Global Studies BA / Communication MS

Major: Global Studies and Communication
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Art (BA) and Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 225.0
Co-op Options: One Co-op (Five years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code:
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 19-3094

About the Program

The accelerated BA in Global Studies provides students with an interdisciplinary, intercultural, and interactive program with four concentrations: media, arts and cultures; justice and human rights; business, economics, and development; and health and sustainability. Global Studies students develop the critical skills to understand global political, social, and economic trends, while the MS addition will further deepen students’ practical and professional experience in the communications field.

Drexel University is committed to building a strong foundation through the accelerated Global Studies/Communication degree, which enables academically qualified students to earn both a bachelor's and master’s degree—graduating sooner than they would in traditional programs. Graduates of the accelerated degree enter the workforce one year sooner with the benefits of a master’s degree in Communication, using the year saved to gain full-time experience and earn a salary in the field.

Drexel’s Master of Science in Communication program prepares students for careers in a wide range of professional activities. The program specializes in three areas:

  • Public communication
  • Technical communication
  • Science and health communication

Public Communication

Public Communication has much to offer those looking to work in journalism, public relations, and nonprofit organizations. Students can choose from courses such as Strategic Social Media Communication, Event Planning, Journalism and News Writing, Public Relations Writing and Campaign Planning, and Nonprofit Communication.

Technical Communication

Technical Communication provides skills in technical writing, editing, and computer documentation, and trains students for careers in a wide range of industries from social networking to publishing to health insurance. Students choose from courses such as Technical Writing, Digital Publishing, Technical & Science Editing, and Technical Documentation & Software.

Science and Health Communication

Science and Health Communication leads to careers in medical, science, and pharmaceutical communication. Students can choose from courses such as Science Writing, Medical Journalism, Campaigns in Health & Environment, and Communicating Health and Risk in a 'Fake News' World. 

In addition, the program provides a strong foundation in ethics and theoretical approaches to communication. This theoretical basis is designed to ensure that, as the field changes, students will continue to have an intellectual framework for evaluating and implementing new technology and changing media.

The program emphasizes flexibility, encouraging each student, in consultation with an academic advisor, to craft a particular course of study. Throughout the curriculum, students may use electives to increase communication skills or to further develop areas of specialization. The Master's degree requires a total of 45 graduate credits. 

Admission Requirements

Both incoming freshman and current GST students are eligible to apply for this program. Students who are already matriculated may apply after completing a minimum of 90.0 credits but no more than 120.0 credits. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and maintain this GPA throughout the program.

In addition to formally applying and getting all the signatures required on the Accelerated Degree Program Admission form, applicants must provide:

  • A 500-word statement of goals that explains why they want to enroll in the accelerated degree program.
  • The name of a faculty reference who can speak to the applicant’s academic qualifications and preparedness for graduate studies.

Degree Requirements

CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
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
Two Math courses6.0-8.0
Two Science courses6.0-8.0
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development1.0
Global Studies Core Courses
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 French, Spanish or Japanese, or minor in Asian Studies, or Middle East and North Africa Studies24.0
Students must complete at least 24.0 credits above the 103 language level to earn a language minor.
Global Health and Sustainability Concentration Requirements
ANTH 360Culture and the Environment3.0
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 ethics courses3.0
Biomedical Ethics
Environmental Ethics
Public Health Ethics
Choose one of the following English courses3.0
Literature & Science
Environmental Literature
Topics in Literature and Medicine
Global Health and Sustainability Distribution Requirements24.0
Students must complete 24.0 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
Genetically Modified Foods
Environmental Crime
Campaigns for Health & Environment
Environmental Communication
Science Writing
Grant Writing
Resource and Environmental Economics
Literature & Science
Environmental Literature
Topics in Literature and Medicine
Cities and Sustainability
Introduction to Urban Planning
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
Model Organization of American States
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
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
HIV/AIDS and Africa
Development and Underdevelopment in the Global South
Women's Health and Human Rights
Women and Society in a Global Context
Free electives52.0-48.0
MS Communication
Required Courses
COM 500Reading & Research in Communication3.0
COM 610Theories of Communication and Persuasion3.0
COM 698Managing Communication Professional Identities in a Digital Age3.0
Electives **21.0
Required Concentration Courses15.0
Students must select and complete one of the following concentration options:
Technical Communication
Ethics for Technical, Science and Health Communication
Choose four of the following:
Technical Writing
Document Design and Usability
Digital Publishing
Technical Documentation and Software
Technical, Science and Health Editing
Software Development
Perspectives on Information Systems
Science and Health Communication
Ethics for Technical, Science and Health Communication
Choose four of the following:
Campaigns for Health and Environment
Science Writing
Technical, Science and Health Editing
Medical Writing
Medical Journalism
Theory and Practice in Health Communication
Public Communication
Ethics for Professional Communication
Choose four of the following:
Modern Desktop Publishing
Digital Publishing
Strategic Social Media Communication
Foundations of Public Relations
Public Relations Writing ***
Public Relations Planning ***
Fundamentals of Journalism & Newswriting
Event Planning
Grant Writing
Nonprofit Communications
Telecommunications Regulation and Policy
Investigative Journalism
Total Credits225.0

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

First Year
ENGL 101 or 1113.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0CIVC 1011.0VACATION
GST 1013.0GST 1023.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
MATH 1014.0MATH 1024.0GST 1033.0 
UNIV H1011.0(UG) Language*4.0PSCI 1504.0 
(UG) Language*4.0 (UG) Language*4.0 
 15 14 15 0
Second Year
COOP 101**1.0(UG) GST Concentration Requirement3.0ECON 2014.0ECON 2024.0
(UG) GST Concentration Requirement3.0(UG) GST Distribution Options6.0(UG) Language*4.0(UG) Language*3.0
(UG) GST Distribution Option3.0(UG) Language*4.0(UG) GST 200+ Level Course3.0(UG) GST Concentration Requirement3.0
(UG) Language*4.0(UG) Free Elective3.0(UG) GST Concentration Requirement3.0(UG) GST Distribution Option3.0
(UG) Free Electives6.0 (UG) Free Elective3.0(UG) Free Elective3.0
 17 16 17 16
Third Year
(UG) GST 200+ Level Course3.0(UG) GST 200+ Level Course3.0  
(UG) GST Distribution Options7.0(UG) GST Concentration Requirement4.0  
(UG) Free Elective3.0(UG) GST Distribution Option3.0  
COM 5003.0(UG) Free Elective3.0  
 COM 6103.0  
 19 19 0 0
Fourth Year
UNIV H2011.0GST 4003.0(UG) Free Electives9.0VACATION
(UG) GST Concentration Requirement4.0(UG) Free Electives9.0(UG) GST Distribution Option3.0 
(UG) GST 200+ Level Course3.0(GR) Concentration Core3.0(GR) Grad Concentration Core3.0 
(UG) Free Electives6.0(GR) Graduate Elective3.0(GR) Graduate Elective3.0 
COM 613 or 6123.0   
(GR) Grad Concentration Core3.0   
 20 18 18 0
Fifth Year
COM 6983.0(GR) Graduate Electives6.0(GR) Graduate Electives6.0 
(GR) Grad Concentration Core3.0   
(GR) Grad Elective3.0   
 9 6 6 
Total Credits 225
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