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.


Emely Mendez-Ralda, Anita Nadal and Jacqueline Romero at ¡Virginia Fiesta! at the Science Museum of Virginia. (Contributed photo)

Oct. 18, 2022

Students share their experiences at Hispanic Heritage Month community festival

Jacqueline Romero and Emely Mendez-Ralda take part in ¡Virginia Fiesta! at the Science Museum of Virginia.

Last month new students marched down the streets during Spirit Walk, an annual tradition at the start of the school year. (Kevin Morley, University Marketing)

Sept. 15, 2022

Unlimited spirit

More than 5,000 new Rams arrived on campus last month. We talked to eight of them to get their unique perspectives and plans for their time at VCU.

Kadidia Macki Samake, who received a bachelor's degree in international studies at VCU, works as American Center deputy director and EducationUSA adviser for the American Embassy of Mali. (Contributed photo)

Sept. 14, 2022

VCU alum starts ‘dream job’ at the American Embassy of Mali

Among her duties, Kadidia Macki Samake provides guidance for students planning to study in the U.S.

World Studies Spotlight