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Department of Global Studies & Modern Languages

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

The Department of Global Studies and Modern Languages at Drexel University is an interdisciplinary unit that brings together experts on world affairs, global culture, language, international economics and more. Students majoring in Global Studies — the undergraduate major within the department — can choose from a broad range of classes to develop their knowledge in these areas to prepare for careers in business, economic development, global culture, the nonprofit sector, government and international organizations.

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

The Drexel Co-Op

Through Drexel's renowned cooperative education program, students embark on up to three, six-month periods of full-time employment domestically and abroad. From Brussels to NYC, students have found positions in corporations, government and nonprofit organizations in the arts, public affairs, economics, education and more. These experiences open students to a range of career options, and allow them to strengthen their résumés, improve their language skills and build a professional network in the process.

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Study Abroad

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.

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student Rebecca Olsho
“From Greece to Guatemala, Israel to Italy, and China to Chile, there is no doubt that I have taken full advantage of all the international opportunities that Drexel has to offer.” Rebecca OlshoBA global studies ‘17

Recent News

  • Nathan1 A Change of Scenery — and Careers Nathan Clarke traveled a long way — 9412 miles to be exact — to find himself at Drexel University. As a study abroad student, Clarke had a very clear idea of the kind of experience he wanted to have when he left his home in Melbourne, Australia. His Drexel experience not only checked all the right boxes, but also led to an unexpected career change.
  • Sharee Devose while on Drexel Co-op at Voice of America in Washington, D.C. Sharee Devose: Drexel Co-op at Voice of America It feels almost like yesterday that I arrived in Washington, D.C., somewhat ready to take on the world of international broadcasting. I was excited on my first day, certainly, but I found it difficult still to believe that, of all people, I could have been chosen to be the first Drexel co-op at Voice of America (VOA), the official international broadcaster of the United States and the largest in the nation. The experience astounds me to this day.
  • Africana Studies and Women's and Gender Studies Open Call for Student Essays Call for Essays: Africana Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies Awards The College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to officially announce the undergraduate student call for essays: Africana Studies -V.P. Franklin Award ($500) and Women's and Gender Studies-Martha Montgomery Award ($200)
  • Andrew Damron, JD Protecting the Persecuted "Why are you afraid to go home?" he asked. Without speaking, the two children answered in unison, lifting their shirts to reveal raw, pink scars stretching like spider webs across their torsos. It is an image that will haunt Andrew Damron, JD, forever.
  • Anne-Marie Obajtek-Kirkwood, PhD Remembering Anne-Marie Obajtek-Kirkwood, PhD It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Anne-Marie Obajtek-Kirkwood, PhD, associate professor of French and founding member of the Department of Global Studies and Modern Languages. Obajtek-Kirkwood died surrounded by her family on Sunday, June 19th.

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Kelly McShay

Kelly McShay

Director of Recruitment
College of Arts and Sciences
4020 MacAlister Hall
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Undergraduate Advising

Kate Hughes

Kate Hughes

Academic Adviser
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Department of Global Studies & Modern Languages

3031 MacAlister Hall
3250-60 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
215.571.4628 |