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Department of International Studies

Certificate in Global Service and Peace Corps Preparation

Students on Summer 2022, Fall 2022, or Spring 2023 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 21 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.
  1. Intercultural and International Competence.
    1. 300-499-Level Intercultural and International 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 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-X 370 Topics with Service Learning in International Studies
      • SGIS-S 300 Global Issues
      • ANTH-E 300 Culture Areas and Ethnic Groups
      • EURO-W 301 Modern European Politics and Society
      • HISP-S 324 Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Cultures
      • HIST-E 332 African History from Colonial Rule to Independence
      • HIST-F 336 Modern Central American History
      • REEI-R 300 Russian and East European Issues
      • REEI-R 303 Current Issues in Eastern Europe
      • SOC-S 335 Race and Ethnic Relations
      • BUS-D 312 Building Managerial Cross Cultural Competencies
      • EDUC-E 300 Elementary Education for a Pluralistic Society
      • EDUC-G 375 Multicultural Counseling-related Skills and Communication
      • EDUC-H 340 Education in American Culture
      • EDUC-H 350 Schooling Around the World
      • EDUC-M 300 Teaching in a Pluralistic Society
      • SPH-B 310 Hlth Care in Diverse Communities
      • SPH-F 417 African American and Latino Families
      • SPH-H 319 Global Health Promotion
    2. Intercultural and International Competence Electives. Two (2) courses:
      • Additional courses from the 300-499-Level Intercultural and International Competence list.
      • 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
      • AAAD-A 154 History of Race in the Americas
      • AAST-A 101 Introduction to Asian American Studies
      • AFRI-L 231 African Civilization
      • AFRI-L 232 Contemporary Africa
      • AMST-A 150 Introduction to Native American and Indigenous Studies
      • AMST-A 275 Indigenous Worldviews in the Americas
      • 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
      • GEOG-G 110 Human Geography in a Changing World
      • HIST-H 101 The World in the Twentieth Century I
      • INST-I 100 Introduction to India
      • LATS-L 102 Introduction to Latino History
      • LATS-L 250 Blacks, Latinos, and Afro-Latinos: Constructing Difference and Identity
      • LTAM-L 210 Latin America & Caribbean: Cultures, Histories, and Politics
      • LTAM-L 211 Contemporary Latin America and the Caribbean
      • POLS-Y 107 Introduction to Comparative Politics
      • SEAS-S 240 Introduction to Southeast Asian and ASEAN Studies
      • SLAV-T 241 Central and East European Immigration and Ethnic Identity in the U.S.
      • BUS-C 272 Global Business Immersion-business Communications
      • BUS-D 272 Global Business Immersion-international Business Management
      • SPEA-E 183 Environment and People
      • SPEA-V 160 National and International Policy
      • SPEA-V 182 Policy-making Around the World: Comparative and International Approaches
      • SPH-H 172 Intl Health & Social Issues
  2. Foreign Language. One (1) foreign language course at the 200–499 level
  3. Global Work Sector Competence. At least eight (8) credits hours in the following areas.
    1. Internship. One (1) course with a minimum of 50 hours of experience. Must be related to one of the designated Peace Corps Prep work sectors and be approved by the certificate coordinator:
      • SGIS-X 373 Internship in Global and International Studies
      • ASCS-X 373 Internship: Theory into Practice
      • BUS-X 498 Business Internship for Credit
      • SPEA-V 381 Professional Experience
    2. Electives. At least two (2) elective courses related to the certificate's goals and Peace Corps Work Sectors from appropriate academic units, determined in consultation with the certificate coordinator.
      1. At least one (1) of the above elective courses must be at the 300–499 level.
      2. One (1) elective course should be designated a Service Learning course or include significant field experience.
  4. Capstone. One (1) course:
    • INTL-I 401 Global Service Capstone
  5. College Disciplines. At least twelve (12) credit hours must be earned within disciplines in the College of Arts and Sciences.
  6. 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.
  7. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. Certificate Residency. 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. Certificate Upper Division Courses. At least 9 credit hours in the certificate must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Minimum Grade. 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. Certificate GPA. 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.

Certificate Area Courses

Unless otherwise noted below, the following courses are considered in the academic program and will count toward academic program requirements as appropriate:

  • Any course contained on the course lists for the academic program requirements at the time the course is taken--as well as any other courses that are deemed functionally equivalent--except for those listed only under Addenda Requirements
  • Any course directed to a non-Addenda requirement through an approved exception

Exceptions to and substitutions for certificate requirements may be made with the approval of the unit's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.