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College of Humanities & Sciences

School of World Studies

For Students

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The School of World Studies is a major research and instructional center for international education at VCU and the greater Richmond community. Our interconnected disciplines explore the human experience as creatively expressed in diverse world languages, cultures, religions, film, literature and forms of social practice, organization and development. We aim to create engaged global citizens through coursework and experiential learning opportunities that help you make it real. 


Our Faculty and Staff

We’re committed to your success in and out of the classroom. have substantial experience as global citizens, teachers, and researchers. With more than half being foreign-born and all having international experience, they bring genuinely diverse perspectives and innovative approaches to scholarship and teaching. They bring the world to the classroom and provide students with the knowledge, skills, experience to do well professionally and personally. Our provides expert guidance to ensure a successful academic career and postgraduate future.

To find out if the School of World Studies is right for you, contact VCU admissions to find out about open houses or to schedule an on-campus visit.

What We Offer

Degree Majors

B.S. in Anthropology

B.A. in Foreign Languages with concentrations in: FrenchGermanSpanish

B.A. in International Studies with concentrations in: European Studies, General Studies, International Social Justice StudiesLatin American StudiesWorld Cinema

B.A. in Religious Studies

Degree Minors

Anthropology Minor
African Studies
Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies
Asian and Chinese Studies
European Studies Minor
French Minor
German Minor
Italian Studies
International Social Justice Studies Minor
Latin American Studies Minor
Mediterranean Studies
Russian Studies
Religious Studies Minor
Spanish Minor
World Cinema Minor


Spanish / English Translation and Interpretation

Other Coursework


More Information

For questions pertaining to the School of World Studies, please contact the SWS Advising Office.

For general admissions criteria and information on how to apply to VCU, please contact VCU Undergraduate Admissions

Please visit Foreign Language Placement Testing to learn more about placing into a language program.

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