Taylor Sutschek '16 volunteered for the Peace Corps in South Africa from 2016-2018. Taylor Sutschek '16 volunteered for the Peace Corps in South Africa from 2016-2018.

Completion of the Peace Corps Prep Program requires (1) training and experience in a specific work sector, (2) foreign language skills, (3) intercultural competence, and (4) professional and leadership development.  Below is a list of courses relevant to the first three competencies. These are not the only requirements.

Courses for Work Sectors

Students should plan to take three courses in the work sector they have selected as a focus. They must also demonstrate 50 hours of experience or service in that same sector. The courses listed below are suggestions and students are welcome to ask whether other courses could also be applied. 

To learn more about each of these sectors within the Peace Corps itself, visit their website.

Foreign Language Courses

The foreign language requirement is flexible, depending on where you hope to serve as a volunteer. If you are planning to serve in Latin America, you should build strong intermediate proficiency, having completed two 200-level courses or learned Spanish through another medium.

SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish I
SPAN 202 Intermediate Spanish II

Students interested in taking other foreign languages should contact one of our program contacts.

Intercultural Competency Courses

For this competency, we require that all students take three of our Identity, Diversity, and Equity (IDE) courses.  Departments ranging from the arts and humanities to the social sciences and the health sciences offer applicable courses. Students also may substitute intercultural experiences for one or both electives (see our Requirements page for more information)