About the School of World Studies at VCU!

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Our ultimate goal at the School of World Studies is to create engaged world citizens. We encourage interdisciplinary ideas, critical thinking, primary research and open discussion in order to equip our students with the knowledge, skills and experiences needed to succeed in an increasingly globalized economy.

We are not only a major contributor to the study of humanities at VCU but also the intellectual and instructional center of international activities in Richmond. Our public events such as lecture series and the French Film Festival bring international talent and cultural offerings to the entire city.

We offer four degrees which represent the major expressions of humanity around the world: languages, anthropology, international studies 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. We are committed to upholding themes of social justice throughout our teachings.

The School of World Studies is also distinctive for our focus on experiential learning through programs like study abroad and internships which prepare students for real world cross cultural exchange. Our academic advising team is dedicated to student success in and out of the classroom with personal, tailored guidance. Email us to find out why the School of World Studies is a good fit for your academic and professional goals.