Global Studies Program
GLOBAL STUDIES MAJOR (BA)
One of the key strengths of the Drexel Global Studies program is its interdisciplinary nature. Drexel Global Studies majors are not required to take classes from any one department. This is in contrast to traditional “International Relations” majors, which are primarily focused in political science. Drexel Global Studies students instead choose their classes from a range of disciplines including politics, history, sociology, business, art history, anthropology and many other fields. Each student’s focus will vary depending on the concentration they choose, but all students have the freedom and flexibility to sample courses from across the entire university. This unique format — combined with the opportunity to embark on multiple terms of international study or co-op abroad — sets Drexel’s Global Studies major apart and prepares students to be broad-minded, multifaceted and self-directed in their learning.
Accelerated BA/MPH in Global Studies and Public Health
Global Studies majors can further prepare for careers in the international sphere with an accelerated Master’s in Public Health (MPH), 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 as part of their Global Studies major, gaining valuable work experience that will prepare them for a range of Global Studies careers.
Accelerated BA/MS in Global Studies and Communication
The accelerated BA in Global Studies provides students with an interdisciplinary, intercultural, and interactive program with four concentrations: media, arts and cultures; justice and human rights; business, economics, and development; and health and sustainability. Global Studies students develop the critical skills to understand global political, social, and economic trends, while the MS addition will further deepen students’ practical and professional experience in the communications field.
Drexel University is committed to building a strong foundation through the accelerated Global Studies/Communication degree, which enables academically qualified students to earn both a bachelor's and master’s degree—graduating sooner than they would in traditional programs. Graduates of the accelerated degree enter the workforce one year sooner with the benefits of a master’s degree in Communication, using the year saved to gain full-time experience and earn a salary in the field.
Drexel’s Master of Science in Communication program prepares students for careers in a wide range of professional activities. The program specializes in three areas:
- Public communication
- Technical communication
- Science and health communication
Minor in Global Studies
The minor in Global Studies is open to all disciplines and is well suited for students studying abroad, and for those who want to add an international component to their major. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of Global Studies, the minor works well with a variety of majors across the university, making it a good option for any student who may want to gain knowledge in international relations and global studies. It works particularly well with majors in the social sciences and humanities (anthropology, English, history, philosophy, political science, sociology, etc.), as well as a major in business.
Completion of level 201 in a language is a prerequisite for the minor. Students who elect a Global Studies minor must take 24 credits of literature, history, politics, social theory and/or business courses in their area of specialization.
Global Studies Major Careers
Global Studies programs provide specialized training for an exciting range of careers, both domestic and abroad. Global Studies majors have gone on to positions in international business, law, education, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), international relations research and more. Students with a Global Studies minor also benefit from the cultural, linguistic and interdisciplinary skills provided by the program.
APPLY NOW TO A GLOBAL STUDIES PROGRAM
Interested in applying to one of our Global Studies programs? Apply now, or visit our campus to learn more about the application process and program at Drexel.