International Studies

  • GU Possibilities
    • The number of students who have declared a major in international studies has more than doubled in Fall 2016 alone and remains very popular.
    • One international studies major completed a semester abroad in France last spring and two other students are in Peru this semester.
    • International studies has two scholarships now available to students, the Lamb International Studies and Johnson/Gabriel Scholarships awarded to international studies majors and minors for study abroad. 
    • A graduate completed a semester abroad in Rome and an internship at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. and has been accepted into Masters in International Studies programs at premier institutions such as John Hopkins and George Washington Universities. 
    • In 2014, an international studies minor was awarded a study abroad scholarship to study at Oxford University in England. 
    • Another graduate completed an internship in a Paris law firm and has pursued graduate education in law.  

    You Will Learn

    Based in the liberal arts traditions, international studies is an interdisciplinary major that complements the existing political science, history, international business, international management, and foreign language and cultures programs. International studies draws its courses from these programs 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. Logically, international studies requires both study abroad and foreign languages. 

    You Will Experience

    International studies students are encouraged to complement their academic curriculum with the experiential learning provided by an internship or study abroad. Study abroad is required for an international studies major. Study abroad opportunities include Alternative Break Service Trips, faculty-led trips, learning abroad (service-learning opportunities) and semester abroad programs.

    Some of the recent highlights have included trips to: Australia, China, England, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Spain and Thailand, among others.  

    Additionally, students can earn academic credit toward their major through the completion of an internship. Internship opportunities available locally and abroad include: foreign service; government departments and agencies; law offices; local, national and international businesses; and nonprofit 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 business  
    • international communication and media  
    • international organizations  
    • international law  
    • journalism  
    • language services  
    • nonprofit organizations  
    • professional associations  

    You will Study

    International studies majors take various core and elective courses including:

    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. 

    POLI 345: Globalization and World Politics

    This course explores the global contours of economic, political, technological, security, cultural, migration, language and environmental aspects of globalization. It will also look at the history of globalization by tracing the flows of commodities, people and ideas across geographic and ideological boundaries.

    HIST 302: Becoming Human - Becoming the World: World History I 

    This course studies cultural continuity and change by concentrating on the most important turning points and developments in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas.

    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 field vary depending on the location and type of organization. Some of the common areas that international studies lends itself to are:

    • business: $44,900-$74,500
    • international and comparative politics: $40,300-$85,600 
    • ​international relations: $44,300-$82,100 
    • linguistics: $42,800-$74,600 
    • marketing and international business: $45,000-$85,400
    • politics: $45,000-$83,100
    • project management: $52,400-$86,500 

    All salary information is compiled from data gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics ( and/or PayScale (