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Department of International Studies

Certificate in Global Service and Peace Corps Preparation

Students on Summer 2019, Fall 2019, or Spring 2020 requirements GLSPCPACRT
The Certificate in Global Service and Peace Corps Preparation creates a portfolio of knowledge and skills essential for careers in international development, government, the Foreign Service, NGOs, and the academic world. Additionally, the certificate prepares students to be competitive applicants to the Peace Corps.


The certificate requires at least 25 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.
  1. Global Competence. One (1) course:
    • INTL-I 202 Global Health and Environment
    • INTL-I 203 Global Development
    • INTL-I 204 Human Rights and International Law
    • INTL-I 205 Culture and Politics
    • INTL-I 206 Peace and Conflict
    • INTL-I 210 Diplomacy, Security, Governance
    • INTL-I 220 Global Connections
    • INTL-I 222 Global Health Connections
  2. Regional Expertise. One (1) course:
    • AFRI-L 231 African Civilization
    • AFRI-L 232 Contemporary Africa
    • CEUS-R 290 Introduction to Central Asia, Mongolia, and Tibet
    • CEUS-R 292 Introduction to Turkic and Iranian Civilization
    • EALC-E 110 Popular Culture in East Asia
    • EALC-E 111 War and Violence in East Asia
    • EALC-E 190 The Rise of China: Challenges and Opportunities for East Asia
    • INST-I 100 Introduction to India
    • LTAM-L 210 Latin America & Caribbean: Cultures, Histories, and Politics
    • LTAM-L 211 Contemporary Latin America and the Caribbean
    • SEAS-S 231 Growing Up in Southeast Asia
  3. Advanced Global Competence. One (1) course:
    • INTL-I 300 Topics in International Studies
    • INTL-I 302 Advanced Topics in Global Health and Environment
    • INTL-I 303 Advanced Topics in Global Development
    • INTL-I 304 Advanced Topics in Human Rights and International Law
    • INTL-I 305 Advanced Topics in Culture and Politics
    • INTL-I 306 Advanced Topics in Peace and Conflict
    • INTL-I 310 Advanced Topics in Diplomacy, Security, Governance
    • INTL-I 340 Ethics and Decision-Making in International Politics
    • INTL-I 341 Challenges of Modern Conflict
    • INTL-I 343 Global Migration and Race
    • INTL-L 351 Law and Authoritarianism
    • INTL-L 352 Law and Global Development
    • INTL-L 353 Laws and Institutions in International Investment
    • INTL-L 354 Immigration Law, International Policy, and Migration
    • INTL-L 355 Gender and International Human Rights
    • INTL-L 356 Intervention and Sovereignty
    • INTL-L 357 The International Criminal Court
    • INTL-L 360
    • INTL-X 370 Topics with Service Learning in International Studies
    • INTL-I 420 Global Sustainability Studies
    • INTL-I 421 Human Rights and the Arts
    • INTL-I 422 Contested Territories/Conflicted Identities
    • INTL-I 423 Postcolonial/Postcommunist Discourses
    • INTL-I 424 War and Peace
    • INTL-I 425 Gender: International Perspectives
    • INTL-I 426 Advanced Topics in International Studies
    • INTL-I 427 Issues in Global Development and Political Economy
    • INTL-I 428 Social Justice and the Environment
    • INTL-I 429 Global Health Politics
    • INTL-I 431 Statistics for International Studies
    • INTL-I 432 Models of Social and Political Processes
    • INTL-I 433 Violence Against Civilians in War
    • INTL-I 434 International Climate Governance
    • INTL-I 499 Seminar in Conflict Studies
    • INTL-L 445 Human Rights Law and International Organizations
  4. Foreign Language. Two (2) foreign language courses at the 200-level or higher
  5. Internship. One (1) course:
    • SGIS-X 373 Internship in Global and International Studies
    • ASCS-X 373 Internship: Theory into Practice
  6. Electives.
    • Two (2) courses related to the certificate's goals and Peace Corps Work Sectors from any academic unit, selected from a suggested list of courses in consultation with the certificate coordinator.
    • At least one (1) of the above elective courses must be at the 300–499 level.
  7. Capstone. One (1) course:
    • INTL-I 401 Global Service Capstone
  8. Experiential Learning.
    • One (1) of the courses used to fulfill requirements 1–7 above must be officially designated a Service Learning course or be an approved experiential-learning course as determined by the certificate coordinator.
  9. Certificate GPA, Hours, and Minimum Grade Requirements.
    1. At least 9 credit hours in the certificate must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. At least 9 credit hours in the certificate must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the certificate.
    4. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the certificate—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    5. Exceptions to certificate requirements may be made with the approval of the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.