I’m sorry about the confusion, but let me clarify my points a little more. I didn’t teach myself Latin, I took advantage of the courses offered because I knew it would be the best fit for my future goals.
I have never knocked Notre Dame about the amount of masses, confessions, ect. . .in any of my previous posts. If someone chooses to go to Notre Dame, that is 100% fine! I just don’t like to see Franciscan being put down as not academically rigorous because their M.A. program does not require a foreign language. I definitely think the language proficiencies are VERY important if you would like to go one. I realize that. But if you look at many doctoral programs you need the language proficiencies done by the time you receive your Ph.D, they do not necessarily have to be completed by the time you finish your M.A. In fact I have to take another German class to make sure my modern language proficiency is met, but does that make my M.A program any less rigorous? I do not believe so. If someone’s sole criteria for judging academic rigorousness is the language requirement, I think you should reach beyond just one way of evaluating a college as “good” or not.
No, Franciscan is not Harvard, MIT, or any other big name school. I think their intent in the college is to graduate some of the truest Catholics in the United States. And those people can be mothers, teachers, lawyers, scientists, and Ph.D’s. I think this guide is looking at something a little different than academic rigorousness. The student NEEDS to take ownership in whether they believe a college or program will offer them the best chance for future success.
What does it mean to be academic rigious anyway? Does it mean to have requirement after requirement, or does it mean to have requirements, and make those requirements count? If someone is looking for graduate schools they should look around, tour them, and talk to the professors there. Graduate school should be picked out of many criteria not just one, and as I have stated before Francsican offers all of the languages one would need to go on, and it is up to the STUDENT to take them based on what they would like to do with their degree.
Just because one chooses Notre Dame over Franciscan does not ensure that they will have automatic success in their future. Once again ownership needs to be taken in , education. My husband went to one of the top undergraduate programs in the country for engineering, and there were many students who thought the name on their diploma would get them the job, so they just skated by. And that didn’t work so well for many of them. I am not convinced that the name on your diploma matters so much, as what you do with it or how you apply yourself when you are there.