Global Studies BA / Business Administration MBA

Major: Global Studies
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 229.0
Co-op Options: One Co-op (Five Years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 30.2001
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 19-3094

About the Program

To further prepare students for careers in the international sphere, Drexel University now offers an accelerated degree that allows students to complete an accelerated bachelor’s degree (BA) in Global Studies and an MBA. Students apply in their third year to Drexel’s LeBow College of Business. Those accepted begin working on their MBA as they complete their BA, getting their MBA a year earlier than if they had done the two degrees separately. They also have a chance to complete an undergraduate co-op and gain valuable work experience as they go.

The Drexel BA degree prepares students for exciting international careers or at home working with diverse international populations. It prepares them by giving them foreign language fluency and offers a wide variety of courses in the social sciences, humanities, philosophy, hard sciences, cultural studies, and other fields. While working on their Global Studies degree, students also are encouraged to study abroad, adding to their global perspective as well as perfecting their foreign language skills. There are also many opportunities for doing co-op abroad: a chance to live overseas for six months while gaining valuable work experience and getting the opportunity to truly be part of the culture of the place where they are working. Study abroad opportunities exist in many countries in Europe, Africa, Latin America, and across Asia. Co-op abroad employers can also be found in almost any part of the world.

Added to this is the chance to get an accelerated degree with an MBA, a much-in-demand professional degree with many uses. Students interested in business, trade, accounting, and corporate careers, for example, can gain skills that make them attractive to international development agencies like the US Agency for International Development, the World Bank, or many government agencies, private multinational corporations, and regional companies. Students who want to work domestically can use their language and cultural skills in a wide variety of settings here, working with the diverse population within the US. A degree in Business Administration allows graduates to make a real impact on society, improving the lives of people around the world.

Drexel Global Studies students have won a wide variety of international fellowships, including Fulbright, Boren, and other US government programs. They have studied abroad in countries as diverse as France, Senegal, Equatorial Guinea, Argentina, Costa Rica, China, Japan, and Korea. They have gone on to work with the US State Department and other government agencies, with large Silicon Valley tech firms, and with private corporations and nonprofits around the world. Adding an MBA will open even more doors for students interested in making a difference at home and abroad.

Admission Requirements

Same as regular requirements for Global Studies majors.

Degree Requirements

General Requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development1.0
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics4.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
PSCI 150International Politics4.0
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
Two Mathematics courses6.0-8.0
Two Science courses6.0-8.0
Global Studies Core Requirements
GST 101Becoming Global: Language and Cultural Context3.0
GST 102Understanding Global: Markets and Governance3.0
GST 103Acting Global: Research Methods in Global Studies3.0
Four 200+ level GST courses12.0
GST 400Senior Project in Global Studies3.0
Language minor in Spanish, French, or Japanese, or minor in Asian Studies or Middle East and North Africa Studies *24.0
Concentration (Select one from below)95.0-91.0
MBA Requirements
ACCT 510Essentials of Financial Reporting2.0
BLAW 510Analyzing Legal Options in Decision-Making1.0
ECON 601Managerial Economics3.0
FIN 601Corporate Financial Management3.0
MGMT 510Business Problem Solving3.0
MGMT 520Strategy Analysis2.0
MGMT 530Managing and Leading the Total Enterprise2.0
MGMT 770MBA Capstone2.0
MKTG 510Marketing Strategy2.0
ORGB 511Leading in Dynamic Environments: A Personal, Relational, and Strategic Approach3.0
ORGB 520Leading High-Performance Teams1.0
POM 510Operations and Supply Chain Management2.0
STAT 510Introduction to Statistics for Business Analytics2.0
Experiential Requirements - Select one course:3.0
Graduate Internship
International Business Seminar and Residency
Leading for Innovation
Business Consulting
Business Agility and IT
Negotiations for Leaders
Tax Experiential Learning
MBA Concentration Requirements (Select one concentration from the list below)9.0
Graduate Free Electives9.0
Total Credits229.0

