Foreign Language

    • Foreign language students have participated in study abroad opportunities in Chile, Costa Rica, France, Mexico, Panama and Spain.
    • Graduates are working for the United States Departments of Education and State, Alfred University, Avila University, for international business companies in the U.S. and abroad and as teachers of English abroad. They have also found positions in various nonprofit and international non-governmental organizations.
    • Graduates have continued their academic careers at the University of Arizona, NYU, University of Cincinnati, University of Pittsburgh and Kent State University, among others.

    You Will Learn

    The foreign language program is designed for students to develop an insider’s view of another culture while they develop a new way of looking at their own culture and language. They recognize that learning a language is not an isolated activity but very much interrelated with other fields of study. Knowledge of a foreign language complements practically every major and opens doors to a great variety of jobs. Students fluent in foreign languages possess a distinctive skill that distinguishes them from other candidates in the job market.

    Foreign language students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of numerous study abroad opportunities. They may select a summer, a semester or a full-academic-year program abroad. Study abroad opportunities benefit students not only professionally but also personally. They offer students the possibility to experience and embrace cultural diversity and perceive the world around them in a new light.

    You Will Experience

    Students have the opportunity to enroll in the United Nations Practicum course offered by the Department of Political Science, participate in the Gannon University Model U.N. Club and take part in the yearly Model U.N. conference.

    In addition, students have the unique opportunity to choose from three different career tracks: Foreign Language and Literature, Foreign Language and Government or Foreign Language and Business. Internship possibilities within these career tracks include:

    • Erie’s Multicultural Community Resource Center   
    • Logistics Plus, an international logistics company  
    • The Washington Center  

    You Will Achieve

    Graduates of the foreign language program can find jobs in a variety of fields. Such opportunities include, but are not limited to the following:

    • academia  
    • banking  
    • customer service  
    • foreign service  
    • immigration services  
    • international business  
    • (import/export)  
    • local, state, federal government  
    • management  
    • market research  
    • marketing  
    • media, advertising  
    • public relations  
    • publishing  
    • social services  
    • tourism and travel services  
    • translation/interpretation services  

    You will Study

    The foreign language program offers courses in various languages including French, German, Spanish, Latin, Chinese, Arabic, Greek and Hebrew, with majors available in French and Spanish. Foreign language majors take various core and elective courses such as:

    SPAN 235: Spanish for Medical Personnel

    This course introduces students to basic skills for effective medical communication with Spanish-speaking clientele. The core of the class focuses on developing and practicing vocabulary related to clinical encounters with Hispanic patients, along with a better understanding of the Hispanic culture and the Hispanic patient.

    LBST 383: Global Cultures Through Film

    The course explores diverse cinematic traditions around the globe and examines the relationship between film and its socio-historical, political and cultural context. Students embark on an exciting journey through twentieth and twenty-first century cinema and engage in a transnational exploration of cultural identity.

    FREN 396-397: Study Abroad

    Through this course, students can receive credit awarded for participation in classes and activities taught in French and arranged abroad by the University, either for a semester or in the summer.

    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. 

    • Starting salary: $40,900
    • Mid-career salary: $66,700

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