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Public Service and Global Affairs Major

  • Bachelor of Arts Major
  • Erie, Pennsylvania

Public service & global affairs majors receive stipends for internships in Washington, D.C., New York City and international locales; they have the opportunity to travel and research at world-class archives to complete their senior research project.

  • GU Possibilities
    • Public service & global affairs majors receive stipends for internships in Washington, D.C., New York City, and international locales.
    • Network with alums and professionals in their field.
    • Scholarships are available giving students the ability to study abroad in Ireland, Poland, Thailand, Spain, Chile and Jordan.
    • Students have the opportunity to travel and research at world class archives to complete their senior research project.

    You Will Learn

    Gannon University’s public service & global affairs (PSGA) program is an innovative major for those who dream of changing the world. If you love travel, current events, politics, languages, and literature, this is your major. The PSGA major combines history, political government, and foreign languages with experiential education that prepares graduates for impactful careers.

    This major will prepare you for careers that are also highly marketable. From non-profit fundraising, international development, and policy analysis to think tanks, the State Department, and non-governmental organizations, there are many highly interesting and lucrative positions available. The public service & global affairs major equips you with the skills, experience and contacts for these careers.

    You Will Experience

    Students majoring in public service & global affairs will articulate and implement, with the assistance of an adviser, an individualized educational plan including personal programs of coursework, study abroad experiences and internships. Upon completion of this degree, students will acquire an understanding of a broad range of international topics while developing a proficiency in a chosen foreign language. 

    You will take classes that pertain to your particular career goals, study abroad in locales that connect to your career aspirations and intern with organizations that directly relate to your future job.  Internship opportunities may be domestic or abroad in governmental agencies, not-for-profits or non-governmental organizations.  

    You Will Achieve

    Students graduating with a bachelor’s degree in public service & global affairs have a thorough foundation in the history, culture, language, and government of major world regions. In addition, they will learn about rich, diverse career opportunities available in public service and the capabilities and limitations of public service in shaping the domestic sphere and global affairs.

    Upon graduation, students will possess professional contacts, real world skills, worldliness, and the confidence needed for their post-graduate lives and careers. Such opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • graduate school
    • Peace Corps
    • state department
    • not-for profit organizations
    • non-governmental organizations
    • government-related positions such as lobbyist or press secretary
    • international development

    You Will Earn

    Starting salaries vary greatly depending on area of focus and can range from $34,410-$98,810

    You Will Study

    Example Course Descriptions

    Public Service & Global Affairs majors take various core and elective courses including:

    HIST 307 History through Arabic Literature  

    This course aims to give a general survey of literary works written in Arabic from the sixth century until the present and their links to historical developments vital to understanding Arabic and Middle Eastern/North African history. We will explore the earliest prose tradition, popular literature such as the Arabian Nights, and the renaissance (al-nahda) in the 19th century as well as the emergence of a modern tradition of Arabic literature.

    LBST 383 Good and Evil: Reconciling the Holocaust  

    In this cross-disciplinary course students will examine the reality of the Holocaust from multiple historical and theological perspectives. In May, faculty and students will travel to Poland and Prague. In Poland, students will visit the cities of Warsaw and Krakow, the Auschwitz and Treblinka death camps, and various Jewish and Polish cultural sites

    POLI 343 U.S. Foreign Policy  

    This course explores the historical and intellectual foundations of contemporary U.S. foreign policy and applies this knowledge to contemporary foreign policy dilemmas and international crises.

    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.

    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.