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.


In 2023, students and alumni were named recipients for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the Critical Language Scholarship, the Goldwater Scholarship, the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program, the Gilman Scholarship and the Public Policy and International Affairs Program Junior Summer Institute. (File photo)

Nov. 29, 2023

Year-end review: A look at the VCU students and alums who earned prestigious domestic and international scholarships in 2023 through the National Scholarship Office

The recipients represent the university’s academic excellence and stand out for their accomplishments and potential in highly competitive international and domestic applicant pools.

Donald Sutherland in "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" (1978).

Oct. 23, 2023

What’s your favorite scary movie? A horror film watch list for October.

From "Candyman" to "The Wizard of Oz"(!), VCU students, faculty, alums and staff share hair-raising recs for the spookiest of months.

When she was little, Isabel Dingus loved to rearrange her room. Today, she uses research into ancient cultures to inspire her interior design pursuits. (Tom Kojcsich, Enterprise Marketing and Communications)

Oct. 3, 2023

Meet-a-Ram: Isabel Dingus, an interior designer who studies how space reflects cultural identities

Dingus, a scholarship recipient from the International Furnishings and Design Association, is majoring in anthropology and interior design, finding inspiration in ancient design as she creates her own spaces.

World Studies Spotlight