International Studies

    • A current international studies major has completed a semester abroad in Rome and is also doing an internship at the U.S. Department of State in Washington D.C.
    • A recent graduate completed an internship through the Global Experiences program in a Paris law firm, and after graduation has pursued graduate education in the law.
    • The number of students who have declared a minor in international studies doubled in 2012 and tripled in 2013.

    You Will Learn

    Based in the liberal arts traditions, international studies is an interdisciplinary major that draws its courses from the political science, foreign language, history, and international business programs (and many others) in order to form a coherent whole with an international focus. Students will acquire a broad multidisciplinary education while enhancing their overall sense of global awareness. With this well-balanced curriculum, the major provides opportunities for students to concentrate on a particular country or region of the world. International studies complements the existing international business major and the foreign language international business major. Its emphasis will be on social, cultural and international relations which can be applied not only to business and governments but other institutions as well.

    You Will Experience

    International studies students are encouraged to complement their academic curriculum with the experiential learning provided by an internship. Students can earn academic credit towards their major through the completion of an internship. There are numerous internship opportunities available locally and abroad including:

    • foreign service
    • government departments and agencies
    • law offices
    • local, national and international businesses
    • non-profit organizations

    You Will Achieve

    An international studies degree offers a wide range of career opportunities. Such opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • academia
    • education
    • foreign service
    • government departments and agencies
    • international organizations
    • international business
    • international communication and media
    • international law
    • journalism
    • language services
    • non-profit organizations
    • professional associations 

    You will Study

    International studies allows students to study a wide range of courses including foreign language, such as Spanish, French, German, Latin, Arabic and Chinese, business, history, international business and political science courses. International studies majors take various core and elective courses including:

    POLI 133: Introduction to International Relations

    This course introduces students to the nature of international relations, and focuses on the role of the state and international institutions, the role of ideology and culture in international affairs, and the nature of the world economy and the process of globalization.

    POLI 342: United Nations Practicum

    This course covers the history, goals, principles, rules, procedures and other institutions of the United Nations organization. Participation in Gannon's Model U.N.
    for high school students is required, and provides opportunities for experiential learning.

    IBUS 499: Special Topics in International Business

    This course covers a comprehensive study of a special topic, such as a particular country, or multiple special topics in international business. 

    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: $41,700
    • Mid-career salary: $85,700

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