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Biology Professor Joseph Pathakamuri leads students in a lab experiment. Small class sizes and one-on-one mentorships are the norm at Franciscan University.
University brings Catholic worldview to law, health care
In a 25th anniversary report on Pope John Paul II's landmark document on Catholic education, "Ex corde Ecclesiae" ("On Catholic Universities"), the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops redoubled its conviction "that Catholic universities are essential to the growth and to the development of Christian culture and human progress."
The impact of properly formed Catholic graduates in all aspects of society — medicine and health care, education, law, public policy, to name a few — is incalculable. That is one reason why Franciscan University of Steubenville — known for its evangelistic Steubenville Youth Conferences, including one held July 28-30 in Hayward — regularly receives accolades from church leaders for integrating Catholic teachings and values into its academic and student life programs.
Speaking at the 2016 Baccalaureate Mass, Boston Cardinal Seán Patrick O'Malley, OFM Cap., praised Franciscan University for its alumni's work in the Church and thanked its current and former presidents for making it a "center of spirituality, catechesis, vocations, evangelization, community; a truly passionately Catholic university."
Located near Pittsburgh on a bluff overlooking the Ohio River, Franciscan University offers 40 majors and eight graduate programs, both on campus and online. Franciscan also recently began exciting partnerships with other Catholic universities with established programs in pharmacy, engineering and law.
The concept is simple. The students begin their college education at Franciscan University where they immerse themselves in the school's strongly Catholic core curriculum, excellent science and professional programs, and vibrant student and spiritual life activities. Then, after a successful two or three years at Franciscan, they are given preferred admission to partner universities that specialize in law, engineering or pharmacy.
Daniel Kempton, vice president for Academic Affairs, said, "At Franciscan, our students will not only take fundamental courses toward their professional degree, but the faithful Catholic theology and philosophy courses for which Franciscan is so well known."
Franciscan's Engineering Dual Degree Programs enable students to transfer to the University of Notre Dame School of Engineering, The Catholic University of America School of Engineering or Gannon University for degrees in chemical, civil, mechanical, aerospace, biomedical, electrical, computer, environmental or software engineering.
The Doctor of Pharmacy Program enables Franciscan students to obtain a doctor of pharmacy degree from D'Youville College School of Pharmacy in Buffalo, New York, or Duquesne University School of Pharmacy in Pittsburgh after beginning their studies at Franciscan.
Responding to the need for lawyers who are educated with a Catholic worldview, Franciscan University entered into partnerships with the Columbus School of Law of The Catholic University of America and with Ave Maria School of Law for an accelerated juris doctor program.
Instead of the traditional seven-year route to a law degree, qualified students will spend three years at Franciscan and three years in law school, saving on a full year of tuition costs.
"As society continues on a trajectory that ignores the Catholic understanding of natural law, there is a pressing need for lawyers who can integrate faith and reason into their professional life," said Franciscan University President Father Sean O. Sheridan. "Our core curriculum teaches students how to understand the human person from a Catholic perspective, giving an excellent foundation for any student seeking a career in the legal profession."
For more information on Franciscan University of Steubenville and its partnership programs in engineering, pharmacy and law, visit Franciscan.edu or contact the Admissions Office at email@example.com or 800-783-6220.
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