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.


Anita Nadal, an assistant professor of Spanish in the School of World Studies, and her students served as volunteers at the naturalization ceremony at the Stuart C. Siegel Center on Sept. 18. (Photo by Brian McNeill, Enterprise Marketing and Communications).

Sept. 20, 2023

VCU service-learning students offer bilingual support and gain perspective in Becoming Citizens

Citizenship class at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture helps forge a path to this year’s ceremony at the Siegel Center.

The Loose Parts project’s first event, “The Fountain,” transformed a portion of Reedy Creek in Forest Hill Park into a temporary adventure playground. (Courtesy photo)

Sept. 20, 2023

Loose Parts connects art and play to the serious work of child development

Building on an overseas tradition, a VCUarts and humanities team is creating engaging local play spaces where children won’t hear the common refrains “Don’t touch” or “Get down.”

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.

World Studies Spotlight