International Baccalaureate (IB) Course Offerings

International Baccalaureate Course

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Celebrating the diversity of educational paths, the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum encompasses a wide array of courses designed to foster holistic development. While the availability of courses may vary between IB schools, the following is a complete list of all Standard Level (SL) and Higher Level (HL) IB classes, totaling 57 when counting HL and SL separately. It’s essential to note that each student pursuing an IB Diploma must engage with courses from all six subject groups as defined by the IB. Additionally, completing the core, which includes the unique Theory of Knowledge (TOK) class, is mandatory.


Overview of IB Course Groups


Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature

Course NameDescriptionAvailable Online?Level(s)
Language A: LiteratureIntroduces the analysis of literary texts, available in 55 languages.NoHL and SL
Language A: Language and LiteratureCritical study and interpretation of written and spoken texts, available in 17 languages.Yes, English A Language and Literature (HL and SL)HL and SL
Literature and PerformanceExplores the relationship between literature and theatre, emphasizing literary skills and practical, aesthetic, and symbolic elements of performance.NoSL


Group 2: Language Acquisition

Course NameDescriptionAvailable Online?Level(s)
Classical LanguagesStudy of Latin or Classical Greek language, literature, and culture of ancient Rome or Greece.NoHL and SL
Language ab InitioFor beginners in a language, with options like Spanish ab initio, Mandarin ab initio, and French ab initio.Yes, Spanish ab initio, Mandarin ab initio, and French ab initioSL
Language BDevelops communication skills in a language through the study of language, themes, and texts, with options like Spanish B SL.Yes, Spanish B SLHL and SL


Group 3: Individuals and Societies

Course NameDescriptionAvailable Online?Level(s)
Business ManagementDevelops knowledge of business management theories, analytical skills, and the ability to evaluate business activities on different levels.YesHL and SL
EconomicsExplores the complexities and interdependence of economic activities in a rapidly changing world.YesHL and SL
GeographyIntegrates physical and human geography, examining key global issues like poverty, sustainability, and climate change.NoHL and SL
Global PoliticsExplores political concepts and dimensions at local, national, international, and global levels.NoHL and SL
HistoryA comparative, multi-perspective world history course focusing on key historical concepts and types.NoHL and SL
Information Technology in a Global SocietyExamines the role of information and communication technologies in contemporary society, covering social and ethical significance, application, and IT systems.YesHL and SL
PhilosophyA systematic inquiry into profound questions, encouraging critical thinking on topics like humanity and free will.Yes, SL onlyHL and SL
PsychologySystematic study of behavior and mental processes, exploring biological, cognitive, and sociocultural influences.YesHL and SL
Social and Cultural AnthropologyComparative study of culture and human societies, contributing to understanding contemporary issues.NoHL and SL
World ReligionsAnalytical study of beliefs and practices in nine major world religions, promoting awareness of religious issues in the contemporary world.NoSL


Group 4: Sciences

Course NameDescriptionAvailable Online?Level(s)
BiologyInvestigates the living world at all levels, from cells to ecosystems.NoHL and SL
ChemistryExperimental science combining academic study with practical skills.NoHL and SL
Computer ScienceRigorous problem-solving discipline integrating computational thinking with practical activities like programming.NoHL and SL
Design TechnologyDevelops understanding of design and technology’s global impact, focusing on analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.NoHL and SL
Environmental Systems and Societies*Examines interrelationships between environmental systems and societies, providing insights into environmental issues.NoSL
PhysicsFundamental experimental science explaining the universe from particles to galaxies.NoHL and SL
Sports, Exercise, and Health ScienceIntegrates anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, psychology, and nutrition in the context of sport, exercise, and health.NoHL and SL
*Interdisciplinary course that also counts for Group 3 and Group 4 requirements.


Group 5: Mathematics

Four IB Math class options, available online since August 2019, aim to develop mathematical knowledge, critical thinking, and abstraction skills.


Group 6: The Arts

This group focuses on creativity through various artistic endeavors, including dance, film, music, theatre, and visual arts. Students may substitute this requirement with a class from groups 1, 2, 3, or 4 if they opt not to take an arts course.

Course NameDescriptionAvailable Online?Level(s)
DanceFocuses on the composition, performance, and analysis of expressive movement from diverse cultures and traditions.NoHL and SL
FilmDevelops proficiency in interpreting and creating film texts, enhancing critical abilities and cultural appreciation.Yes, SL onlyHL and SL
MusicDevelops musical knowledge and potential, exposing students to forms, styles, and functions of music from diverse historical and socio-cultural contexts.NoHL and SL
TheatreEncourages experimentation, risk-taking, and collaborative work in theatre creation and performance.NoHL and SL
Visual ArtsEncourages students to challenge creative and cultural expectations, fostering analytical skills and technical proficiency.NoHL and SL


Other IB Required Class

The final mandatory course for the IB Diploma Programme is Theory of Knowledge (TOK). This course prompts students to reflect on the nature of knowledge and how it is claimed. Assessment includes an oral presentation and a 1,600-word essay, with the option to take it online.

Despite its initial vagueness, TOK offers a unique blend of philosophy and personal evaluation, making it a favorite among high school students. It provides a platform for reflecting on issues of personal importance and contributes significantly to the holistic IB educational experience.

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