This is the preliminary (or launch) version of the 2021-2022 VCU Bulletin. This edition includes all programs and courses approved by the publication deadline; however we may receive notification of additional program approvals after the launch. The final edition and full PDF version will include these updates and will be available in August prior to the beginning of the fall semester.

312 North Shafer Street
Box 842021
Richmond, Virginia 23284-2021
(804) 827-1111

Mark D. Wood, Ph.D.
Associate professor and director

Angelina Overvold, Ph.D.
Associate professor and associate director 

The School of World Studies is an interdisciplinary unit that explores the diversity of the human experience and prepares students to contribute to a healthy, equitable and sustainable world. With training in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, school faculty conduct research on language, religion, film, literature, politics, economics and the environment, and their relationship to local and global movements for racial, social and environmental justice. The World School offer majors in anthropologyforeign languageinternational studies and religious studies, as well as minors in Arabic studies, European studies, Italian studies, Latin American studies, Middle East and Islamic studies, Russian studies, and world cinema. Classroom studies are enriched by a range of opportunities to gain real-world experience. School of World Studies majors acquire the critical knowledge, analytic abilities, experience and communication skills to succeed in all aspects of life and participate in the project of building a generous world for all. 

See what our students and alumni are doing to make this vision of the world real.

Degree programs

The School of World Studies offers baccalaureate degrees in the following fields:

Anthropology – Bachelor of Science

Foreign Language – Bachelor of Arts

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

International Studies– Bachelor of Arts

Religious Studies – Bachelor of Arts

Minors are awarded in these areas:

  • African studies
  • Anthropology
  • Arabic and Middle Eastern studies
  • Asian and Chinese studies
  • Catholic studies
  • European studies
  • French
  • German
  • International social justice studies
  • Islamic studies
  • Italian studies
  • Judaic studies
  • Latin American studies
  • Mediterranean studies
  • Religious studies
  • Russian studies
  • Spanish
  • World cinema

Undergraduate certificates are awarded in these areas:

  • International management studies (in conjunction with the School of Business)
  • Spanish/English translation and interpretation

Information regarding curricula is provided on the respective program pages.


The School of World Studies offers students significant opportunities to broaden their knowledge of diverse cultures through language study, including:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • French (major and minor)
  • German (major and minor)
  • Italian (Italian studies minor)
  • Russian (Russian studies minor)
  • Spanish (major and minor)

In cases where the appropriate level of instruction is unavailable, the School of World Studies Advising Office will assist the student in identifying language study options at other U.S. institutions or abroad.

Study abroad

Summer study-abroad programs provide students with opportunities for short-term immersion in the language, culture and civilization of the countries they visit. A list of current VCU study abroad opportunities can be found on the Global Education Office website. VCU is a member of the International Student Exchange Program, which offers junior year abroad programs at one of 40 universities worldwide. For more information about study abroad visit the School of World Studies website.