Undergraduate Concentration: Global Justice and Human Rights

Global Justice and Human Rights Distribution Requirements
ANTH 310Societies In Transition: The Impact of Modernization and the Third World3.0-4.0
or SOC 330 Development and Underdevelopment in the Global South
ENGL 360 [WI] Literature and Society3.0
PHIL 335Global Ethical Issues3.0-4.0
or PSCI 352 Ethics and International Relations
PSCI 120History of Political Thought4.0
or PSCI 229 Theories of Justice
PSCI 353International Human Rights4.0
Select one of the following3.0-4.0
The United Nations in World Politics
The European Union in World Politics
Global Justice and Human Rights Distribution Options24.0
Special Topics in Africana Studies course must have a global theme
Anthropology of Immigration
Approaches to Intercultural Behavior
Intercultural Communication
Justice in Our Community
Prison, Society and You
Terrorism
Comparative Justice Systems
Strategic International Communication
International Negotiations
The Kitchen Garden: Summer
The Kitchen Garden: Fall
Microeconomics
Macroeconomics
Economic Development
Resource and Environmental Economics
Topics in World Literature
Introduction to Global Capital and Development
Introduction to Identities and Communities
Introduction to Power and Resistance
Introduction to Global Media, Arts, and Cultures
Introduction to Global Health and Sustainability
Advanced Studies in Global Capital and Development
Advanced Studies in Identities and Communities
Advanced Studies in Power and Resistance (Model Organization of American States)
Advanced Studies in Global Media, Arts, and Cultures
Advanced Studies in Global Health and Sustainability
Special Topics in Global Studies
Special Topics in Global Studies
Transnational History of Science, Technology and Environment
Social & Political Philosophy
Global Ethical Issues
Environmental Philosophy
Philosophy of Law
Philosophy of Religion
Overview of Issues in Global Health
Introduction to Health & Human Rights
Theories of Justice
Comparative Politics II
American Foreign Policy
Global Governance
International Political Economy
Power in Protest: Social Movements in Comparative Perspective
Social Development: A Global Approach
Political Theory from Below
The United Nations in World Politics
Ethics and International Relations
The European Union in World Politics
International Law
The Politics of LGBT Movements and Rights
Race, Ethnicity and Social Inequality
Wealth and Power
HIV/AIDS and Africa
Globalization
Environmental Justice
Classical Social Theory
Social Movements
Women and Society in a Global Context
Special Topics in Women's and Gender Studies must have a global theme
Electives52.0-47.0
Total Credits96.0-94.0

