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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.

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. The department is also home to undergraduate minors with global scope including Anthropology, 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.

Learn More About Co-op For Global Studies Majors

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.

Learn More About Study Abroad For Global Studies Students

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

  • Drexel University Main Building Exterior Welcoming New Faculty to the College of Arts and Sciences We are thrilled to introduce the following new faculty members and welcome them to the College of Arts and Sciences community.
  • Rebecca Olsho, Global Studies Major Global Studies Alum Travels World, Finds Career in Event Marketing Growing up, Rebecca Olsho ’16 recalls the global languages and cultures shared around her family’s dinner table. Her parents frequently opened their home to foreign exchange students, exposing Olsho to the diverse perspectives and opportunities of the world.
  • Drexel Dragon Logo Blue College of Arts and Sciences Tenure, Promotion and Awards The mission of the College of Arts and Sciences and the University could not be accomplished without the dedication and support of our faculty members. It is their pursuit of excellence in teaching, research and scholarship that reinforces our position as a modern liberal arts college, and enhances our University’s reputation as a world-class research institution.
  • Caitlin Walczyk Global Studies and Political Science Major Investigates Language Politics in Kazakhstan In the Central Asian country of Kazakhstan, Caitlin Walczyk practiced her Russian in cab rides across the city of Almaty. The double major in global studies and political science spent nine months in Kazakhstan as a Boren Scholar, an award that supports undergraduate language study in countries vital to U.S. security interests.
  • Nada Matta, PhD Meet Global Studies and Sociology Prof Nada Matta Nada Matta, PhD, assistant professor of global studies and sociology, hopes to refute stereotypes in her courses on the Middle East, and highlight universal trends and similarities across cultures and regions.

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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

Interim Director of Global Studies, Academic Adviser, Global Studies & Modern Languages
Academic Building, 311
215.895.1208 |

Contact Us

Department of Global Studies & Modern Languages

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