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Scholars of the World

With faculty expertise spanning world affairs, global culture, language and more, students in the Department of Global Studies and Modern Languages learn to think internationally and look with a critical eye at where the U.S. and other countries fit within the global system.

Department of Global Studies & Modern Languages

The Department of Global Studies and Modern Languages is an interdisciplinary department that brings together experts on world affairs, global culture, language, international economics and more. Students majoring in International Area Studies — the undergraduate major within the department — can choose from a broad range of classes to develop knowledge of global affairs, modern languages, business and international culture. Students are trained to think internationally, to look with a critical eye at where the United States and other countries fit within the global system, and to consider careers in business, economic development, global culture, the non-profit sector, government, and international organizations.

Global Studies is also home to three undergraduate minors with global scope — Africana Studies, Judaic Studies and Women's Studies — as well as minors in a range of modern languages.

Global Studies works closely with Drexel's Steinbright Career Development Center to place students in international co-ops, where gain six-month periods of hands-on, full-time work experience while also improving their language skills. Students also find exciting co-ops domestically, both at businesses and in nonprofit organizations in the arts, public affairs, economics and education, among other fields.

Study abroad is integral to the Department of Global Studies - we also work hand-in-hand with Drexel's Study Abroad Office to find the best opportunities for our students to improve their foreign language skills, learn from leading academics in other countries, and immerse themselves in a global experience.

Student Spotlight

Drexel International Area Studies Student, Rebecca Olsho

Rebecca Olsho
BA International Area Studies '17

Rebecca Olsho was one of 120 student ambassadors chosen to represent the U.S. at the 2015 World’s Fair, Expo Milano, in Milan, Italy. She’s also studied and conducted research abroad in Chile, Greece and Guatemala.

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Africana Studies

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The Africana Studies program at Drexel is an exciting interdisciplinary field that offers students the opportunity to explore history, culture, and politics throughout the African Diaspora. Courses and programs vary in themes, but are all focused on the Caribbean, Africa and abroad.

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International Area Studies

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Students majoring in International Area Studies — the undergraduate major within the department — can choose from a broad range of classes in order to develop knowledge of global affairs, modern languages, business and international culture. Students are trained to think internationally, to look with a critical eye at the place of the United States and other countries within the global system.

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Judaic Studies

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The Judaic Studies program at Drexel offers an array of undergraduate courses on Jewish history, culture, religion, and politics. The program explores the Jewish experience through time and from a variety of viewpoints. The courses satisfy the elective requirements of many majors, and can be taken as part of the Louis Stein Minor in Judaic Studies.

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Modern Languages

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The Modern Languages program at Drexel University offers minors in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish. The program takes a communicative approach to learning. Students from all disciplines at the University are invited to enroll in language courses, creating a dynamic learning environment.

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Women's & Gender Studies

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The Women’s and Gender Studies program provides both men and women with tools for understanding, coping with, and changing the larger societal systems in which they must operate as both students and professionals. Women’s and Gender Studies courses engage students in provocative discussions and the conscious interrogation and practice of equality.

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Questions? Contact Us

Department of Global Studies & Modern Languages
MacAlister Hall | Room 3031
3250-60 Chestnut Street | Philadelphia, PA 19104

215.895.1863