Global Studies Certificate Program

Learn how to make a difference
in the world

The Pennington School's Certificate in Global Studies is a two-year, interdisciplinary program open to all Pennington students. Students apply for the program in the winter of their sophomore year for participation during their junior and senior years. Th
The Pennington School's Certificate in Global Studies is a two-year, interdisciplinary program open to all Pennington students. Students apply for the program in the winter of their sophomore year for participation during their junior and senior years. The Certificate in Global Studies is awarded at Commencement in June.

 

I want all of our students to believe that their Pennington education prepares them to give back to the world rather than give them a leg up to get ahead in the world.”

—Dr. William S. Hawkey, Headmaster                                    

The Global Studies Certificate Program at The Pennington School provides an interdisciplinary academic environment that prepares students to meaningfully participate and succeed in their ever-changing world. By participating in the  program, students will develop their capacity to understand and act on issues of global significance. Broadening their outlook outside of their school environment, Global Studies students will take steps to achieve purposeful action in the world and take their places as true global citizens.

Download an application for 2017–18 here. Applications are due by February 13, 2017.

Program Requirements

Course requirements

Course Requirements during Junior and Senior years: 
  • .5 credit of Global Studies Seminar (must be taken Junior year; may count as .5 of the required History credit)
  • 2 credits of English
  • 2 credits of History/Social Studies
  • 2 credits of World Languages OR 1.5 credits of courses from the following list (above the English and History/Social Studies requirements above):
English:  English III: Perspectives in World Literature; English III LC; English IV LC; AP English Language and Composition; Caribbean Literature; Literature of Postcolonial Africa; AP English Literature and Composition; Multicultural Literature; Irish Literature; Caribbean Literature; Gender and Society; Hyphen -American Literature

History/Social StudiesHuman Geography; Intellectual Revolutions; International Politics; East Asian History; AP Modern European History; Seminar: Worlds Collide; Middle East History; Civil Rights and Liberties

ReligionBuddhism; Rhythm of the Sacred; World Philosophy; Religion and Ecology

ArtsJunior- or senior-level arts courses that include global perspectives in their examination of artists, schools, or media 

ScienceEnvironmental Science

World Languages: All language courses

Important: Students who have already taken any of the courses listed above may apply those credits to their Junior and Senior level requirements. 

A sample schedule for a Global Studies student might look like this:

Junior Year:
Global Studies Seminar; Middle Eastern History; English III: Perspectives in World Literature; Spanish III; plus three credits and a study hall

Senior Year: 
Human Geography; Civil Rights and Liberties; Irish Literature; Hyphen-American Literature; Spanish IV; plus three credits and a study hall
Another sample schedule for a Global Studies student might look like this:

Junior Year:
Global Studies Seminar; History Research Seminar: Material Culture; English III: Perspectives in World Literature; German III; plus three credits and a study hall

Senior Year: 
Economics; Caribbean Literature; Literature of Post-Colonial Africa; Environmental Science; Buddhism; plus 2.5 credits and a study hall

Global experience

The Global Experience requirement requires students to engage significantly in an activity conducted outside of the classroom and with a global focus. These global experiences can be fulfilled locally, domestically, or abroad and must include a significant educational or service component. The Global Experience does not need to be School-sponsored, but it must be approved in advance by the Global Studies director. Students will submit proposals for their Global Experience following admission to the program.

Global Horizon project

All Pennington seniors participate in the Horizon senior internship program. Students in the Global Studies Certificate Program will choose a Horizon project that has a global focus, and which will serve as their capstone project for the Global Studies program. Each student will present his or her project to the larger School community.

CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES

Dec. 13 International Student Summit

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia invites ALL Pennington Upper School students to participate in the 2016 International Student Summit on Tuesday, December 13, 2016, which will simulate emergency multinational talks to develop a response to North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction program. The spread of nuclear, biological, chemical and radioactive weapons poses a grave threat to global security. One of the world's most secretive and unpredictable nations, North Korea (DPRK) maintains an active nuclear weapons program and an extensive stockpile of biological and chemical weapons. Recently, DPRK has conducted top-secret tests of these weapons and has engaged in increased military provocations of its neighbors.

Representing a country that is affected by North Korea's WMD programs and possible export of nuclear materials and missile technology to hostile states and terrorist groups, student delegates will be tasked with finding a strategy to prevent the proliferation of WMDs. The goal of the summit is to find a resolution that will restore peace and stability across the region.

The Summit will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 13. The cost is $50 per student. Students will be excused from school and Pennington will provide transportation to Temple University, where the summit will meet.

For more information or to register, follow this link: http://www.wacphila.org/education/high_school_programs/2016_international_student_summit or contact Kendra Sisserson, ksisserson@pennington.org.

 

 

FAQ

Q

What is the cost of this program?

A

There are no specific costs associated with the Global Studies Certificate Program. The requirements for the global experience and the global Horizon project can be met without overnight travel.

Q

Who should apply to the program?

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All Pennington sophomores and juniors who are interested in world affairs and in making a contribution to the larger world we share are good candidates for this program. We welcome all students in those grades to apply!

Q

Is the Global Studies Certificate Program an honors-level course of study?

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No. All course requirements can be met without the need to take an honors-level class. We encourage all interested sophomores and juniors to apply for the program!

Q

I do not take a world language but I am very interested in global affairs. May I apply to the Global Studies Certificate Program?

A

The language requirement for the Global Studies Certificate Program may be waived for students in the Center for Learning, or on a case-by-case basis. This waiver will be determined by the Global Studies committee.

Q

I have already taken some of the courses on the list. Do those classes count toward the requirement for the certificate?

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Yes. You will receive credit toward the Global Studies Certificate for any classes on the list of approved Tier I and Tier II classes that you have previously completed at Pennington. This includes world language classes.