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Academy of Global Studies

Today’s complex and interconnected world presents significant challenges. Will the next generation be informed and prepared enough to identify and implement solutions to these challenges?

Academy of Global Studies (AGS), launched in 2011, represents one of Parish’s signature programs which tailor learning to the specific interests of its students. AGS affords a select group of Upper School students the opportunity to direct their passion for global issues into generating meaningful solutions for the challenges facing the world today. It stands to produce a corps of globally-attuned graduates prepared to be the impactful international leaders of tomorrow.

Students are accepted to the Academy of Global Studies as rising ninth graders and engage in a four-year program which complements their experience in our traditional course of study. 

Four components of AGS


AGS Coursework includes:

  • a freshman seminar on global issues
  • summer reading and writing on student-selected global topics
  • a "link" assignment where students connect concepts studied in a core course to the global issue they have chosen to study in depth
  • a culminating capstone research paper
  • a senior studio course with emphasis on the digital design and publication of capstone projects

Community Service

AGS students complete their required community service hours at internationally focused organizations. Various opportunities exist through the AGS service experience for students to create their own service or non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Extra-curricular Activities

AGS has forged strong partnerships with various organizations, including the DFW World Affairs Council, the Bush Library and Museum, and other internationally oriented organizations. Through these partnerships, AGS students have access to a variety of educational opportunities, including the Tate Lecture Series at SMU, the AGS Distinguished Speaker Series, conferences and workshops. Parish hosts events on campus and connects students to events across the metroplex. 

AGS students are members of Parish’s Junior World Affairs Council and required to participate in a designated number of sponsored educational activities each year.

The following list represents just a sample of the speakers that Parish has recently sponsored on campus through our partnerships:

  • Walheed Rashid, Co-founder of the Egyptian April 6th Youth Movement
  • Evan Thomas, Ferris Professor of Journalism, Princeton University
  • Ryan Crocker, U.S. Ambassador

Capstone Project

  • identify global issues of interest
  • generate an annotated bibliography of resources
  • craft thesis statements
  • write capstone papers
  • create final presentations

In addition to writing a comprehensive research paper that aligns closely with Parish’s commitment to foster critical thinking, creativity and cogent communication, AGS students are given the freedom to select the creative format in which they present their paper to the editorial board. Options include:

  • digitally rendered presentations
  • artistic expressions
  • product prototypes
  • public service announcement
  • short documentary films