Undergraduate Concentrations

Global Health and Sustainability

Global Health and Sustainability Concentration Requirements
ANTH 360Culture and the Environment3.0-4.0
or SOC 244 Sociology of the Environment
PBHL 301Epidemiology in Public Health3.0
PBHL 303Overview of Issues in Global Health3.0
PSCI 334Politics of Environment and Health4.0
or SOC 346 Environmental Justice
Choose one of the following English classes3.0
Literature & Science
Environmental Literature
Topics in Literature and Medicine
Choose one of the following Ethics courses3.0
Public Health Ethics
Biomedical Ethics
Environmental Ethics
Global Health Distribution Options24.0
Students must complete at least 24.0 distribution credits from the approved list
Worldview: Science, Religion and Magic
Health & Healing Practices in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Societies In Transition: The Impact of Modernization and the Third World
Culture and the Environment
Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution
Ethnobotany
Environmental Crime
Campaigns for Health & Environment
Environmental Communication
Science Writing
Grant Writing
The Kitchen Garden: Summer
The Kitchen Garden: Fall
Microeconomics
Macroeconomics
Resource and Environmental Economics
Literature & Science
Environmental Literature
Topics in Literature and Medicine
Introduction to Urban Planning
Cities and Sustainability
Energy Entrepreneurship
Environmental Science
Native Plants and Sustainability
Global Climate Change
Global Warming, Biodiversity and Your Future
Conservation Biology
Introduction to Global Capital and Development
Introduction to Identities and Communities
Introduction to Power and Resistance
Introduction to Global Media, Arts, and Cultures
Introduction to Global Health and Sustainability
Advanced Studies in Global Capital and Development
Advanced Studies in Identities and Communities
Advanced Studies in Power and Resistance
Advanced Studies in Global Media, Arts, and Cultures
Advanced Studies in Global Health and Sustainability
Special Topics in Global Studies
Special Topics in Global Studies
History of Science: Ancient to Medieval
History of Science: Medieval to Enlightenment
History of Science: Enlightenment to Modernity
Themes in Global Environmental History
Empire and Environment
Transnational History of Science, Technology and Environment
Development of World Health Care
Health Care across Cultures
Foods and Nutrition of World Cultures
Perspectives in World Nutrition
Introduction to the History of Public Health
Introduction to Health & Human Rights
Women and Children: Health & Society
Introduction to Community Health
The World's Water
Exploring the HIV/AIDS Pandemic
Disease Outbreak Investigations
Health Inequality
Biomedical Ethics
Global Ethical Issues
Environmental Ethics
Environmental Philosophy
Philosophy of Technology
Philosophy of Science
Global Governance
Environmental Politics
Social Development: A Global Approach
Politics of Environment and Health
The United Nations in World Politics
Ethics and International Relations
International Human Rights
Psychology of Sustainability
Sociology of Health and Illness
HIV/AIDS and Africa
Development and Underdevelopment in the Global South
Globalization
Women and Society in a Global Context
Women's Health and Human Rights
Electives52.0-47.0
Total Credits95.0-91.0

Global Business, Economics, and Development

Global Business, Economics, and Development Concentration Requirements
BLAW 340International Business Law4.0
ECON 342Economic Development4.0
ENGL 308 [WI] The Literature of Business3.0
PHIL 301Business Ethics3.0
PSCI 255International Political Economy4.0
Select one of the following4.0
Multinational Corporations
International Trade
International Money and Finance
Global Business, Economics, and Development Distribution Options24.0
Students must complete at least 24.0 distribution credits from the approved list
Societies In Transition: The Impact of Modernization and the Third World
Approaches to Intercultural Behavior
Business Communication
Intercultural Communication
Strategic International Communication
International Negotiations
Grant Writing
Microeconomics
Macroeconomics
Economic Ideas
International Macroeconomics
Resource and Environmental Economics
Topics in World Literature
Literature and Society
Social Entrepreneurship
Global Entrepreneurship
Energy Entrepreneurship
Introduction to Finance
Global Financial Management
Introduction to Global Capital and Development
Introduction to Identities and Communities
Introduction to Power and Resistance
Introduction to Global Media, Arts, and Cultures
Introduction to Global Health and Sustainability
Advanced Studies in Global Capital and Development
Advanced Studies in Identities and Communities
Advanced Studies in Power and Resistance
Advanced Studies in Global Media, Arts, and Cultures
Advanced Studies in Global Health and Sustainability
Special Topics in Global Studies
Special Topics in Global Studies
History of Capitalism
Multinational Corporations
International Trade
International Money and Finance
Regional Studies in Economic Policies and International Business
For-Profit Business Consulting
Nonprofit Business Consulting
Introduction to Marketing Management
Advertising & Integrated Marketing Communications
Marketing for Non-Profit Organizations
Global Marketing
The United Nations in World Politics
Ethics and International Relations
The European Union in World Politics
Wealth and Power
Development and Underdevelopment in the Global South
Globalization
Classical Social Theory
Imagining Multiple Democracies
Introduction to Business Statistics
Business Statistics II
Women and Society in a Global Context
Electives49.0-45.0
Total Credits95.0-91.0

