Global Studies Program

Darlington School

Global Studies Program

As globalization becomes increasingly relevant in our daily lives, Darlington has designed a program of academic study, experiential learning outside the classroom and international travel that helps students become global citizens. Graduates of Darlington’s Global Studies Program will have developed an understanding of world issues from different perspectives, a sense of their own roles as global citizens, and empathy for problems facing the world community.

Students who meet all the requirements of the program by March of their senior year will graduate with a Global Studies Certificate in addition to their Darlington diploma.

Program Requirements

Students on the Global Studies track will be required to…


Take a Global Issues/International Law course, which provides a foundation for understanding major global issues that are shaping the future. Global Issues will consist of a study of the global crisis map, studying present and recent past crises, including political, military, cultural/ethnic, environmental, economic, race, and gender-related issues. International Law will cover topics such as international humanitarian law/law of armed conflict, law of the sea and air space, the functioning of the United Nations (including when law and morality appear to conflict), law relating to combating terrorism, and law related to interrogation and torture.


Take AP Comparative Government and Politics their senior year. This course focuses on government forms and practices outside of the United States.


Complete three years of a world language in high school. Students who complete Level 3 by their sophomore year will be required to take one of the following their junior year: French 4, Spanish 4, AP Spanish Language and Culture or AP Spanish Literature and Culture.


In grades 11 and 12, students must participate in Model UN, which includes attending club meetings and the second-session iPeriod. In addition, attendance at the competition is required. Freshmen and sophomores are also highly encouraged to participate.


Travel abroad, conduct research and complete a documentary project designed to experience other cultures and societies in an authentic way, while making new connections and exploring global issues. Students will submit a proposal to the world languages department chair for an international travel experience that aligns with the goals of the program. Once approved, the student will complete a video documentary project with a presentation component. The project is due on Feb. 1 of the student’s senior year.


Present documentary project to the Darlington Community at the Global Studies “Screen on the Green” event in March. This is a showcase screening of senior candidates’ capstone project: video documentaries investigating global issues abroad. After presenting, students will engage the community in a question and answer session about their experiences abroad.

For more information about Darlington School’s Global Studies Program, please contact Crystal Cleveland.





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