The World Perspectives Program, k-12, empowers students to become global citizens through experiential learning, transcultural exploration, and academic research on global issues.
"Presenting a Global Thesis equipped me with skills that have served me to this day. I am much more aware of a public speaker’s responsibility to engage his or her audience. I draw from the program’s help with formulating an argument each time I write a paper in college.”
- Charlie Salmans, ’13, Political Science Major, The University of Chicago.
The World Perspectives Program offers students opportunities to develop the skills and knowledge necessary for effective global citizenship. Transcultural exploration in the Lower and Middle Schools gives students their first exposure to “world perspectives.” By graduation, they have traveled abroad or studied off-campus, grappled with the complexities of our globalized world in their academic work, and developed proficiency in at least one foreign language.
Students with a special interest in international affairs can pursue a Diploma with a Concentration in Global Studies. This concentration is offered through the Upper School Global Studies Department, which also offers courses such as Global Thesis, International Relations (also taught in Spanish), Challenge 20/20, Arabic Language and Culture, and Big Histories of the World.
International travel opportunities are available for all students to immerse themselves in the issues and perspectives of other cultures. Off-campus study programs are available to sophomores and juniors for a semester or a year. Faculty members can apply for summer travel grants to study a specific area of interest that will enrich the life of their classroom.
We are proud of our graduates who have gone on to study and work in areas such as international affairs, political science, environmental studies and business management.
Victor Llanque Zonta
Director of the World Perspectives Program and Global Studies Department