Chair: Dr. Brennan Thomas
The English major cultivates your ability to express ideas in clear, persuasive language through the study of composition, literature, and digital media. Never more relevant than it is today, literature puts you in touch with the world’s most perceptive and discriminating minds, offering insights into timeless human ideas, anxieties, and desires. You will develop strong critical thinking and analytical skills that are highly sought after by employers and graduate schools.
You will explore British, American, and World literatures through lively classroom discussions with dynamic faculty. You can work with a faculty member on your research interests and present at conferences or in print, publish your creative writing in our literary magazine, or learn tutoring in the campus writing center.
Graduates in English pursue a wide range of careers, including law, medicine, political science, teaching, digital humanities, editing, and publishing.
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, and the Modern Language Association of America.
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 in Costa Rica. 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.
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. They aim at providing life enrichment through a liberal arts curriculum. The curricular objectives of the Department are consistent with those of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, and the Modern Language Association of America.
A major or minor in Spanish with an emphasis in literature or culture are offered through a variety of courses taken at Saint Francis University and an approved study abroad program. Study abroad is required to complete the Spanish language major or minor.
Students in the health sciences majors may earn a minor in Spanish with an emphasis on communication with Spanish-speaking patients and their families. They will learn how to explain and discuss complicated medical procedures and diseases, using the appropriate medical terminology and vocabulary. SPAN 203 and SPAN 303 will be taken at Saint Francis University. Either study abroad in Costa Rica or medical interpreting in the Dominican Republic with Hugs United is required.
Students pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice may earn a minor in Spanish with an emphasis on communication with Spanish-speaking victims, perpetrators, or witnesses of accidents or criminal acts, using the appropriate law enforcement terminology and vocabulary, in order to write incident reports and/ or assist in interrogations for crime solving. SPAN 204 is required and will be taken at Saint Francis University. Study abroad is required.
The study of Spanish can also be incorporated into a program leading to elementary and secondary teaching certification. For teaching certification, consult the program requirements under Education . Other employment opportunities are provided upon request by the departmental advisors and the Office of Career Services.
Program Coordinator: Dr. Margaret Morales
The program in Languages and Cultures offers majors and minors in Spanish and a minor in French and American Sign Language (ASL). Students interested in those programs of study should consult the appropriate sections of this catalog.
The department offers instruction in other languages, including Italian, Latin, and German. Two additional Languages and Cultures minors are World Languages and Global Cultures and Languages.
Saint Francis University may award academic credit for course work completed at an accredited institution in any human language as long as the course content and goals are similar to those specified at Saint Francis for French and Spanish. Approval of transfer credit by currently enrolled students must be obtained in advance from the coordinator of Languages and Cultures.
The curricular objectives of the department are consistent with those of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign languages and the Modern Language Association of America.