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Global Studies at Pennington

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, Head of school

Global Studies Mission and Outcomes

The mission of the Global Studies Program at The Pennington School, through the Global Studies certificate, travel opportunities, and campus-wide initiatives, is to support and enhance our informed, active, and ethical participation in global ideas, issues, and communities, both at home and abroad.

The outcomes of the program:

  • Exercise agency as informed, purposeful, and compassionate global citizens

  • Embrace diversity and the value a community derives from its differences as well as its shared humanity

  • Listen and speak with empathy and integrity

  • Explore the world with curiosity and receptivity, carrying forth an awareness of their own perspectives and a willingness to learn from the world outside their home environment

Global Opportunities

View all current extracurricular opportunities for Global Studies students.

Latest News

Calling all sophomores! Considering a career, further study, or hobbies in the sciences or in the international world? Did you know that Pennington offers two signature academic certificate programs that can enrich your time at Pennington and help you connect with others who enjoy similar pursuits? Applications are now open to ALL interested sophomores for the Global Studies Certificate Program and the Applied Science Certificate Program. Focused on the practical sciences and on global citizenship, these programs offer specialized courses and extracurricular opportunities to help you explore and deepen your interests.

Applications are due February 19, 2021; programs begin during spring of your sophomore year and culminate in an academic certificate awarded with your diploma at your graduation. Questions should go to Dr. Sisserson (Global Studies), or Ms. Wirsig (Applied Science).

Read more about Global Studies and Applied Science Certificate Applications

On January 8, Praveen Vijayakumar gave a presentation, “Stories from the Tamil Diaspora,” as part of the Global Studies Speaker Series. Vijayakumar, who is a doctoral student in the South Asian Studies Department at the University of Pennsylvania, studies the ways worlds collide and create new communities. He shared with the students his personal experiences as a member of the Tamil diaspora.

Read more about Praveen Vijayakumar speaks on the Tamil diaspora