About this Program

The World Cultural Studies concentration is a humanities-based program designed to address global issues and expand students’ and professionals’ career opportunities. Graduates become valuable assets in a rapidly globalizing workforce by demonstrating the ability to effectively and creatively work and think across cultures and disciplines. This concentration prepares students to communicate effectively through training in intercultural understanding and fluency. Students learn to navigate cultural codes that take into account local, national, and global identities, to demonstrate adaptive leadership skills, and to facilitate global collaboration in solving worldwide challenges.

Program Highlights

  • The core courses in this program integrate active local and international partnerships in the form of distinguished guest speakers and off-campus opportunities for students

  • This program facilitates immersion in local multicultural experiences

  • Students work closely with a faculty mentor to select an individualized platform of courses suited to the student’s interests and desired sub-specialty

  • Study abroad courses at the 300-400 level that offer three credits can fulfill at least one course requirement

  • Excellent double major adding a degree of global competitiveness to all students as almost all fields and related careers are impacted by globalization today

  • Students have access to the Language Learning Center as a resource

Degree Level
Degree Earned
Bachelor of Arts
Delivery Modes


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What are the requirements to apply for World Cultural Studies at ODU?
Students entering the Bachelor of Arts program in World Cultural Studies should meet the minimum university admission requirements Undergraduate Admission.
  • Requirements for graduation include a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 overall and in the major, 120 credit hours, which must include both a minimum of 30 credit hours overall and 12 credit hours of upper-level courses in the major program from Old Dominion University, completion of ENGL 110CENGL 211C or ENGL 221C or ENGL 231C, and the writing intensive (W) course in the major with a grade of C or better, and completion of Senior Assessment.


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Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Active Duty Military Rate
Cost Per-Credit $250
Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $393
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $407
Cost Per-Credit $1,073

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