Criminal justice students at Gannon learn from a blend of classroom instruction and practical, real-world experience.

Criminal justice students at Gannon learn from a blend of classroom instruction and practical, real-world experience.

Achieving peace with your college decision can be very difficult. Some schools offer very specific, career-based courses that are designed to fast track you into that one career path that logically follows. Other schools give you a vast platter of subjects to sample over four years with the intention of you finding something you’d like to concentrate on later in a graduate school. Where do you fit in?

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a type of school that combined those two into the exact blend of professional and liberal arts training?

That’s where Gannon enters the scene.

“We are a comprehensive Catholic institution,” said Keith Taylor, Ph.D., provost and vice president of academic affairs. “Our goal is to combine the skills that come with knowledge of the breadth and humanity of liberal arts with that of professional education.”

Now how exactly does Gannon accomplish this heavy task without overloading students? The answer is surprisingly simple.

“If you’re coming to Gannon to be an accountant,” Taylor explained, “you’re going to be an accountant who also has all the other broad skills. Things like knowing not only what your numbers mean – but what they mean to society and what they mean in making moral decisions and political decisions as well.”

The new first-year seminar program has been designed in line with this goal, linking courses in broad skills like leadership and ethical judgment with the classes students take in the areas of their majors.

“In the business world, we’re going to have to learn how to showcase our own achievements while also making compromises with our co-workers,” said Jess Charlton, a junior theatre and communication arts major. “I’ve learned how to do so in many of the group presentations I’ve had to do here.”

Gannon’s mission statement speaks of a goal to provide “holistic development of graduate and undergraduate students” as well as offering each student “outstanding teaching and a value-centered education in both liberal arts and professional specializations in order to prepare students for leadership roles in their careers, society and church.”

To keep up with the ever-changing world, Gannon has shaped and molded its core studies courses to match.

“When we say every Gannon graduate has communication, technological, leadership and mathematical and reasoning skills,” Taylor said, “we have to be sure. This core is how we do that.”

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