We offer degrees, minors and courses that represent the major expressions of humanity around the world: languages, international studies, anthropology and religious studies. Through these interconnected disciplines, we explore the commonalities and differences in how we communicate, create distinct communities, interact across cultures and define our beliefs. Committed to upholding themes of social justice throughout our teachings, we are distinctive for our focus on experiential learning through internships, study abroad programs and other opportunities.
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We offer Virginia’s only certificate program in Spanish-English Translation and Interpretation, more commonly known as SETI, to help students use translation and interpretation skills in a variety of community settings.
Students who have studied a language or languages in school or through other means can take VCU's Foreign Language Placement Test to determine the appropriate first language course for their placement level.
The School of World Studies is distinctive for our focus on experiential learning through study abroad programs, internships, service learning courses and student organizations, much of which is demonstrated via students' World ePass personalized portfolios.
Scholarships and awards designated for School of World Studies undergraduate students are supported by, or endowed in honor of, alums and former members of our faculty, in a tangible representation of their deep commitment to VCU and to World Studies as discipline.