Course Catalog

All Global Online Academy students work towards mastery of six core competencies:
  1. Collaborate with peers who are not sitting with them on campus.
  2. Communicate and empathize with people living in areas of the world that are culturally different from their own.
  3. Leverage their curiosity to curate and create content that is relevant to real-world issues.
  4. Reflect on and take responsibility for their learning and that of others in an open forum.
  5. Organize their time and tasks to become independent learners.
  6. Interpret assignments and express themselves using a variety of learning tools.

These skills are essential to succeed in a complex, networked world. Linked to course descriptions you’ll find competency-aligned outlines, which are detailed views of the work we do in each course. Want to know more about learning at GOA? Check out our Experience page

Semester dates, 2017-2018
  • Semester 1: Wednesday, August 30 – Friday, December 15, 2017
  • Semester 2: Wednesday, January 17 – Friday, May 4, 2018

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Art, Media and Design

Semester 2
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This skills-based course will explore the creativity, effort, and diversity of techniques required to change people's minds and motivate them to act.

Semester 2
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In this course students will explore the architecture, engineering, and construction of some of the most important buildings from human history. Students will be encouraged to build models of elements of these structures to better understand the construction and engineering behind their design.

Semester 1
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In this course, each student is an artist who utilizes the world of apps, memes, gifs, loops, views, posts, subs, and tweets to build an understanding of how digital art attracts audiences, affects social media platforms, sparks political activism, and transforms wherever you are into a production studio.

Semester 2
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Comprised of a series of "game jams," the course asks students to solve problems and create content, developing the design and technical skills necessary to build their own games.

Semester 1
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This course focuses on the art of shaping real experiences into powerful narratives. Students will examine diverse professional examples of the relevant and evolving genre of creative nonfiction while developing their own original works, reflecting stories from their lives and from the communities around them.

Semester 1
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In a time when anyone and everyone has the right to write and the ability to publish, what does it mean to be a journalist? Students in this course learn fundamentals of reporting and shaping stories in text and multimedia; they learn to implement standards for copyright and fair use; and they learn to recognize excellence and bias in journalism from professional and amateur sources.

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Photography can be a powerful and persuasive tool. This course is designed for students to learn how to give an emotional context to social, political, environmental, and global issues through photography.

Semester 2
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This course connects students interested in creative writing (primarily short fiction) and provides a space for supportive and constructive feedback. Students gain experience in the workshop model, learning how to effectively critique and discuss one another's writing in a digital environment.

Semester 1, Summer
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This filmmaking course is designed around students developing their basic filmmaking skills across three key areas: camerawork, editing, and sound. Each of these areas is explored in detail through filmmaking practices.

Semester 2
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This course will explore the relationship between information and influence from a graphic design perspective.

Semester 2
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In Music Theory and Digital Composition, students explore the structure, writing, and recording of music as a design problem, with the intention of creating and releasing a finished piece of original music.

Semester 1
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This poetry-writing workshop explores identity and seeks to answer the question How are you shaped (or not) by the community you live in?
Learning Studios

Semester 1
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What is the economic impact of professional sports teams on their local community? How does pollution in China affect vineyards in Italy? Why did the US financial market collapse in 2008 and how can we use this experience to predict our next global business cycle? In this course, students will choose current events to explore through an economic lens.

Semester 2
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This skills-based course will explore the creativity, effort, and diversity of techniques required to change people's minds and motivate them to act.

Semester 1
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In this course, each student is an artist who utilizes the world of apps, memes, gifs, loops, views, posts, subs, and tweets to build an understanding of how digital art attracts audiences, affects social media platforms, sparks political activism, and transforms wherever you are into a production studio.

Semester 2
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Through investigating historical, economic, political, and environmental perspectives on energy concepts and controversies, students develop a keen ability to understand and analyze global questions surrounding energy consumption and distribution.

