The Modern and Classical Language Department is sponsoring a Summer Trip to Southern Italy in June of 2018.
This educational trip will provide travelers with a cultural, artistic and linguistic immersion when visiting Rome and traveling throughout Sicily with overnights stays in the cities of Taormina, Syracuse, Agrigento and Palermo. The travel route includes visiting sites and monuments of Classical Rome, a day visit to Vatican City, which will include a Papal Audience. In Sicily, we will enjoy spending time in the Greek Amphitheater near Taormina and ascending to Mount Etna. Other highlights of this trip include visits to the cathedral of Piazza Armerina, the Valley of the Temples, the Palatine Chapel of the Norman Palace in Palermo. Also, visits to monuments and sites in Selinunte, Monreale, Cefalu, Segesta, Erice and more.
Studying a second language provides the cognitive and intellectual preparation necessary to succeed in the academic and social environment the St. Francis graduate will encounter. Learning a second language allows her to gain an understanding of languages other than English, as well as of the peoples who communicate in French, Italian, Latin and Spanish and their cultural products.
Faculty members teaching in the Modern and Classical Languages Department are native speakers and/or have lived extensively in countries where the language is spoken. Although the graduation requirement for St. Francis is two years, most students complete 3 or 4 years of one language and many take more than one language concurrently.