Global Studies Concentration
In support of the School's Mission Statement, Tampa Prep offers an interdisciplinary Global Studies Concentration for rising 10th grade students who are passionate about international issues. This concentration requires students to select classes from a body of relevant coursework that lies at the heart of the interdisciplinary focus. In addition, students are required to participate in one of several extracurricular activities that complement the program. Participants must also attend a manageable selection of related events. The underlying goal is to equip graduating students with a range of experiences that prepare them for further opportunities in these interdisciplinary fields, while also completing Tampa Prep’s graduation requirements. Students who successfully complete all requirements for a Concentration will be recognized at graduation.
- Application and acceptance into the Concentration
- Completion of the core curriculum
- Completion of two additional Global Studies credits
- Regular participation in an approved activity
- Must attend at least one Model United Nations conference before graduation
- Must attend all scheduled on-campus events and one off-campus event each semester
- Host an international student
- Participation in at least one approved study/travel abroad program
- Completion of an approved culminating research project
- Maintain a minimum overall unweighted 3.0 GPA in Global Studies courses (pertains to the Class of 2017 and beyond)
- All exceptions to these requirements must be approved by the Global Studies Committee
- Rising 10th grade students must submit an application by a pre-determined deadline to the Global Studies Committee, stating their desire to participate in the Concentration and agreeing to the terms of the program.
2. Participating students must complete the following core curriculum by graduation
- World History 1
- World History 2 or AP World History
- US History or AP US History
- English 9
- English 10
- English 11
- English 12
- Four-year minimum
- Can be three years in one language and one in a second language, or four in the same language
3. Participating students must complete at least TWO credits of these courses by the end of 12th grade:
- AP Art History (1.0)
- Economics (1.0)
- AP Economics (1.0)
- AP European History (1.0)
- Estudios Latinoamericanos (0.5)
- Latin American Studies (0.5)
- Francophone Studies (0.5)
- Advanced French Conversation Through Film (0.5)
- World Religions (0.5)
- Contemporary Issues (0.5)
- Cultural Anthropology (0.5)
- Other courses approved by the Global Studies Committee
4. Students must be a regular, yearly participant in ONE of the following activities:
- International Club
- Environmental Club
- Model United Nations (M.U.N.)
- A Tampa Prep world or classical language club
- Any additional club approved by the Global Studies Committee
5. Students must attend at least ONE Model United Nations conference before graduating
6. Students must attend all scheduled on-campus events and one off-campus event each semester
- There will be a variety of offerings each semester
- After each event students must submit an artifact from the event (if off-campus) and a written reflection of the event to the Global Studies Committee within five days of attending the event
7. Students must host an international student at least once during their Global Studies Concentration (by the end of 12th grade)
- Host a Tampa Prep international exchange student for a semester or a year
(Host families will be provided with a substantial monthly stipend to defer costs of hosting a student)
- Host a shorter-term visiting exchange student
8. Students must participate in at least ONE approved study/travel abroad program during their Global Studies Concentration (by the end of 12th grade)
- Program must be a minimum of ten days in length
9. Students must complete a culminating Global Research Project that is approved by the Global Studies Committee
- Students must present their research in a public forum
10. Students must maintain a minimum overall unweighted 3.0 GPA in Global Studies courses. In addition, students are encouraged to pursue a global studies oriented Senior Internship
The deadline for 2018-19 Program applicants is now CLOSED.Candidates for the Global Studies Program are required to:
- Read the program overview and curriculum criteria (left).
- Complete the Global Studies Application form.
- Obtain two recommendations, one of which must come from a current teacher. Please direct references to the Global Studies Recommendation Form.
Please direct any questions about these requirements to Global Studies Coordinator Mrs. Laura Bridges-Pereira at email@example.com or 813.251.8481 x4249.
ALUMNUS SUCCESS STORY
By the end of his senior year, Quah had completed 12 credits in World Languages, taking every language at every level that Tampa Prep had to offer.
RAMMI QUAH, CLASS OF 2017
Rammi Quah has always been interested in global cultures and “people all over the world.” So when Tampa Prep introduced its Global Studies Concentration, Quah applied immediately in grade 10. By the end of his senior year he had completed 12 credits in World Languages, taking every language at every level that Tampa Prep had to offer.
One might think that living in a multicultural household inspired Quah to learn more languages but, he says, “My dad is from Malaysia and speaks Hokkien Chinese, and my mom is from Jordan so she speaks Arabic, but neither of them knows how to speak the other, so we all just spoke English at home. But I definitely want to learn Arabic and Chinese. I just love languages more than anything else in the world.”
It turns out that travel is, in fact, what inspires Quah to want to learn more about the world. “One of the best experiences in my life was the senior year spring break trip to France,” he says. “We saw a lot of [the country] and learned a lot. I’m obsessed with Bretan culture and language,” he says, speaking of Brittany, France’s northwesternmost region. “The food was the best, and I finally found books on the Brittany language which I brought home to devour.”
Quah graduated Tampa Prep as valedictorian and now attends Emory University as a Linguistics major. ”I’m constantly breaking down languages and sentences in my head. Spanish has helped me because it’s prevalent and I can use it. French not as much because I barely run into anyone who speaks French. Latin helped because I took Portuguese this semester [his freshman year]. Taking all three at Prep has made it easier to learn other languages.”
After completing his freshman year at Emory, Quah can say unequivocally that Tampa Prep and the Global Studies concentration academically prepared him for college. “I didn’t feel as much of a workload jump [going from high school to college],” he says. “My difficulties have been more about college life and managing time and sorting my life out and growing up.”
Anyone who has visited a foreign country knows that cultural immersion is a magnificent education and a fast track to self-awareness. With Quah on a mission to conquer the globe one country at a time, no doubt his collegiate adjustment period will soon be behind him.
He mentions that he is considering double majoring in Linguistics and International Studies as well as attending grad school. “I want to do something in the realm of global culture. Something that lets me experience and do good in the world.”