Welcome to World Studies

Welcome to the Website of the School of World Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University.

The School of World Studies (SWS) is dedicated to understanding what it means to be human and to promoting relations of understanding and cooperation among people of the world.

Our internationally renowned scholars and award-winning teachers study the emergence, development, and contemporary expression of humanity. We investigate the nature and influence of language, religion, and culture on the construction of meaning and relations.  Through collaborative research, participatory pedagogy, engagement with real world issues, study abroad programs, and partnerships with universities on five continents, the School provides students with an array of opportunities to learn about and contribute to our understanding of humanity, and to gain the theoretical knowledge, communication skills, and cultural sensitivities to make a real difference in the lives of individuals and communities.

We are guided by the idea that whatever career one pursues, that career is best when guided by a genuine concern for the health and wellbeing of others. We invite you to explore our website and join us in the adventure of studying about and living well in our world.

Make it real!

Mark D. Wood, PhD

Mark Wood, Director

Mark D. Wood, PhD
Director, School of World Studies
Associate Professor of Religious Studies