Gannon University Announces New School of Public Service & Global Affairs

Posted: December 21, 2017

Gannon University announced today the creation of the School of Public Service & Global Affairs that will house its newly launched Public Service & Global Affairs (PSGA) program along with seven existing undergraduate programs and two graduate programs.

The school within the University's College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences brings together the PSGA program and the undergraduate Foreign Languages and Cultures, History, Political Science, Legal Studies, Women's Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies programs together under one administrative umbrella. Two graduate programs, the Masters in Public Administration (MPA) and the Ph.D. program in Organizational Learning and Leadership (OLL) also will be housed in the school.

The School is designed to create a seamless educational experience, from bachelor's to terminal degree in the same field, said Linda Fleming, dean of the College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.

"Depending on the career you want you may be able to do what you want with an undergraduate degree. You may need a master's. You may need a doctorate. Here, you have all three options," Fleming said.

Housing the graduate programs in the school also creates opportunities to develop 4+1 programs with the Masters in Public Administration program and for collaboration between the MPA and the Organizational Learning and Leadership program in the future, Fleming said.

The creation of the school follows the addition earlier this month of a new Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Service & Global Affairs, to begin in fall 2018. The new program is an innovative response to the practical need to develop a humanities program that allows students to acquire real-world skills and expertise that prepares graduates for impactful careers.

PSGA majors acquire an understanding of a broad range of international topics, completing coursework in history, culture, language, politics, government, and world religions while simultaneously developing proficiency in a chosen foreign language. Students learn about career opportunities available in public service and the capabilities and limitations of public service in shaping domestic and global affairs. Students will receive financial support for internships in Washington, D.C., foreign travel, and research trips to major archives.

The program represents "hands-on, experiential education that prepares students for lucrative and viable careers in the fields of public service and global affairs," said Jeff Bloodworth, chair of the History Department.

"PSGA is the academic equivalent of walking and chewing gum at the same time," Bloodworth said. The School and the new program are evidence "that one can remain true to the university's liberal arts mission even as we offer a liberal arts degree that is career-focused. You can do both at the same time."

For more information about the Public Service & Global Affairs program, visit gannon.edu/globalaffairs.