Semester 2, Summer
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In this experiential course students develop an understanding of entrepreneurship in today’s global market; employ innovation, design, and creative solutions for building a viable business model; and learn to develop, refine, and pitch a new start-up.

Semester 2
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What is a meaningful, happy, and fulfilling life? In this course, we’ll dive into what positive psychology research tells us about the formula for a meaningful life, the ingredients of fulfilling relationships, and changes that occur in the brain when inspired by music, visual art, physical activity, and more.

Semester 1
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Students utilize research, data, their own sense of social justice, and the application of all three to right wrongs in our world.

Semester 1
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Social psychology examines how the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of a person are influenced by the actual, imagined, or implied presence of others.

Semester 1
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The second most common compound in the world, water is essential to life. It is also a cause of quick death. It sculpts mountains and reshapes coastlines. It gives rise to conflicts among neighbors and nations, yet it brings peace and pleasure to many. Characteristics of water can be studied in disciplines from art to zoology, and this course will touch on many of them.
Mathematics and Technology

Semester 1, Semester 2, Summer
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This introductory level course focuses on thinking like a computer scientist, especially understanding how computer scientists define and solve problems.

Semester 2
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In this course, students will utilize the Python programming language to read, manipulate, and analyze data.

Semester 2
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Comprised of a series of "game jams," the course asks students to solve problems and create content, developing the design and technical skills necessary to build their own games.

Semester 2
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This course teaches students how to write programs in the Java programming language.

Semester 2
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Do you play games? Ever wonder if you’re using “the right” strategy? What makes one strategy better than another? In this course, we’ll explore a branch of mathematics known as game theory, which answers these questions and many more.

Semester 1, Semester 2
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Learn how to build apps for the iPod, iPhone, and iPad and publish them in the App Store.

Semester 2
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In this course you will learn about the algebra of vector spaces and matrices by looking at how images of objects in the plane and space are transformed in computer graphics.

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In this course students learn to differentiate and integrate functions of several variables. We extend the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus to multiple dimensions, and the course will culminate in Green's, Stokes' and Gauss' Theorems.

Semester 1
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Once thought of as the purest but least applicable part of mathematics, number theory is now by far the most commonly applied: every one of the millions of secure internet transmissions occurring each second is encrypted using ideas from number theory.
Science and Health

Semester 2
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This course focuses on psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, character disorders, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, and depression. As students examine these and other disorders they will learn about their symptoms, diagnoses, and treatments.

Semester 1, Semester 2
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Ethics is the study of what one should do as an individual and as a member of society. In this course students will evaluate ethical issues related to medicine and the life sciences.

Semester 2
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Through investigating historical, economic, political, and environmental perspectives on energy concepts and controversies, students develop a keen ability to understand and analyze global questions surrounding energy consumption and distribution.

Semester 1
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What makes people sick? What social and political factors lead to the health disparities we see both within our own community and on a global scale? What are the biggest challenges in global health and how might they be met? Using an interdisciplinary approach to address these questions, this course hopes to improve students' health literacy through an examination of the most significant public-health challenges facing today's global population.

Semester 1, Semester 2, Summer
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What does it mean to think like a psychologist? With this question anchoring Introduction to Psychology, students explore three central psychological perspectives -- the behavioral, the cognitive, and the sociocultural -- in order to develop a multi-faceted understanding of what thinking like a psychologist encompasses.

Semester 1, Semester 2, Summer
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In this course students will collaboratively solve medical mystery cases, similar to the approach used in many medical schools. Students enhance their critical thinking skills as they examine data, draw conclusions, diagnose, and treat patients.

Semester 2
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This course is an extension of the problem-based learning done in Medical Problem Solving I. While collaborative examination of medical case studies will remain the core work of the course, students will tackle more complex cases and explore new topics in medical science.

Semester 2
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This course is an exploration of the neurological basis of behavior. It will cover basic brain anatomy and function as well as cognitive and behavioral disorders from a neurobiological perspective.

