This course is a physical and social survey of the globe for freshman that will hopefully foster the development of skills, attitudes, and behaviors to better enable the student to function as an effective citizen in a diverse and ever-changing world. Coursework will include the study of Life Skills, which is a nine-week introductory level health unit. It will cover mental and social health, substance abuse and finally global health and health resources. Most importantly, Life Skills is a school and district requirement for graduation, and therefore an important part of the curriculum. The remainder of the year will be dedicated to a Global Data unit, along with regional focuses in Latin America, Africa, India, the Middle East and China. Students will examine each region’s basic geography (physical and political) along with many of the various peoples who live there. All aspects of these people are studied, including their history, religion, culture, and politics.