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.


June 15, 2022

Juneteenth: A reading list

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

A zoom lesson with (clockwise from upper left) Anita Nadal, assistant professor in the School of World Studies; VCU student Abigail Andrade; and Jonathan Clarke of the Richmond Fire Department. (Anita Nadal)

June 13, 2022

Richmond Fire Department teams with VCU to help overcome language barriers

Having someone on a fire or medical emergency call who speaks Spanish can bring calm to some situations, said Richmond firefighter Cody Oliver.

Populism has played a role in opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline. (Getty Images)

June 9, 2022

Exploring strategic connections between populism and the debate on pipelines

In his new book, VCU assistant professor Kai Bosworth looks at the theory of populism and how it relates to the world today.

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.

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