Signature Program: Humanities and Global Studies

Humanities and Global Studies

  • Produce a documentary about the role of microfinancing and business education for women in struggling communities.
  • Explore the global refugee crisis and its impact locally.
  • Teach middle schoolers of the importance of creating a culture of tolerance in support of LGBTQ students.

These are just a few of the many fascinating projects in the Humanities and Global Studies (HGS) Capstone program.

Interdisciplinary studies of social studies, literature, language and the arts create an environment for students to develop and enrich their global competence. The Humanities & Global Studies program fosters an interconnected view of cultures as a means of considering solutions to global challenges and effecting change.

Lower and Middle School student learn to connect their studies to real-world events and people through early reading and project-based learning. Field trips, research projects, guest speakers and more bring book study to life.

Fourth graders cap a year of studying immigration by visiting Ellis Island and researching an oral history project. The annual Global Village event highlights the diversity of our own community via exhibit tables, demonstrations, food and dress. Middle School students may join the Model UN Club to investigate geopolitical conflicts or participate in National History Day to investigate a topic of interest.

Extracurricular trips for Middle and Upper School students open up the world. Trip options have included studying history in Quebec, studying marine ecology in the Florida Keys, renovating a school in Cambodia and performing in musical exchanges in Cuba.

In Upper School, juniors may take the Honors American Humanities Seminar which combines AP English Language and Composition with U.S. History. Students examine the social, economic, political and cultural heritage of the U.S. through a combination of primary and secondary sources and representative works of literature and art. The course emphasizes close critical analysis, responsible oral discourse and expository writing.

Language study, social studies courses, curriculum-based experiential learning programs and community service initiatives also come together in the HGS program, which culminates in the senior Capstone. They develop a year-long experience to explore a global challenge and develop a project that examines possible solutions or change.

I hope to keep the discussion going, to change the culture and eliminate stigmas, and encourage students to stay open-minded. Over time, we can make a real difference in creating a welcoming world for all.

Julia Lowenthal ’17

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