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General Studies

  • Begin Your College Experience with Confidence through the General Studies Program at Gannon University

    General studies is a multidisciplinary field that provides you with a breadth of knowledge across many areas of interest. Through interactive coursework, project opportunities and individualized advising, you can pursue an academic course that will lead you to the degree program or career you desire. Gannon’s general studies program will help you start your college experience successfully and prepare you to reach your academic goals.

    • Thrive in a caring community of dynamic faculty and staff who educate motivated students in an environment focused on Catholic values.
    • Be a part of a Catholic, Diocesan university dedicated to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service.
    • Pursue your studies in one of the most flexible programs offered at Gannon University.

    Learn to Lead the Way

    • Receive academic support in preparation for admission to one of the university’s degree-granting programs.
    • Benefit from curriculum, support services and a learning environment that enables committed students to succeed.  
    • Be one of the limited number of students that Gannon admits to this program so that the needs of each student can be fully supported. 

    Experience an Exceptional Learning Environment

    • Receive proactive advising through scheduled appointments during the semester to assist you in making the transition from high school to college.  
    • Engage in the Gannon community in a variety of ways, such as joining clubs and organizations, participating in service-learning, attending academic workshops and much more.

    Inspire Your Academic Success

    Our engaging and interactive coursework will prepare you with the academic experience you need before entering your desired program. You can:

    • Enroll in the First-Year Seminar (self-development), and a study skills, personal growth, and career and life planning course.  
    • Remain in the general studies program for a minimum of one semester or a maximum of three semesters to ensure your academic preparedness.
    • Pursue coursework grounded in the Liberal Studies Core Curriculum, which offers a defined, integrated, shared experience as the foundation for your undergraduate program.

    Achieve Your Possibilities

    Our general studies program is designed for your success. Through curriculum flexibility and high-quality educational opportunities, you can: 

    • Benefit from personal and academic support and guidance from the program coordinator and an academic advisor through frequent individual contact and advising.  
    • Discover a culture of service where, during the most recent year measured, students performed almost 89,000 hours of community service.
    • Leverage your career potential in an environment where faculty and staff are dedicated to helping you succeed in your personal and professional goals.