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.


Avani Venkatesh, a member of the Honors College, is a rising senior majoring in international studies. She has plans to attend medical school. (Contributed photo)

Aug. 5, 2022

Avani Venkatesh gives back through internship with The Giving Square

One of the senior’s primary roles at the internship, supported by the VCU Internship Funding Program, is helping the organization develop an intergenerational fellowship.

Leslie Bolda, in Bariloche, which is in the western part of Argentina situated on a lake called Nahuel Huapi surrounded by the Andes Mountains. Contributed photo.

July 22, 2022

VCU alum is loving her time in Argentina, helping to teach English

Leslie Bolda got the chance to live and work in South America thanks to a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant award.

June 15, 2022

Juneteenth: A reading list

This list of faculty-recommended books can help you learn about and celebrate Juneteenth.

World Studies Spotlight

Meet Kristina

Kristina Donnally wanted to be an archaeologist ever since second grade when she visited the Ancient Egypt exhibit at the Smithsonian. Visit our 'Meet a Student' page to read more about Kristina, including the internships in our Virtual Curation Lab and on an excavation site in Israel that inspired her studies.

kristina donnally