Why World Studies?

In the School of World Studies we explore what it means to be human.

Using anthropology, foreign languages, international studies and religious studies, we investigate the depth and breadth of the human experience so we can address the challenges we face as global citizens. Our programs begin with basic questions about humanity: Who are we? Where did we come from? What do we believe? How do we communicate and negotiate meaning? What is our responsibility as world citizens? 

Learn more about the value of a degree in a World Studies program.


“The Mouse in the Museum” comic follows a mouse residing in The Peale museum. The mouse descends from a long line of mice, including a great-grandmother who lived in the Philadelphia home of Charles Willson Peale, an artist and collector who transformed his personal gallery into a public museum.

March 14, 2024

VCU professor uses 3D to bring life – and accessibility – to upcoming museum exhibit

Bernard Means and his Virtual Curation Laboratory are re-creating mastodon fossils for a historic Baltimore museum’s tactile display, along with a new comic that puts the ‘Mouse’ in the house.

Robert Godwin-Jones, Ph.D., spent three weeks in Vietnam teaching workshops on how to integrate AI into language teaching. (Contributed photo)

Feb. 14, 2024

In Vietnam, VCU professor shares insight into how artificial intelligence can support teaching languages

On assignment from the State Department, Robert Godwin-Jones led workshops at three universities and addressed the ‘mixed feelings’ about AI in the classroom.

Jacob Helt and Kimberley Neal-Helt caught each other’s eye at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart on VCU’s Monroe Park Campus. (Tom Kojcsich, Enterprise Marketing and Communications)

Feb. 13, 2024

Ram romances: Their first (and second) impressions were way off, but Kimberley Neal-Helt and Jacob Helt found their way to happy ‘havoc’

VCU alums from 2015 and 2016 overcame mixed messages – and a rocky first date – and eventually tied the knot where they met.

World Studies Spotlight