Global Studies and Service
Established in 2008, the Global Studies and Service Department (GSS) reflects Taft’s commitment to preparing students to become global citizens. Through course work, co-curricular programs, and service to communities both local and global, GSS students develop self-awareness, fluency in a plurality of perspectives, act as stewards of the environment, and effect change as active citizens in order to advance causes of equity and justice.
Students may also choose to craft an individualized pathway through Taft with a more global emphasis for their studies. Launched in 2014, our Global Studies and Service Diploma program combines rigorous course work with service at home and abroad. Students who successfully complete all GSS program requirements are awarded the GSS Diploma at commencement.
Students in the GSS program gain skills in understanding the self, understanding others and contexts, and engaging in social action.