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. The Certificate in Global Studies is awarded at Commencement in June.
The program 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.
- .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: Caribbean Literature; Literature of Postcolonial Africa; Irish Literature; Gender and Society; Hyphen-American Literature; War Literature
History/Social Studies: Revolutionary Innovations; International Politics; East Asian History; AP Modern European History; Middle East History; Civil Rights and Liberties
Religion: Buddhism; Rhythm of the Sacred; World Philosophy; Religion and Ecology
Arts: Junior- or senior-level arts courses that include global perspectives in their examination of artists, schools, or media
Science: Environmental Science
World Languages: All language courses
A sample schedule for a Global Studies student might look like this:
Human Geography; Civil Rights and Liberties; Irish Literature; Hyphen-American Literature; Spanish IV; plus three credits and a study hall
Economics; Caribbean Literature; Literature of Post-Colonial Africa; Environmental Science; Buddhism; plus 2.5 credits and a study hall
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.
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.
Global Studies Opportunities
Heifer Global Village
Located in Sharpsburg, Maryland, the Heifer Global Village is a camp comprised of replica homesteads from around the world, with authentic features like outdoor water pumps, animal pens, dirt floors, thatched roofs, communal cookfires. These homes represent impoverished areas around the globe where Heifer International works to eradicate hunger and poverty. Global Studies students are invited to a Gateway Weekend (Saturday, May 19, through Sunday, May 20). The event is designed to help participants delve into the causes and effects of these global issues. In this role-playing simulation, students will become “citizens” of a particular house for the evening and must work together to prepare their own meals, keep their houses, care for their animals and crops, and spend the night in their homestead.
The cost is $50 per student; transportation will be on passenger coach. Please follow the links to read more about Heifer’s Global Village or about the Heifer International organization. Sign up by Monday, April 30, by clicking here.
Supplies: A packing list will be provided. No specific camping gear is needed; plan on for a sleeping bag, clothing, water bottle, and bug spray. Priority will be given to Global Studies students in the class of 2020, but all GS students are welcome.
Click here to view all current off-campus opportunities for Global Studies.
- What is the cost of this program?
- Who should apply to the program?
- Is the Global Studies Certificate Program an honors-level course of study?
- I do not take a world language but I am very interested in global affairs. May I apply to the Global Studies Certificate Program?
- I have already taken some of the courses on the list. Do those classes count toward the requirement for the certificate?