Global Studies Certificate
Through direct experience, travel, and study, Highland’s Global Studies Program seeks to produce global citizens who have acquired a deeper understanding of world cultures and global issues.
The capstone of the program is an experiential, service, or academic project demonstrating in-depth knowledge of a global issue or problem. Through the Global Studies Program, students earn a certificate of recognition for their achievement.
Highland's Global Studies program requires students to earn points in four key "pillars of enlightenment." Those four pillars are as follows:
- Language Requirement (500 points)
- Cultural Requirement (300 points)
- Experiential/Service/Academic Project Requirement
- Project Presentation
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:
Completion of 3rd year of language study in a first language
(meets Highland’s foreign language requirement)
First year of second language
Additional years of either language
Independent study at Highland
Highland international student
Native speaker of third language (non-International student)
Immersion Program (3-6 wks.)
Exchange Program (min. 2 wks.)
Summer Study/Governor’s School
Internet Classes (credit through Highland)
CD-ROM (e.g. Rosetta Stone)
50 per level
Computer Apps (e.g. DuoLingo)
50 pts to level 25
Private Tutor (see tutor form)
Language Club (active member) (see club form)
#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.
Exchange Program (hosting 50 & going 50)
International Family Travel (diary/photos)
International School Travel (diary/photos)
Participation in an international service activity (e.g. with school, church, scouts)
Personal interaction with students abroad (w/documentation)
Non-language club with international/diversity focus (club form)
Internship with an international focus
Employment with an international focus
Independent Study with an international focus
Model UN: participate in at least one conference
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
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.
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.