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.


Nearly 600 people from 85 countries became American citizens in a ceremony at the Stuart C. Siegel Center at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Sept. 18, 2023

At VCU, nearly 600 people from 85 countries become new U.S. citizens

At the Constitution Day ceremony on Monday, American pride was reflected in personal journeys and an embrace of diversity.

Ailita Whalen participated in the Eastern Africa Development and Democracy program as a teaching assistant. (Contributed photo)

Aug. 24, 2023

Busy trip to East Africa finally brings study abroad dream to fruition for VCU undergrad

As a teaching assistant for the program on development and democracy, international studies major Ailita Whalen helped lead fellow students to five countries.

Josue Laguna Gomez (left) and Oscar Vanegas (right), students in the Photovoice for English Language Learners program, with Anita Nadal (center), assistant professor in the VCU School of World Studies. (Contributed photo)

July 26, 2023

Service-learning class empowers Latinx students in Richmond schools to engage with important issues

Photovoice program encourages English language learners to take photographs to "create dialogue about what’s going on."

World Studies Spotlight