Foreign Language and Literature

    • Foreign language students have participated in study abroad opportunities in Spain, France, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama and Chile.
    • Graduates are working for the United States Departments of Education and State, Alfred University, Avila University andas teachers of English in Beijing. They have also found positions in various non-profit and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
    • Graduates have continued their academic careers at the University of Pittsburgh, University of Arizona, University of Cincinnati, and Kent State University, among other

    You Will Learn

    If you are interested in learning different languages, applying linguistic expertise in business or politics or learning about diverse cultures that exist in our world, Gannon's foreign language program can help you explore the possibilities and build a career that fits your interests. The foreign language program is designed to develop an insider's view of another culture. Students also develop a new way of looking at their own culture and language. They recognize that learning a language is not an isolated activity but is very much interrelated with other fields of study. Knowledge of a foreign language complements most majors and opens doors to a great variety of jobs. Students fluent in foreign languages possess a distinctive skill that distinguishes them from other candidates in the job market. Foreign language students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of study abroad opportunities. They may select a summer, a semester or a full-academic year program abroad. Study abroad opportunities benefit students not only professionally but also personally. They offer students the possibility to experience and embrace cultural diversity and begin to perceive the world around them in a new light.

    You Will Experience

    Students have the opportunity to enroll in the United Nations Practicum course offered by the Department of Political Science, participate in the Gannon University Model U.N. Club, and take part in the yearly Model U.N. Conference. In addition, students have the unique opportunity to choose from three different career tracks: foreign language and literature, foreign language and government and foreign language and business. Internships within these career tracks include:

    • Erie's Multicultural Community Resource Center
    • Logistics Plus, an international logistics company
    • The Washington Center

    You Will Achieve

    Graduates of the foreign language program have found jobs in a variety of fields. Such opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • academia
    • banking
    • civil service
    • customs
    • foreign service
    • imports/exports
    • international business
    • market research
    • translation/interpretation

    You will Study

    The foreign language program offers courses in various languages including French, German, Spanish, Latin, Chinese, Greek and Hebrew, with majors in French and Spanish. Foreign language majors take various core and elective courses including:

    SPAN 235: Spanish for Medical Personnel

    This course introduces students to basic skills for effective medical communication with Spanish-speaking clientele. The core of the class focuses on developing and practicing vocabulary related to clinical encounters with Hispanic patients along with a better understanding of the Hispanic culture and the Hispanic patient.

    MDFL 280: The Cultures of Mesoamerica

    This course is a survey of the indigenous cultures of Mesoamerica-Mexico and Central America-before and after the Encounter. It aims to show the continuity of Indian cultures, their cultural and political struggles and it will also focus on the worldviews shared by many of the native groups and their contributions.

    GRMN 396-397: Study Abroad

    Through this course, students can receive credit awarded for participation in classes and activities taught in German and arranged abroad by the University, either for a semester or in the summer.

    Liberal Studies Core

    The Liberal Studies Core Curriculum is one reflection of Gannon University's commitment to its Catholic identity. The Core's design offers students a defined, integrated, shared experience as the foundation for their undergraduate program.

    You Will Earn

    Salaries in the industry vary depending on the location and type of organization.

    • Starting salary: $40,900
    • Mid-career salary: $66,700

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