Requirements and Course Descriptions

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Requirements for the Global Studies Academy Certificate
Global Studies Academy
American Nicaraguan School

(Class of 2016 – Class of 2019)

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  • Students must declare their interest in pursuing the Global Studies Academy Certificate by the beginning of their junior year in high school.
  • Students must meet all of the regular requirements for graduation from ANS.
  • Students must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher in order to receive the certificate upon graduation from ANS.
  • Students must complete the Senior Capstone Project (students receiving the Global Studies Certificate must have their project approved by Mrs. Lopez).
    Students must participate in at least one international travel experience organized by ANS.
  • Participation in HACIA Democracy, Model United Nations, or Global Issues Network (GIN).
  • Students are required to take five courses from the following list.
    • Introduction to Global Studies*
    • STEM elective
    • Philosophy or Sociology
    • French I or Chinese I
    • Art II, Architectural Design, or Music II
    • AP Comparative Politics & Government** or AP Human Geography**
    • World Films

Subject to change each year depending on course offerings.

* All students in the program are required to take Global Studies.
** All students in the program are required to take either AP Comparative Politics & Government or AP Human Geography.

(Beginning with Class of 2020)

Requirements for the Global Studies Academy Certificate
Global Studies Academy
American Nicaraguan School
(Beginning with Class of 2020)

  • Students must declare their interest in pursuing the Global Studies Academy Certificate by the beginning of their freshman year in high school.
  • Students must meet all of the regular requirements for graduation from ANS.
  • Students must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher in order to receive the certificate upon graduation from ANS.
  • Students must participate in at least one international travel experience organized by ANS.
    • Participation in HACIA Democracy, Model United Nations, or Global Issues Network (GIN).
  • Students will take three classes from the approved AP list & three classes from the approved elective list (found below).
  • Of the six classes taken from the approved AP and elective lists, at least four classes must be from the same field of study (STEM or Liberal Arts).
  • Students must complete a minimum of 70 hours of approved community service by the end of twelfth grade.
  • Students must complete the Senior Capstone Project (students receiving the Global Studies Certificate must have their project approved by Mrs. Lopez).

Approved AP List
AP Biology
AP Physics
AP Calculus
AP English Literature
AP Spanish Literature
AP U.S. History
AP Economics
AP Comparative Politics & Government
AP Human Geography
AP Environmental Science
AP Chinese
AP French
*Subject to change each year depending on course offerings.

Approved Electives List
Art II
Guitar II
Architectural Design
Chinese III
French III
Philosophy
Sociology
Global Studies
Graphic Design
Fundamentals of Engineering
Introduction to Robotics
World Films
*Subject to change each year depending on course offerings.

Designated Course Descriptions

AP Comparative Government and Politics

AP Comparative Government & Politics

This course covers in-depth analysis of the countries of UK, Russia, China, Iran, Mexico, and Nigeria. To this backdrop is added an emphasis on world societal issues, particularly the change-developments over time, as well as the “thematic focus” on Sovereignty, Authority, and Power, Political Institutions, Citizens, Society, and the State, Political and Economic Change, Public Policy.

Introduction to Global Studies

Introduction to Global Studies

This course introduces students to globalization, the interconnections among people and places as a result of this phenomenon and various challenges within each thematic area. Topics include: processes of globalization, indicators of economic and social development, sustainable development issues, global and geo-politics, cultural integration/coherence and diversity.

Environmental Science

Environmental Science

This course provides students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them. Environmental science is interdisciplinary; it embraces a wide variety of topics from different areas of study. Yet there are several major unifying constructs, or themes, that cut across the many topics included in the study of environmental science. The following themes provide a foundation for the structure of the Environmental Science course. Science is a process. Energy conversions underlie all ecological processes. The Earth itself is one interconnected system. Humans alter natural systems. Environmental problems have a cultural and social context. Human survival depends on developing practices that will achieve sustainable systems.

AP Human Geography

AP Human Geography

This course enables students to learn and utilize geographic processes to systematically study patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface. Students will utilize spatial concepts and landscape investigation to analyze human social organization and its environmental consequences. They also gain knowledge of the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice. Students’ evaluation and analysis of primary and secondary sources shape and develop writing and reading skills, Students’ interpretive analyses are presented in free-response essays, oral presentations, currents events and research assignments; all focusing on the fundamental concepts of geography.

World Films

This course explores some of the past and current influences of motion pictures on cultures and societies all over the world. The focus for the quarter will be on specific works from countries such as South Africa, Denmark, India, Japan and more. Students will study comedies, dramas and musicals, analyzing acting, directing and editing styles as they vary from country to country, as well as exploring the effects of movies on those societies and whether they have had an impact on other societies. The class will consist largely of Foreign Film Analyses, plus lectures, discussions, classwork, quizzes and homework assignments.

Chinese I

Chinese I

In this course students learn the pinyin system. As students master 350 words for listening and speaking and over 170 characters for reading and 100 characters for writing, students will be able to use simple sentences and ask questions.

French I

French I

In this course students learn how say things about themselves, what they like and dislike, family, friends and school. They also learn how to order food in a restaurant. Students focus on verbal and written expression and comprehension. Students also participate in Francophonie Celebrations in March.

Philosophy

Philosophy

This course examines, what has largely been considered, the most fundamental questions of human existence. Relying on our rational and logical skills, we will study what many philosophers believe to be the answers to these deeply puzzling issues.

Sociology

Sociology

This course focuses on the study of human interaction and human group behavior in modern societies. This course covers the following concepts which are basic to sociology: (1) culture and social structure (2) the individual in society, (3) social inequality, (4) social institutions, and (5) changing social world, as related to sociology.

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Lomas de Monserrat
Managua, Nicaragua

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