The study of foreign languages is an important element of an education in the liberal arts, vital today for any student who seeks fruitful interaction in a rapidly evolving and interconnected global culture, but especially for the student educated in the Catholic and Franciscan tradition. Foreign language study is an important discipline for refining one’s communication skills, improving clarity of thought and expression, and enhancing the knowledge and use of one’s native language. It fosters the mental flexibility required in an ever-changing workplace environment. Learning a second language expands one’s cultural awareness and lessens dependence on stereotypical expressions and formulaic rea- soning. Knowing a foreign language deepens an education in the humanities, rendering more vivid the student’s knowledge of history, geography, philosophy, literature, and the fine arts. Above all, the acquisition of a second language engages the individual on the path of responsible citizenship in the world community, encouraging foreign travel and exploration of foreign cultures, essential elements of a truly liberating education.
Savannah Luebking majored in Spanish and catechetics with the hope to one day work in parish ministry in her home state of Colorado, which has many parishes with large Hispanic… read more
Good news is worth sharing—even when it’s midnight in Europe. That’s why Anna Sattler ’14 didn’t hesitate to wake up her parents who live in Vicenze, Italy, where her father… read more
United States Air Force Captain Anne Delmare ’08 didn’t arrive as a student on Franciscan’s campus until her sophomore year. That’s because she spent her freshman year taking classes 4,000… read more
How do you blend business and travel with furthering respect for the dignity of the human person? Franciscan graduate Emily Ortiz has found a way to do just that. Emily… read more
Her mother’s side of her family hails from Canada, so Jessica Lennon ’13 grew up hearing a lot of French.“French has been part of my life for my whole life,”… read more