 Global Media, Arts, and Cultures

Global Studies Media, Arts, and Cultures Concentration
Media, Arts, and Cultures Distribution Requirements
ANTH 212 [WI] Topics in World Ethnography3.0
ANTH 330Media Anthropology3.0
ENGL 325Topics in World Literature3.0
WEST 100Introduction to Digital Design Tools3.0
PHIL 305Ethics and the Media3.0
Select one of the following:3.0
Asian Art and Culture
Art of India
Art of Japan
Twentieth Century American Art
Nineteenth Century Art
20th Century Art
Contemporary Art
African-American Art
African Art
Modern Art Theory and Criticism
Latin American Art
Media, Arts, and Cultures Distribution Options Students must complete at least 24 distribution credits from the approved list24.0
Worldview: Science, Religion and Magic
Anthropology of Immigration
Societies In Transition: The Impact of Modernization and the Third World
Approaches to Intercultural Behavior
Visual Anthropology
Digital Culture
Digital Ethnography
Cultural Theory I
Architecture and Society I
Theory and Models of Communication
English Worldwide
Intercultural Communication
Ethnography of Communication
Strategic International Communication
Grant Writing
Nonprofit Communication
Media Effects
Culture and Gastronomy I
Classical to Medieval Literature
Renaissance to the Enlightenment
Survey of World Literature
Post-Colonial Literature
Literature & Science
Literature and Other Arts
Topics in World Literature
Mythology
Women and Literature
Literature and Society
Special Topics in Film Studies
Introduction to Global Capital and Development
Introduction to Identities and Communities
Introduction to Power and Resistance
Introduction to Global Media, Arts, and Cultures
Introduction to Global Health and Sustainability
Advanced Studies in Global Capital and Development
Advanced Studies in Identities and Communities
Advanced Studies in Power and Resistance
Advanced Studies in Global Media, Arts, and Cultures
Advanced Studies in Global Health and Sustainability
Special Topics in Global Studies
Special Topics in Global Studies
Introduction to Music
World Musics
Perspectives in World Nutrition
Metaphysics: Philosophy of Reality
Aesthetics: Philosophy of Art
Social & Political Philosophy
Global Ethical Issues
Philosophy of Religion
History of Political Thought
Public Opinion & Propaganda
Political Communication
Race, Ethnicity and Social Inequality
Globalization
Women and Society in a Global Context
Literary Editing & Publication
Electives56.0
Total Credits98.0

MBA Concentrations

Real Estate Management and Development

Required Courses
BLAW 631Real Estate Law for Managers and Developers3.0
REMD 675Real Estate Finance3.0
Select one of the following:3.0
Community Impact Analysis
Urban and Real Estate Economics
Financial Institutions & Markets
New Product Planning, Strategy, and Development
Negotiations for Leaders
Supply Chain Management I
Real Estate Development
Special Topics in REMD
Total Credits9.0

Business Analytics Concentration 

Required Courses
STAT 632Datamining for Managers3.0
Select two of the following:6.0
Business & Economic Strategy: Game Theory & Applications
Business Conditions and Forecasting
Inter-Active Decision Support Systems
Predictive Business Analytics with Relational Database Data
Customer Analytics
Marketing Experiments
Managerial Decision Models and Simulation
System Simulation
Supply Chain Management I
Quality & Six-Sigma
Experimental Design
Special Topics in STAT
Total Credits9.0

Finance Concentration*

Required Courses
Select three of the following:9.0
Advanced Financial Management
Corporate Governance
Financial Institutions & Markets
Risk Management
Investment Management
Entrepreneurial Finance
Mergers and Acquisitions
Business Conditions and Forecasting
International Financial Management
Derivative Securities
Seminar in Finance
Seminar in Investments
Special Topics in FIN
Real Estate Finance
Total Credits9.0

