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Department of Global Studies & Modern Languages

With faculty expertise spanning world affairs, culture, economics, language, international relations studies and more, students in the department learn to think internationally and to look with a critical eye at how 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, international relations, global culture, language, international economics and more. Students majoring in Global Studies choose from a broad range of classes to develop their knowledge in international studies and prepare for careers in business, economic development, global culture, the nonprofit sector, government and international organizations. Academically qualified students can apply for the accelerated BA + MPH in Global Studies and Public Health in collaboration with the Dornsife School of Public Health.


Global Studies is an experiential, interdisciplinary and language-based major that tackles global issues such as social movements, development, international relations studies and climate change. Through co-op and civic engagement, domestically as well as abroad, Global Studies trains our students to problem-solve by giving them both depth (through one concentration and one language minor) and breadth (through classes in a variety of majors and schools).



The Drexel Global Studies Co-Op

Through Drexel's renowned cooperative education program, students in the department embark on up to three, six-month periods of full-time employment domestically and abroad. From Brussels to NYC, students have found positions related to international relation studies 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 as a Global Studies Student

Study abroad is integral to our academic Global Studies department. We 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

  • Rebecca Clothey, PhD, in Xinjiang with typical Uyghur snacks Q&A on Uyghur Relations with Drexel’s New Director of Global Studies After 10 years in Drexel University’s School of Education, Rebecca Clothey, PhD, begins her tenure as the new director of the College’s Global Studies program this month. For the past decade, she has conducted research on education issues related to the Uyghur (Uighur) people — a population making international headlines for reported human-rights violations against them in China, including mass detention in “re-education camps,” surveillance, and physical and psychological violence.
  • A lagoon in Baja California, Mexico Research Update: CoAS Professors with Fulbright Awards

    We caught up with professors in the College of Arts and Sciences who recently won awards through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar program. From Mexico to Montpellier, these four profs are taking their research and teaching abroad.

  • Kolkata, India - Drexel CoAS Majors Share Favorite Travel Destination Oh, the Places You’ll Go: 10 CoAS Majors Share Favorite Travel Destinations Sure, you could complete your whole degree in Philadelphia, but why not take advantage of Drexel opportunities around the globe? With gorgeous photos, insider tips and stories from international locales, 10 College of Arts and Sciences students share the best place their major has taken them.
  • Drexel Dragon Logo Blue CoAS Accomplishments in Brief

    We are pleased to recognize the recent grants, publications, presentations, awards and honors of the members of the College of Arts and Sciences.

  • Anthony Perez - Drexel Global Studies Student Rising Leaders: Anthony Perez Anthony Perez is an advocate for underserved populations. He’s written grants for nonprofit funding, worked as a human rights intern in Argentina, and helped raise money for disaster relief in Puerto Rico. At his most recent co-op, he assisted immigrants and asylum seekers in attaining permanent residency and public benefits in the U.S.

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Prospective Student Inquiries

Kelly McShay

Kelly Schimpf

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

Undergraduate Advising

Kate Hughes

Kate Hughes

Associate Director and Academic Adviser, Global Studies & Modern Languages
Academic Building, 311
215.895.1208 |

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Department of Global Studies & Modern Languages

Academic Building
101 N. 33rd Street, 3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104
215.895.1208 |