stewardship of the world's resources, and service to the poor and needy.

In the course of studies students will engage questions such as the following: What does citizenship mean now? What ought it mean? How does it relate to various perspectives on justice? community? diversity? What are the ideals to which democratic citizens are called? What are essential values for responsible citizenship? In what ways can people make a positive difference in their world? What are the skills needed to be a socially responsible citizen? In what ways might conscientious objection or civil disobedience be expressions of social responsibility?

The Minor may have either a national (United States) or international focus. Consistent with the goals of General Education at Saint Francis, not only familiarity with key knowledge bases, but also the development of relevant skills, and the examination of values-related questions are integral to this course of study.

Skills Components in the Social Responsibility Minor:
Communications (verbal, written, technology-related, media), organizational and leadership skills, political skills, intellectual skills (critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, socio-critical analysis).

Key knowledge bases:
Investigations of modern social, environmental, and technological problems, historical precedents, and key social and political institutions which contribute to the development of problems and possible resolutions.

Examination of values-related questions of social responsibility:
Opportunities to evaluate critically-dominant cultural values, as well as awareness of alternative value systems; the study of values in the context of social and political questions; and the study of means by which social and political groups achieve compromise and resolution in the context of varying systems of belief.


Women's Studies

Program Director: Dr. Robin L. Cadwallder

Women's Studies, an interdisciplinary academic field concerned with social justice for all people, emphasizes hands-on activities and grassroots activism.  In a Women's Studies program, students seek to identify, understand, and address various forms of oppression, with women's issues being the focal point of the learning environment. The Saint Francis University Women's Studies program offers students three options: major, minor, and post-secondary certificate.

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