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Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies

Department of Global Studies and Modern Languages

Drexel Students Find ‘Sanctuaries’ of Cultural Experience, Learning through Spanish-language Global Studies Class

Drexel's Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Global Studies degree program teaches students to see the world differently as they learn essential skills needed to understand the impact of global political, social, economic and environmental dynamics. This experiential, interdisciplinary and language-based major immerses students in issues and emerging movements such as clean energy, climate action, economic growth, health equity, international relations and other challenges. With opportunities to explore international study, hands-on work experiences and civic engagement –both at home and abroad– students learn to connect language and culture across academic disciplines. Drexel students are encouraged to examine how the U.S. and other countries fit into broad, worldwide systems so they can better develop an international perspective.

Global Studies majors choose from one of four different degree concentrations, a required language or regional studies minor, and optional courses and certificates specially designed to deepen their knowledge and to prepare them to pursue careers across many different sectors: business, economics, law, policy, public health, and media — as well as in non-profit, government, and international organizations. Academically qualified majors are eligible for accelerated degree programs in business administration, international education, communications, or public health where they can earn a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree concurrently.

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Degree Concentrations

Tailor your education to fit your interests by choosing one of four degree concentrations:


Undergraduate Advisor

Kate Hughes, Associate Director of Advising and Student Success, Drexel University College of Arts and Sciences

Kate Hughes
Associate Director of Programming and Partnerships
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Meet Kate

“Amazing,” “supportive,” “relentless” and “sincere” are among the words students use to describe Kate Hughes. Kate's expertise in peace studies, public health, environmental justice and community organizing — along with countless global adventures — make her the perfect resource for students planning their own adventures at Drexel and abroad.

Drexel University alumna Nicole Kalitsi, BA '20, concentrated her undergraduate studies in Global Justice and Human Rights.

Careers and Co-op

Graduates of our Global Studies program are well equipped to address local, national and international concerns related to climate change and sustainable development, communications and media, government and legal affairs, public health, and emerging social movements. Our exceptional courses and distinctive hands-on approach prepares students to pursue in-demand careers including: academics, business administration, communications, environmental sustainability, global policy, human rights advocacy, law, media planning, public health and social justice. Drexel's international co-op gives our students a distinct advantage in the world economy and makes them more attractive to prospective employers.

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Nicole Kalitsi's co-op as the diversity, equity and inclusion coordinator for the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance reinforced her calling to work on community issues.

Drexel University alumna Caitlin Walczyk, BA '18, combined pursued a dual major in Global Studies and Political Science.

Study Abroad

Spending time immersed in another culture puts students outside of their "comfort zone" so they can develop new strengths, knowledge, and skills. With a bit of planning and flexibility, an education abroad experience affords students the opportunity to widen their horizons, provides them with a solid foundation for advanced study, and makes them more marketable in the workplace. Employers are looking for students who are resourceful, independent thinkers, able to take risks, and can work with people from all over the world.

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Caitlin Walczyk’s experiences in Kazakhstan sparked an interest in researching the link between national identity and language.

Drexel Global Studies major Serena Hermitt discovered her passion for community work

Community-based Learning

Because Global Studies is interdisciplinary by nature, it aligns well with Drexel's Community-based and Community-engaged learning courses which motivate students to build upon the foundations established in CIVC 101, think deeply about social issues and apply their scholarship to addressing real-world challenges in partnership with civic engagement organizations.

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Global Studies major Serena Hermitt discovered her passion for community work with community-based learning courses.

Meet Our Students

Global Studies majors tailor their education to fit their unique interests by studying, researching and working abroad. Our exceptional courses and distinctive hands-on approach encourages students to expand their horizons and prepares them to pursue in-demand careers.

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Alexandra J. King Pile smiles during a video. An American flag sits behind her.

Catching up with Alexandra J. King Pile, BA International Studies ’07

We recently had the opportunity to catch up with Alexandra J. King Pile, BA international studies '07, who is currently working as a diplomat for the United States Department of State. Read on to learn about the challenges and opportunities of her role, and how her time at Drexel prepared her for this path.

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Emma Hirt at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Bringing History to New Audiences

Senior global studies major Emma Hirt spent the spring and summer as a Programs Assistant Co-op at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, where she used social media to introduce the organization's work to a younger audience—and went viral in the process.

