Global Studies Certificate

Is the world flat? Based on their exposure to many cultures, research into world issues and opportunities to help those in need in other countries, Canterbury students would say, “Yes.”

Because of the ongoing interest of students and the importance of growing up understanding how we each impact the world around us, the school implemented a Global Studies Certificate Program in 2007. Participating students receive the certification at graduation. Certification is contingent on both the successful completion of the requirements and a review by the Global Studies faculty committee. Certification is recorded on the student’s transcript and makes an impact on the college admission process. 

In his best selling book "The World is Flat," Thomas Friedman argues that globalization has changed the way in which we view the world. A reality of life in the 21st Century is that we are now connected, almost daily basis, with people from all over the planet. As a response to our living in an increasingly global society, Canterbury High School seeks to encourage students to gain a heightened awareness and understanding of diverse languages, cultures and new developments related to globalization. While many courses within the formal curriculum connect learning to contemporary issues, the Global Studies Certificate is explicitly designed to guide and reward those students who seek to go beyond the scope of the formal curriculum in acquiring knowledge of global issues. In turn, we would like to recognize formally those students who have broadened their knowledge in these areas as demonstrated by meeting the requirements outlined below.  

Contemporary Issues and Religion Courses

In addition to our current required social studies courses and sophomore religion course, all of which are foundational for such a program, students are required to take at least one of the following courses focused on contemporary issues: Globalization, Understanding World Poverty, The Middle East, The Rise of China, America’s Foreign Policy, Environmental Science or other elective that focuses on international issues.

Foreign Language Courses

Students are required to complete successfully four years of one modern language and two years in a second language: French, Spanish, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese are offered. 

Qualifying Cross-Cultural Experiences

Additionally, students are required to participate in an experience that demonstrates in-depth understanding of or immersion in a different culture.

Students will keep a journal or write a reflection paper of 3-5 pages demonstrating the insights that they have gained through their cross-cultural experience.

Opportunities for cross-cultural experience include the following:

  • IU Honors Program
  • Canterbury Organized Travel Opportunities
    - Australia Exchange
    - Poland Exchange
    - France Trip: Spring Break Immersion
    - Spanish Trip: Spring Break Immersion
    -Japan Trip
  • Other cross-cultural experience, outside of the United States, for a minimum of 12 days during which there is meaningful interaction with people of another culture, to be approved by the committee in advance. 

Independent Study Requirement

Students are required to write a research paper with a minimum length of 15 pages of text on an environmental, political, cultural, social or economic issue with current global significance. Students complete this requirement through the successful completion of the Independent Project.