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Global Studies & Modern Languages Degrees & Programs

Global Studies is an intercultural, interactive and multidisciplinary major that joins language study, international travel and academic study across diverse disciplines. Global Studies major students are prepared to thrive in today’s modern, globalized world with concentrations in four areas:

  • Global Business, Economics and Development
  • Global Justice and Human Rights
  • Global Health and Sustainability
  • 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 department offers a BA through the Global Studies major and a 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.

Program Topics and Emphases

Anthropology Minor

The minor in Anthropology provides students 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 where a globally oriented degree will help strengthen relationships.

Asian Studies Minor

The minor in Asian Studies offers an interdisciplinary look at the East, Southeast, and South Asia regions, which hold a critically important geopolitical position in terms of not only business and security, but also in terms of political, religious, cultural, and gender studies. Together with content courses in English offered through a variety of departments, this minor also includes instruction in one of our three Asian languages (Chinese, Korean, or Japanese).

Italian Studies Minor

The interdisciplinary minor in Italian Studies is designed for students interested in a variety of aspects of Italian culture. 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.

Jewish Studies Minor

The Louis Stein Minor in Jewish Studies offers an array of undergraduate courses on Jewish history, culture, religion and politics. Students explore the Jewish experience through time and from a variety of viewpoints. The Jewish Studies program is focused in three areas: Jewish life in Europe before World War II, intergenerational ethic education, and Israel.

Middle East and North Africa Studies Minor

Drexel’s minor in Middle East and North Africa Studies provides students with the necessary tools to understand and critically engage with the MENA region. Students will be able to specialize in MENA by taking social science and humanities courses, in addition to developing language skills. The minor will cover a wide range of topics such as development, social movements, gender studies, labor, geopolitics, security, religion, law and culture. Coursework in the MENA minor will cover the Arabic-speaking countries, in addition to Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan and Israel.

Modern Languages Program

The Modern Languages program allows students to develop language competence along with knowledge of foreign cultures across many Global Studies topics. The program offers minors and Intermediate Proficiency Certificates in French, Japanese and Spanish, along with certificates and coursework in Chinese, German, Korean and Arabic, as well as coursework in Hebrew and Italian. 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.

Religious Studies Minor

Drexel University’s minor in Religious Studies is designed to provide an interdisciplinary approach to the study of religions across time and place. Students learn about religions from a global perspective — examining world religions, folk religions and alternative religions — and reflect on the search for meaning in the varied perspectives present in belief systems. The Religious Studies minor reflects the scholarship of faculty across the humanities and social science departments in the College of Arts and Sciences, equipping students with discrete yet overlapping disciplinary models.

Women’s and Gender Studies Minor

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. This minor also spans global studies topics to provide an intercultural perspective of women and gender studies.


Interested in applying to one of our Global Studies or Modern Languages programs? Apply now, or visit our campus to learn more about the application process at Drexel.