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Public Service and Global Affairs

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Erie, Pennsylvania
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  • Discover Real Experiences and Real Impact with a Public Service and Global Affairs Degree from Gannon University.  

    Gannon University’s public service and global affairs program is an innovative major for those who dream of changing the world. Pursue your passions for travel, current events, politics, languages and literature and apply them to rich career opportunities in non-profit fundraising, international development and policy analysis to shape our domestic sphere and global affairs. 

    • Enjoy a curriculum that is tailored to your individual interests and career goals. 
    • Gain valuable paid internship experience as you build relationships across the nation.  
    • Prepare and execute the Model United Nations Conference, one of the oldest programs in the country.

    Learn to Lead the Way in Public Service and Global Affairs

    • Analyze the historical roots of the world’s contemporary problems. 
    • Learn to think critically, write persuasively and argue passionately about vital topics of global and political importance.  
    • Projects and coursework immerse you in the history, culture, language and government of major world regions.  
    • Understand a broad range of international topics while developing a proficiency in a chosen foreign language. 

    Experience an Exceptional Learning Environment

    • Travel to Jordan or Bosnia and Poland as an experiential component of your coursework to participate in an archaeological dig or meet genocide survivors.  
    • Attend the annual Jefferson Educational Global Summit to hear from and network with national and internationally recognized speakers.  
    • Participate in political trivia, hear from guest speakers and debate current affairs through our monthly event, Politics & Pints.

    Inspire Your Academic Success

    Gain real-world knowledge through key public service and global affairs courses including: 

    Plagues & Pandemics: Learn about the roots, reactions and consequences of plagues and pandemics across time through this comparative history course.

    War Crimes: Learn about the history and legal foundations of war crimes. Finish your coursework by traveling to the International Criminal Court at the Hague in the Netherlands and to Bosnia to experience first-hand how war crimes are dealt with on the ground and at the highest levels of international jurisprudence.

    A Problem from Hell: A Century of Genocide: Examine the problem of state-sponsored mass violence across time and space through this comparative mass violence course. Finish the class in Poland and the Ukraine to visit Holocaust-related sites and study a post-genocide society first-hand.

    Achieve the Possibilities

    Gannon’s public service and global affairs program will prepare you with the professional contacts, real world skills and confidence needed for your post-graduate career. Through an array of opportunities you can:

    • Secure internship placements in the government and nonprofit sector in Washington, D.C., New York City and London through the Washington Center.  
    • Build a foundation for further graduate study in the field.  
    • Secure highly-sought after careers in the Peace Corps, state department, not-for-profit organizations and international development.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will articulate and implement, with the assistance of an adviser, a personal educational plan.
  2. Students will comprehend a broad range of international issues and an understanding of the relationships between materials explored through different disciplinary lenses.
  3. Students will demonstrate understanding of a specific geographical region, academic discipline, or topic.
  4. Students will demonstrate oral and written proficiency in one foreign language.
  5. Students synthesize their experiential education experience and their traditional classroom coursework.
Claudia Herrero

Claudia Herrero Public Service and Global Affairs

“The School of Public Service & Global Affairs gave me the opportunity to customize my academic path through specifc classes, internships and travel experiences that will lead me to a successful career.”

  • Receive hands-on learning through real-world courses, projects and valuable internship experiences that prepare you to become a professional in the field.
  • 13:1Enjoy a personalized experience inspired by Gannon’s faculty experts and a low student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1.
  • Apply for generous financial aid packages and scholarship awards.

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