Global Education Concentration

NEW FOR THE 2017-2018 ACADEMIC YEAR

Rising 9th and 10th graders may choose to declare a global education concentration designed to cultivate globally-minded young adults through coursework, service learning, travel immersion experiences and independent study

As a member of the Global Educators Benchmark Group (GEBG), Solebury School is committed to cultivating globally minded young adults. We believe in GEBG's premise that "the world is an exciting place, and that although divided by time and space, the human race is actually deeply united by its time on earth rather than hopelessly divided by its problems. The discovery of how the world faces its common problems is discovery at the highest levels."

The concentration includes the following requirements, designed for students to deeply engage in and reflect upon global academic courses, cultural events, service learning, travel immersion experiences, and an independent study. "As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, this concentration will prepare students to be active global leaders in college and beyond," says Global Education Director Nicole Mount.

Academics

Students must complete 24 credits total, including 12 credits in non-World Language coursework, one Global Education course each year (full-year or a trimester elective), and one ESL or World Language course each year. Students must have a combined total of 12 credits in junior and senior year.

Global Education course offerings:

  • Archaeology
  • Architecture and Design
  • Art History: Baroque
  • Art History: Modernism
  • Art History: Renaissance
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Honors Environmental Science
  • Honors Ethics
  • International Horror Literature
  • Linguistic Anthropology
  • Moral Conflicts
  • Refugee/Immigrant Literature
  • South African Short Story
  • World History 9
  • World Mythology
  • World Religions

World Language offerings:

  • French I
  • French II
  • French III
  • French IV
  • AP French Language
  • Spanish I
  • Spanish II
  • Spanish III
  • Spanish IV
  • AP Spanish Language


Cultural Events

Students must...

  • attend a minimum of four Solebury School sponsored cultural events per academic year and submit a written reflection.
  • attend a minimum of six non-Solebury School sponsored cultural events per academic year and submit a written reflection.
  • assist in organizing one on-campus cultural event and submit a written reflection.

Examples include: films, museum visits, speakers, performances, workshops, summer courses, festivals


Service Learning

Students must...

  • complete 16 hours of community service with a cultural/global focus per academic year, in addition to our Solebury School requirement. This requirement can be completed as part of a travel immersion experience, if approved by the Global Education Committee.


Travel Immersion Experience

Students must ...

  • complete a minimum of five days spent in a non-native language area, planned through Solebury School or on own (approved by the Global Education Committee). The focus of the trip must consist of more than strictly sightseeing.
  • submit a detailed itinerary and written reflection.
  • make a presentation to the student body and/or Global Education Committee after the trip.


Independent Study

Students must...

  • complete an independent study and/or project during junior or senior year; approved by the Global Education Committee. It can completed during senior project.
  • submit a paper or make a presentation at the conclusion of the study.


Contact

If you have any questions about the concentration, please contact Nicole at nmount@solebury.org.