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Students in Hagerty Library stand around the Drexel Cartonera exhibition of handmade cardboard books

Spanish Course Brings Latin American Activism to Campus With “Drexel Cartonera: Memorias al Carton”

One might expect a written exam to wrap up their class for the quarter. But students in Celeste Dolores Mann’s Spanish 410 course—Performing Spanish: Proficiency Through the Arts—had to think outside the box for their final. Rather, they had to use the box, sourcing cardboard for their projects. Because her course was focused on the performing arts in Latin America and Spain, and the coursework was writing-intensive, Mann decided a creative final project was the way to go.

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Degree Concentrations

The flexible format of a Global Studies degree encourages majors to tailor their education to fit their interests by choosing from four concentrations built around interdisciplinary plans of study. Rather than focusing on a single field, such as politics or health, students are immersed in courses from across the university. Global Studies scholars become better equipped to address world issues and understand their impact on local and national concerns by participating in community-based learning, intensive study abroad and co-op.

Global Justice and Human Rights

The Global Justice and Human Rights concentration is ideal for students interested in careers related to defense; local, state, national and international government affairs; intelligence; law; social justice and human rights. Lawyers, international aid workers, human rights advocates, experts in non-violent conflict resolutions, and related professions require the language skills, regional specialization and social science foundation provided by this concentration. Students explore current global issues such as the growth of international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), international peacekeeping, and the interplay of global security and justice.

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Global Business, Economics and Development

The Global Business, Economics and Development concentration is for students interested in careers linked to the global economy, where regional knowledge, intercultural competency, and writing and language skills are highly valued. Along with a grounding in basic business and economics, students gain the social, political and historical knowledge to better understand international business and global economic systems trends. This concentration also introduces students to the challenges of transitional economies and third world development programs, calling attention to the ethical and cultural issues facing international agencies.

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Global Health and Sustainability

The Global Health and Sustainability concentration combines a solid social science and humanities education with a grounding in the scientific and technical aspects of global development. Students study issues such as environmental science, international public health, development and sustainability. Courses in sociology, politics, history, languages, and other fields prepare students to be global citizens with knowledge of diverse cultures and global governance.

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Global Media, Arts and Cultures

The Global Media, Arts and Cultures concentration allows students to develop a major around cultural and language studies, emphasizing the cultural life associated with modern languages and their regions. This provides a broad understanding of the ways in which language intersects with media and all aspects of a region’s cultural and artistic life. Global studies majors take courses in diverse fields such as media studies, comparative literature, art history and languages to create a customized course of study.

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Accelerated Programs

Earn your advanced degree sooner — Global Studies majors can choose from four accelerated degree programs that allow academically qualified students to earn a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree concurrently.


Depending on the degree, eligible undergraduate students can be admitted to an accelerated program in one of two ways: as an incoming freshman, or as a current student — after completing a minimum of 90 credits, but no more than 120 credits. Visit Drexel University's Accelerated Degree Terms and Conditions to learn more.

Language or Regional Studies Minors — Required

Global Studies majors gain intercultural competence and skills when they complete a language minor or a regional studies minor in one of the approved languages offered through Drexel’s Modern Languages Program. The Global Studies major language requirement may be satisfied by taking any one of the three language minors listed below, or, one of the three regional studies minors which combine languages and content courses. Global Studies minors must complete at least one 200-level course.

Language Minors

Regional Studies Minors

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.

Coursework and Certificates — Optional

Global Studies majors have the opportunity to greatly enhance and extend their knowledge with optional coursework and certificates offered by the Drexel Modern Languages Program:


Language Proficiency Certificates

Spanish for Health Professionals Certificate

The Spanish for Health Professionals certificate prepares students who are already enrolled at Drexel to engage Spanish-speaking populations in the field of healthcare. This in-demand advantage is designed to teach health professions students —College of Nursing and Health Professions, Public Health and Pre-Med— to communicate confidently in Spanish with their patients and to deliver culturally competent care.

Modern Languages Faculty Contacts

Please contact the faculty members below with any questions you may have about the Modern Languages Program, language placement and study abroad approvals.