Global Studies Certificate

Through direct experience, travel, and study, Highland’s Global Studies Program allows students to acquire a deeper understanding of world cultures and global issues.

The capstone of Highland's Global Studies program is an experiential, service or academic project demonstrating in-depth knowledge of a global issue or problem. The Global Studies Program allows students to earn a certificate in recognition of their achievement.

Highland's Global Studies program requires students to earn points in four key "pillars of enlightenment." Those four pillars are as follows:

  1. Language Requirement (500 points)
  2. Cultural Requirement (300 points)
  3. Experiential/Service/Academic Project Requirement
  4. Project Presentation 
For a complete description of each of the four pillars of enlightenment, please click on any of the expanding boxes below:
 

1. Language requirements: 500 points

Students are required to have 500 points in foreign language study to complete the certificate.  These points may be accumulated in a number of ways:  language classes at Highland, immersion experiences, or through alternate exposure.  Passing grades, certificates of completion or the appropriate documentation are required.

Highland Language Study:

Points

Completion of 3rd year of language study in a first language   

(meets Highland’s foreign language requirement)  

300

First year of second language

150

Additional years of either language

100

Independent study at Highland

100

 

 

Immersion Experience:

 

Year Abroad 

200

Highland international student

200

Semester Abroad

100

Native speaker of third language (non-International student)

100

Immersion Program (3-6 wks.)

100

Exchange Program (min. 2 wks.)

100

Summer Study/Governor’s School

100

 

 

Alternate Exposure:

 

Internet Classes       (credit through Highland)

100

CD-ROM (e.g. Rosetta Stone)

50 per level

Computer Apps (e.g. DuoLingo)

50 pts to level 25

Private Tutor               (see tutor form)

50

Language Club (active member)    (see club form)

50

2. Cultural requirements: 300 points

#2 Cultural Requirements:  300 Points

Students are required to have 300 points in their cultural study to complete the certificate.  These points may be accumulated in a number of ways.  Passing grades, certificates of completion or the appropriate documentation are required. When there is overlap of experience between the language and cultural categories, students may choose which category to use for their points but may not count the points for both categories.

Year Abroad

200

Exchange Program (hosting 50 & going 50)

100

International Family Travel (diary/photos)

50-100*

International School Travel (diary/photos)

50-100*

Participation in an international service activity                      (e.g. with school, church, scouts)

 

50-100*

Personal interaction with students abroad (w/documentation)
(e.g. pen pal, video correspondence, etc.)

50

Non-language club with international/diversity focus (club form)

50

Internship with an international focus

50-100*

Employment with an international focus        

50-100*

Independent Study with an international focus                         

50-100*

Model UN: participate in at least one conference

50

Hosting an Exchange Student  

100 per sem. (up to 200pts)

Social Sciences/Literature non-required Electives

(e.g. AP World History, AP European, art history)           

100 per sem. (up to 200pts)


*points subject to nature of experiences

 

3. Experiential/service/academic project

No later than at the beginning of the junior year, the student, with the advisor’s guidance, will design a project that will allow her/him to pursue a particular area of interest while at the same time allowing him/her to demonstrate language and cultural understanding gained from the first two pillars.  The project may include an experience or service-based project in another country, or a research-based paper.  The project is subject to approval by the Global Studies Committee and should be concerned with a global issue or problem which leads the student to a solution or conclusion.

4. Project presentation

The student must present his/her project to a group of students and teachers upon completion. Usually this is in the form of an all-school assembly scheduled for January or February of her/his senior year.

  • To download a complete listing of Global Studies Program requirements, click on this link.
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