Foreign Language and International Studies

  • Program Overview

    International Studies/Government Option

    In an increasingly complex world, learning about the ways in which other nations live, think and conduct their affairs is of the greatest importance. In recognition of this fact, this program option is offered jointly by the Department of Foreign Languages and the Department of Political Science. Thorough study of one modern language is combined with courses in political science, geography, history, economics and the appropriate area studies. A working knowledge of a second foreign language may be acquired through electives. Internships on the state and federal level are available and recommended, as is study abroad. This program provides excellent preparation for entry level positions in government service, as well as for graduate studies in political science, international relations, intercultural/global studies and law. 

    International Studies/Business Option

    In recognition of the ever increasing interdependence of the economies of the nations of the world, and of the vital role of cross-cultural understanding in managing international cooperation, this program is offered in conjunction with the School of Business. The program prescribes competency in one or two modern languages including orientation in the culture of the regions where these languages are spoken and in the ways they conduct their business affairs. Internships are recommended and provide practical experience. Study abroad is also recommended. This program provides excellent preparation for entry level positions in companies doing business internationally, in government service and international agencies, and for graduate studies in business as well as public and international affairs.

    Program Options

    • Bachelor of Arts (Business Option)
    • Bachelor of Arts (Government Option)
    • Foreign Language Minor (French, German or Spanish)

    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.