Semester 2
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What is a meaningful, happy, and fulfilling life? In this course, we’ll dive into what positive psychology research tells us about the formula for a meaningful life, the ingredients of fulfilling relationships, and changes that occur in the brain when inspired by music, visual art, physical activity, and more.

Semester 1
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This course serves as a model of how modern astronomy has benefited from the digital revolution and advances in imaging technology.

Semester 1
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Social psychology examines how the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of a person are influenced by the actual, imagined, or implied presence of others.

Semester 1
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The second most common compound in the world, water is essential to life. It is also a cause of quick death. It sculpts mountains and reshapes coastlines. It gives rise to conflicts among neighbors and nations, yet it brings peace and pleasure to many. Characteristics of water can be studied in disciplines from art to zoology, and this course will touch on many of them.
Social Sciences

Semester 1, Semester 2
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September 11, 2001, was a tragic day that changed the world in profound ways. In this course, students will explore the causes of 9/11, the events of the day itself, and its aftermath locally, nationally, and around the world.

Semester 1
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What is the economic impact of professional sports teams on their local community? How does pollution in China affect vineyards in Italy? Why did the US financial market collapse in 2008 and how can we use this experience to predict our next global business cycle? In this course, students will choose current events to explore through an economic lens.

Semester 1
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This is an applied philosophy course that connects pressing contemporary issues with broad-range philosophical ideas and controversies, drawn from multiple traditions and many centuries.

Semester 2
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In 2012, the Economist issued a report entitled "Democracy at a Standstill". This course uses the comparative model to ask students to consider whether democracy is in fact at a standstill, but more importantly, if and why we should care?

Semester 2
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Through investigating historical, economic, political, and environmental perspectives on energy concepts and controversies, students develop a keen ability to understand and analyze global questions surrounding energy consumption and distribution.

Semester 2, Summer
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In this experiential course students develop an understanding of entrepreneurship in today’s global market; employ innovation, design, and creative solutions for building a viable business model; and learn to develop, refine, and pitch a new start-up.

Semester 2
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This course uses the concept of gender to examine a range of topics and disciplines that might include: feminism, gay and lesbian studies, women’s studies, popular culture, and politics.

Semester 1
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Students in this course study several of the major genocides of the 20th century (Armenian, the Holocaust, Cambodian, and Rwandan), analyze the role of the international community in responding to and preventing further genocides (with particular attention to the Nuremberg tribunals), and examine current human rights crises around the world.

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In this course, students simulate the work of investors by working with the tools, theories, and decision-making practices that define smart investment.

Semester 2
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Students will learn to better understand how to measure national economic activity with concepts like gross domestic product, unemployment and inflation and the strengths and weaknesses of these statistics.

Semester 1
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In this course, students will learn about how consumers and producers interact to form a market and then how and why the government may intervene in that market.

Semester 1
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Students utilize research, data, their own sense of social justice, and the application of all three to right wrongs in our world.

Semester 2
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In this 14-week course, students become familiar with the legal rules and institutions that determine who goes to prison, and for how long.

Semester 1
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The second most common compound in the world, water is essential to life. It is also a cause of quick death. It sculpts mountains and reshapes coastlines. It gives rise to conflicts among neighbors and nations, yet it brings peace and pleasure to many. Characteristics of water can be studied in disciplines from art to zoology, and this course will touch on many of them.
World Languages

Yearlong Courses
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This full-year course will highlight Modern Standard Arabic and some of the spoken dialect of the Levant.

Yearlong Courses
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This full-year course continues the work of Arabic Language Through Culture I, highlighting Modern Standard Arabic and the spoken dialect of the Levant.

Yearlong Courses
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This full-year course is a unique combination of Japanese culture and language, weaving cultural comparison with the study of basic Japanese language and grammar.

Yearlong Courses
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Through language learning, students in this course share their voices, cultivate global perspectives, and foster appreciation of self and others.