Signature Programs

Global Scholar Diploma

The FVS Global Scholar Diploma challenges students to develop an international perspective through a curriculum and set of experiences that focus on global understanding. Students who earn the GSD will have the knowledge, skills and attitudes to grasp the nature of global interdependence, and pursue education and careers in the international arena. GSD students and faculty collaborate in moving beyond mere tolerance of diversity in our school and local community to genuine engagement as school and world citizens.

See a list of capstone projects for the Class of 2017.


List of 7 items.

  • Checklist and Requirements

    Download a detailed document explaining the Global Scholar Diploma goals and requirements.
  • Courses

    Complete 5.5 or more credits from an approved selection of courses with a global component. These classes can be from across departments, including history, English, ESL, languages, science, art and economics. The GSD capstone project is also required.
  • Club

    Active participation in a globally or culturally focused club such as International Club, French Club, Global Affairs Forum, Hispanic Honor Society, Chinese Club, etc.
  • Community Service

    Participation in community service project that requires direct encounters with individuals from other countries or cultures. This can include service projects off campus or on Interim.
  • Interim

    Interim or equivalent international immersion experience
  • Events

    Attend global speaker/film events and submit reflections on each subject
  • Capstone Course

    This course is the capstone for students who have met the requirements of the Global Scholar Diploma. During the first four weeks of the semester, students meet as a class to discuss essays and interviews on the topics of globalization and citizenship from an interdisciplinary perspective. Several guest speakers with experience in international affairs will join the students. After this introduction, students will work individually on their projects guided by one-on-one tutorial sessions. Projects culminate in a community presentation.

GSD Faculty

List of 1 members.

  • Susan Carrese 

    Pomona College - B.A.
    Oxford University - M.A.
    Oxford University - Ph.D.
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Capstone Projects

Class of 2017 Capstone Presentations
Class of 2017 Annotated Bibliography Class of 2016 capstone project papers*
Class of 2016 GSD essays
Class of 2014 capstone project papers*
*You may not cite these papers without the author's permission.
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