Institute for Global and Cultural Studies (IGCS) at Wheaton High School

Global Studies Academy 

Contact Information

Tobii Mason 
Academy Leader


Wheaton High School’s Humanities Academy

 What is the Global Studies Academy?

Wheaton High School has one of the few Global Studies Academy (GSA) in Montgomery County. This unique interdisciplinary program prepares students to emerge into the workforce as culturally responsible global citizens. Through the liberal arts and humanities-based courses, which could include the performing arts, visual arts, and cultural studies, students are exposed to global issues and are challenged to understand and appreciate the many different cultures and histories of the world and its people. GSA students are expected to think critically and solve real-world problems through Project Based Learning. GSA motivates its academy students to explore the endless possibilities in our world, develop a global citizenship, prepare to be college and career ready, and be leaders in our global society.

Recommended Global Studies Academy Pathway

Grade 9

Grade 10

Grade 11

Grade 12


English 9/ Honors


English 10/ Honors


English 11/ Honors/ AP


English 12/ Honors/ AP


Algebra 2/ Honors or

Geometry/ Honors or

Algebra 1


Pre-calculus/ Honors or

Algebra 2/ Honors or

Geometry/ Honors


AP Calculus AB/ BC or

Pre-calculus/ Honors or

Algebra 2/ Honors


AP Statistics/ Multivariable Calculus or

AP Calculus AB/ BC or

Pre-calculus/ Honors


Honors Biology,

Honors Physics, or

AP Physics I


Honors Chemistry

Honors Biology


Honors Chemistry

Honors Physics

AP Physics I


AP Physics and/ or

other AP Science

Social Studies

U.S. History/ Honors/ AP

Social Studies

National, State, & Local Government / Honors/ AP

Social Studies

Modern World History/ Honors/ AP

College Coursework

World Language

World Language1

World Language1

Physical Education and Free Elective

Academy Coursework

Introduction to Engineering Design

Academy Coursework

Principles of Engineering

Academy Coursework

Digital Electronics

Academy Coursework

Engineering Design and Development

Physical Education

Health and Elective Coursework2

Academy Coursework

Aerospace Engineering or

Civil Engineering and Architecture

Fine Arts

1 World Language: French Italian, Spanish, or Chinese (choose one language).

2 Elective Coursework: Fine Arts/ Music (choose as needed).

Summer Enrichment or Internship Suggested in the summer between Grade 11 and 12. Students find their own internship.


Menu of Course Offerings

Global Studies Academy Completer Requirements:


Complete at least 4 full credits of Global Studies Academy courses -

not to include the required High School Graduation Requirements.


Recommended Core GSA Courses

9th Grade GSA Fundamentals Course (Both Semesters)

Global Issues A & B

12th Grade GSA Capstone Course (Both Semesters)

Student Leadership A & B


Cultural Studies

Global Studies

Language Studies




Peace Studies1

AP Physchology2

AP Human Geography2

Latin American History1

East Asian History1

Africa South of the Sahara1

African American History1

Creative Writing 1

African American Literature 1

Yearbook 1/ 2 is preferred

TV Production 1 or 2

Any World Language Course aboce the required 2.0 Credits

Any AP World Language 2




Digital Art 1 or 2

Draw & Design 1 or 2

Ceramics 1/ 2/ 3 - 1 or 2

Digital Advanced Studio 1 or 2

Studio Art 1/ 2/ 3 - 1 or 2

AP Studio Art 1 or 2

Theater 1 - 1 or 2

Theater 2 - 1 or 2

Stage Design 1 o 2

Advanced Acting 1 or 2

Chorus 1/ 2/ 3 - 1 or 2

Music & Technology 1/ 2 - 1 or 2

Piano 1/ 2 - 1 or 2

Guitar 1/ 2 - 1 or 2

Beginning Orchestra 1 or 2

Concert Band 1 or 2

Orchestra 1 or 2

Jazz Band 1 or 2

Concert Orchestra 1 or 2

Physical Education

Dance / Fine Arts

Broadening Opportunities

Any Specialty PE course above the required 1.0 PE Credits

Dance 1/ 2 - 1 or 2

Internship 1 or 2

Montgomery College Courses 1 or 2