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Global Studies Program: Degrees

Careers for Global Studies Majors

The Global Studies program at Drexel University offers students an undergraduate major and (3) accelerated degree options that provide specialized education and experiential learning — opening up an exciting range of career opportunities, both domestic and abroad. Global Studies majors excel at positions in international business, communication, law, education, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), international relations research and so much more. Students with a Global Studies minor benefit greatly from the cultural, linguistic and interdisciplinary knowledge gained across the program.

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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.

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Global Studies (BA) and Business Administration (MBA) — Accelerated Degree

To further prepare students for careers in the international sphere, Drexel University now offers an accelerated degree that allows students to complete an accelerated bachelor’s degree (BA) in Global Studies and an MBA. Students apply in their third year to Drexel’s LeBow College of Business. Those accepted begin working on their MBA as they complete their BA, getting their MBA a year earlier than if they had done the two degrees separately. They also have a chance to complete an undergraduate co-op and gain valuable work experience as they go. 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.

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Global Studies (BA) and Public Health (MPH) — Accelerated Degree

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.

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Global Studies (BA) and Strategic & Digital Communication (MS) — Accelerated Degree

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 Strategic & Digital Communication, using the year saved to gain full-time experience and earn a salary in the field.

Drexel’s Master of Science in Strategic & Digital 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

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Global Studies Minor

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.

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