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Undecided Humanities

  • Undeclared
  • Erie, Pennsylvania
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  • GU Possibilities
    • Gannon strives to help its students develop a worldview. Students will have many avenues through which to expand their horizons such as: studying abroad in locations such as Germany, Poland, Ireland, Italy, Australia and more; participating in an archeological dig in Jordan; touring the world on two-week trips; and by joining an Alternative Spring Break Trip in which Gannon faculty and staff share in service opportunities with students.
    • Gannon offers over 70 undergraduate degree options to choose from in a variety of disciplines, from business and engineering to humanities, education, the sciences and health professions.
    • The undeclared program assists students in identifying personal interests and career objectives that will help determine a major. A four-year career plan is offered to every student, along with career assessments such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Strong Interest Inventory.
    • Nationally, between 30 and 40 percent of incoming freshmen are unsure of a major when they enter college. It is also estimated that 50-60 percent of students change their majors, and many do so more than once.

    You Will Learn

    The undeclared option allows students the ability to explore personal interests and major/career opportunities both one-on-one and in a group setting with an advisor. Undeclared students will initially be scheduled for a mix of liberal arts core classes and classes of interest, providing the time needed to explore possibilities and make an informed decision on a college major.

    Undeclared students will be encouraged to declare a major by the end of freshman year.

    Students interested in a major in the health sciences, education or engineering are advised to fully explore their eligibility for these majors prior to registering as an undeclared student.

    Undecided Humanities

    New additions bring energy and excitement to the humanities and social science programs at Gannon. 

    The School of Communication and the Arts brings related communications disciplines in advertising, communication arts, journalism and theatre together with Gannon’s radio station, 90.5 WERG, and the Schuster Arts Gallery, stimulating creative synergies.

    Criminal justice majors will simulate crimes, analyze DNA, practice interrogations and train on a firearms simulator in the new Forensic Investigation Center alongside students from majors as diverse as theatre, psychology and pre-law.

    Interdisciplinary work presents opportunities to interact with students from diverse disciplines to discover a meaningful educational path.

    You Will Experience

    Gannon’s location in downtown Erie, Pa. offers many opportunities to humanities and social science majors. Gannon’s close proximity to businesses, organizations, hospitals, law offices, clinics, government offices and more provides hundreds of internship opportunities. 

    You Will Achieve

    Students involved in humanities and social science programs can find careers in such areas as, but not limited to:


    • advertising account executive  
    • broadcast, cable or online news production  
    • computer forensic specialist  
    • corporate communication specialist  
    • crime scene investigator  
    • director of development  
    • foreign service  
    • government departments and agencies  
    • international development   
    • international diplomacy  


    You Will Earn

    Salary information for specific programs is available on each program page.

    You Will Study

    Example Course Descriptions

    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.