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Global Languages and Cultures

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Minor
  • Erie, Pennsylvania
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  • Expand Your Horizons  with a Global Cultures Degree from Gannon University

    Gannon’s global cultures program plays a central role in the University’s mission to prepare globally responsible citizens. You’ll gain a comprehensive educational experience and learn about a world that is increasingly diverse, international and interdependent. Develop critical knowledge about global history, politics, intercultural communication, cross-cultural psychology and fundamentals of business practice that will lead you to your future career or prepare you for graduate education.

    • Develop careers skills that are essential to your success in the global and domestic job market.
    • Gain linguistic and cultural competencies.
    • Learn from faculty who are experts in indigenous histories, linguistics, culture, film, women’s studies and more.

    Learn to Lead the Way  in Global Cultures

    • Complete interdisciplinary courses that strategically connect language and cultural skills with in demand career options in business, public service, communications and more.
    • Become a globally and culturally informed citizen through coursework and experiential learning opportunities.
    • Develop intercultural and multilingual competencies that are essential to today’s increasingly globalized marketplace.

    Experience an Exceptional Learning Environment

    • Gain valuable leadership experience through a United Nations Practicum or Model U.N., one of the oldest programs in the country.
    • Travel to locations across the globe through Gannon’s study abroad, Alternative Spring Break Trips, Gift Courses, and T.R.A.V.E.L. programs.
    • Participate in on-campus activities including International Education Week, International Night, School of Public Service and Global Affairs speaker and events series, globally focused clubs and organizations, and more.
    • Learn French from a Fulbright Scholar.

    Inspire Your Academic Success

    Gain real-world knowledge through key global cultures courses including:

    Music of Latin America: Study the rich cultural and musical heritages of Latin America, including the European, African and Amerindian contributions to Latin American culture and music.

    France and the Francophone World: Explore contemporary cultural, political and social climate in France and the Francophone world with topics including media, the role of women, and religious, ethnic and racial diversity.

    Women in Middle East History: Understand Middle Eastern history through the prism of women’s experiences; explore women’s contributions to building a vast and varied civilization; study historical roots of contested issues related to Middle Eastern women.

    Achieve Your Possibilities

    Students will gain a high-quality education that enables success in the rigors of graduate school or a future profession. Through an array of program opportunities,  you can:

    • Secure real-world experiences through internships in government, business, media and nonprofit organizations.
    • Complete the essential undergraduate course requirements and continue your education through a graduate program.
    • Earn a meaningful career in business, politics, nonprofit, public policy, communications, foreign service, tourism, travel and more.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Global Cultures majors will demonstrate Intermediate Mid to High level of proficiency in at least one target language (as defined by ACTFL, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Proficiency Guidelines).
  2. Students will identify the cultural context in which literary and non-literary texts (films, pop-culture, folk, and other art etc.) were produced.
  3. Students will critically evaluate literary and non-literary products of the target culture.
  4. Students will apply sound research methodology and compose information with accuracy and clarity.
  5. Students will synthesize their traditional classroom work with a meaningful experiential learning experience.
Chloe Kernan

Chloe Kernan School of Public Service and Global Affairs

“My experience from taking classes wasn’t solely my language improvement, but I was able to open my worldview by learning about different countries’ cultures as well ... I hope one day to be serving and working alongside people in another country, and having a basic understanding of a few languages will help me connect and work better with people.”

  • 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.