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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.

Learn More About Co-op For Global Studies Majors

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.

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

  • 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.
  • Maggie Deptola - Drexel Global Studies Follow My Lead: Maggie Deptola A drive to address economic inequalities — and a less-than- engaging high school experience — led Maggie Deptola to Coded by Kids, a local nonprofit that aspires to make technology education accessible to all middle and high school students. Her work caught the eye of professional networking giant LinkedIn, which featured Deptola in its #InItTogether campaign. Her likeness has since been featured on billboards throughout Philadelphia and even in a commercial that aired during the 2018 Winter Olympics — a fitting nod to her Olympian determination to transform education.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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 |

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Department of Global Studies & Modern Languages

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