Marketing Concentration

Required Courses
Select three of the following, of which two MUST be from MKTG:9.0
Special Topics in BLAW
Intro to Econometrics and Data Analysis
Microeconomics
Business Conditions and Forecasting
International Financial Management
International Business Management
Knowledge Management
Systems Analysis & Design
Inter-Active Decision Support Systems
Database Analysis and Design for Business
Customer Analytics
Marketing Experiments
Buyer Behavior Theory
Channels of Distribution Management
Digital Marketing
Global Marketing
Integrated Marketing Communications Management
New Product Planning, Strategy, and Development
Services Marketing
Marketing Information Management and Research
Special Topics in MKTG
Managerial Decision Models and Simulation
Supply Chain Management I
Management of Service Firms
Quality & Six-Sigma
Total Credits9.0

Strategic Technology & Innovation Management Concentration (STIM)

Required Courses
MGMT 602Innovation Management3.0
MGMT 603Technology Strategy3.0
Select one of the following:3.0
Business & Economic Strategy: Game Theory & Applications
Business Conditions and Forecasting
Introduction to Change Management: An Integration of Macro and Micro Perspectives
Strategic Change Management
Strategic Human Resource Management
Knowledge Management
Sustainability and Value Creation
Leading for Innovation
Strategy Implementation
Change Management Experiential Capstone
MIS Policy and Strategy
Business Agility and IT
New Product Planning, Strategy, and Development
Managerial Decision Models and Simulation
Leading and Executing Change
Negotiations for Leaders
Total Credits9.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

Sample Plan of Study

4+1, 1 co-op (Accelerated program completed in 5 years)

Students complete undergraduate requirements in four years, then convert to graduate status in the fifth and final year.

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
ENGL 1013.0ENGL 1023.0CIVC 1011.0VACATION
GST 1013.0GST 1023.0ENGL 1033.0 
UNIV H1011.0MATH 1024.0GST 1033.0 
MATH 1014.0(UG) Language course4.0PSCI 1504.0 
(UG) Language course4.0(UG) Free elective3.0(UG) Language course4.0 
 15 17 15 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
COOP 1011.0ECON 2024.0(UG) Language course4.0(UG) Language course3.0
ECON 2014.0(UG) GST Concentration Requirement3.0(UG) GST Distribution option4.0(UG) GST Distribution option4.0
(UG) Language course4.0(UG) Distribution Option3.0(UG) GST 200+3.0(UG) Free electives6.0
(UG) Concentration Requirement3.0(UG) Language course4.0(UG) Free electives6.0 
(UG) GST 200+3.0(UG) Free elective3.0  
(UG) Free elective3.0   
 18 17 17 13
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
(UG) Language course3.0(UG) Language course3.0COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE
(UG) GST Distribution Option3.0(UG) GST 200+3.0  
(UG) Concentration Requirement3.0(UG) Distribution Option4.0  
(UG) Free electives6.0(UG) Concentration Requirement3.0  
 (UG) Free elective3.0  
 15 16 0 0
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
UNIV H2011.0GST 4003.0(UG) GST Distribution option3.0VACATION
(UG) GST Distribution option3.0(UG) Distribution option 3.0(UG) Concentration Requirement3.0Student converts to Grad status
(UG) GST 200+3.0(UG) GST Concentration requirement3.0(UG) Free electives6.0 
(UG) Language course3.0(UG) Free elective3.0ECON 6013.0 
(UG) Free elective3.0MGMT 5103.0  
ACCT 5102.0   
 15 15 15 0
Fifth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
FIN 6013.0BLAW 5101.0MGMT 5202.0MGMT 7702.0
MKTG 5102.0ORGB 5113.0ORGB 5201.0(GR) Experiential Elective 3.0
MGMT 5302.0STAT 5102.0(GR) Graduate Elective 3.0(GR) Graduate Elective3.0
POM 5102.0(GR) Graduate elective3.0(GR) Concentration Requirement6.0(GR) Concentration Requirement3.0
 9 9 12 11
Total Credits 229
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