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Degrees & Programs in Global Studies and Modern Languages

Global Studies is an intercultural, interactive and multidisciplinary major that joins language study, international travel and academic study across diverse disciplines to prepare students to thrive in today’s modern, globalized world. The program offers four concentration areas: Global Business, Economics and Development; Global Justice and Human Rights; Global Health and Sustainability; and Global Media, Arts and Cultures. Students gain firsthand experience in the fields of their interest through study and co-op abroad opportunities, as well as domestic co-op positions. The program offers a BA and Minor in Global Studies.

Global studies majors can further prepare for careers in the international sphere with an Accelerated BA + MPH in Global Studies and Public Health, an in-demand professional degree with many applications. Students apply to Drexel’s Dornsife School of Public Health as freshman or after completing between 90 and 120 credits of the undergraduate degree; those accepted begin working on their MPH as they complete their BA, gaining their MPH a year earlier than if they had done the two degrees separately. Students in the accelerated degree also have the chance to complete an undergraduate co-op, gaining valuable work experience in the process.

The minor in Anthropology provides students in other fields with a cross-cultural awareness that will enable them to interact with a variety of people in a wide range of situations. By giving students a respect for and understanding of the basis of cultural variation, the minor facilitates work in international settings.

The interdisciplinary minor in Italian Studies is designed to attract students interested in a variety of aspects related to Italian culture and to make use of the deep and diverse pool of resources on Drexel’s campus, in the region, and abroad. Drexel University and Philadelphia have deep connections with the Italian and Italo-American communities. In addition to the large population of Italians and Italian-Americans in Philadelphia and the region, including a substantial proportion of Drexel students, a significant number of faculty across the university have research interests that include the Italian context.

The Judaic Studies program offers an array of undergraduate courses on Jewish history, culture, religion, and politics. The program explores the Jewish experience through time and from a variety of viewpoints. Students may pursue a Minor in Judaic Studies.

The Modern Languages program allows students to develop language competence along with knowledge of foreign cultures. Students from all disciplines are invited to enroll in language courses, creating a dynamic learning environment. Language study opens the doors to international study abroad and co-op opportunities. The program offers Minors and Intermediate Proficiency Certificates in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish, along with a certificate and coursework in Hebrew.

In the Women’s and Gender Studies program at Drexel, students gain an interdisciplinary understanding of the ways in which gender interacts with characteristics such as race, class, ethnicity, age and sexual orientation. The program offers a Minor in Women’s and Gender Studies.