Program Facts

  • GU Political Science Facts

    • Gannon’s Model United Nations for high school students is the second-oldest continuing program of its kind in the nation. Gannon students play major leadership roles in the administration and delivery of this model assembly, which attracts nearly 500 students from the tri-state region and Canada each year.
    • Gannon’s political science department offers a five-year program that enables a student to earn a bachelor of arts in political science and a master of arts in public administration.
    • Gannon is one of the few universities in the country to offer a leadership minor. Students have been exposed to nationally known speakers such as futurist Joel Barker, CNN’s Major General Perry Smith, Dr. Roger Firestien and Dr. Tom Murawski.
    • Gannon provides students with exposure to an array of impressive speakers, including former Pennsylvania Governor and first ever Director of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, bringing the real world of government, policy making and leadership into the classroom.
    • Gannon students have opportunities to secure internships at a variety of government agencies in Washington, D.C., through Gannon’s affiliation with the Washington Center. Many students also choose to participate in internships in state and local government offices in Erie.

    About the Program

    • Each year a qualified Gannon student has the opportunity to serve as a student fellow at the prestigious Center for the Study of the Presidency in Washington, D.C.
    • Political science works very well as a dual major with disciplines such as history, foreign languages or international studies. Many students also choose to minor in legal studies or leadership or participate in Gannon’s R.O.T.C. Program.
    • Recently, our faculty have delivered conference papers at the London School of Economics, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Toronto. Two of our faculty also received the Student Government Association’s Excellence in Teaching Award.