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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, Italian Studies, Judaic Studies Women's and Gender Studies, as well as minors and intermediate proficiency certificates 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

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Kelly Schimpf

Director of Recruitment
College of Arts and Sciences
4020 MacAlister Hall
215.571.4536 |

Undergraduate Advising

Kate Hughes

Kate Hughes

Associate Director, Global Studies and Modern Languages
3031 MacAlister Hall
215.895.1208 |

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Department of Global Studies & Modern Languages

3031 MacAlister Hall
3250-60 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
215.895.1863 |