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Certificate in Global Service and Peace Corps PreparationStudents on Summer 2018, Fall 2018, or Spring 2019 requirements (GLSPCPACRT)Department of International Studies

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.

Certificate requirements

The certificate requires at least 25 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.

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  1. Global Competence. One (1) course from the Global Competence list.
    • INTL-I 202 Global Health and Environment Examination of pressing health and environmental challenges around the world, such as deforestation, climate change and the spread of infectious diseases. Focuses on the interaction of health and environmental problems that cross national borders and require a multinational or global effort to solve. (3 credit hours.)
    • INTL-I 203 Global Development Focuses on the interaction between social, political, and economic forces and human development at global, national, and subnational scales; introduces theoretical perspectives on economic development and the function of markets. (3 credit hours.)
    • INTL-I 204 Human Rights and International Law Focuses on human rights discourse and the role international law, treaties and conventions play in addressing these rights globally. Course is interdisciplinary in theory and method. (3 credit hours.)
    • INTL-I 205 Culture and Politics Examines culture and governance on an international scale, considering how governments, markets, and international organizations deploy or use culture, and how people turn to cultural resources to resist attempts to govern them and/or to assert their own political aims. (3 credit hours.)
    • INTL-I 206 Peace and Conflict Examines concepts of nationalism and state ideology that shape the world's collective identities and contribute to conflicts nationally and internationally. (3 credit hours.)
    • INTL-I 210 Diplomacy, Security, Governance Examines the development of the modern state and the role of international organizations in maintaining global security and promoting global governance. Addresses issues of political and cultural diplomacy and their effect in international disputes. (3 credit hours.)
    • INTL-I 220 Global Connections Focuses on globalization as manifested in the shaping of intercultural communication, artistic expressions, collective identities and human rights discourses from comparative and international perspectives. (3 credit hours.)
    • INTL-I 222 Global Health Connections Focuses on the non-medical determinants of health in communities and societies around the world, as well as on the most important health challenges the world faces. One of the main goals is to understand and evaluate the importance of local contexts and global processes in addressing health issues today, while also engaging in discussions about human rights, ethics, inequalities, and pragmatic and global solidarity. (3 credit hours.)
  2. Regional Expertise. One (1) course from the Regional Expertise list.
    • AFRI-L 231 African Civilization A historical introduction to Africa. Credit given for only one of AFRI-L 231 or HIST-H 227. (3 credit hours.)
    • AFRI-L 232 Contemporary Africa An introduction to current social, economic, and political issues in Africa. (3 credit hours.)
    • CEUS-R 290 Introduction to Central Asia, Mongolia, and Tibet Central Asia, Mongolia, and Tibet have a unique legacy in the world today: nomads, Silk Road, Islam, Buddhism, Russo-Chinese rivalry, Communism, and resistance. This course will provide a broad overview of trends and issues in this crossroads of cultures and civilizations through a combination of lectures, discussions, and guest presentations. (3 credit hours.)
    • CEUS-R 292 Introduction to Turkic and Iranian Civilization Introduction to the Turkic and Iranian peoples of Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan, and Central Asia. Introduces languages, literatures, and cultures; covers history, society, and economy with a focus on Islam and socio-political movements today. Includes guest lectures, films, museum visits, and musical and dance performances. (3 credit hours.)
    • EALC-E 110 Popular Culture in East Asia Surveys East Asian popular culture by examining the evolution and contemporary forms of mass culture in the region. Students will study the structure and political, social, and cultural implications of transnational cultural flows between East Asia and the West. (3 credit hours.)
    • EALC-E 111 War and Violence in East Asia Explores the history of physical violence in China, Japan, and Korea, with a special emphasis on state-sanctioned conflict. Examines the forms that war and violence took in the lives and minds of the residents of East Asia before the nineteenth century. (3 credit hours.)
    • EALC-E 190 The Rise of China: Challenges and Opportunities for East Asia Introduction to issues relating to China's rise in the context of East Asia. Covers the regional implications of China's rise and the myriad drivers of China's domestic political, economic, and foreign policy trajectory in comparison to other East Asian nations. (3 credit hours.)
    • INST-I 100 Introduction to India Basic cultural literacy in India Studies through critical reading/lectures from India Studies faculty/film/discussion to discover what makes India the world power it is today, and why we need to know more about it, from its bloody birth in Partition to her ancient history and back to contemporary India. (3 credit hours.)
    • LTAM-L 210 The Latin American Experience Introduction to Latin America: geography, heritage, and process from pre-Columbian civilizations to colonies and nations. (3 credit hours.)
    • LTAM-L 211 Contemporary Problems in Latin America Introduction to pertinent problems of twentieth-century Latin America, such as industrialization, urbanization, revolution, and self-expression. (3 credit hours.)
    • SEAS-S 231 Growing Up in Southeast Asia Exploration of the multiple constructions of childhood across Southeast Asia, combining sociocultural and policy relevant perspectives.  Themes will include family dynamics and cultural transmission; the rights of children; and the life experiences of 'children in especially difficult circumstances,' including refugees, children of migrant workers, and those compelled to work. (3 credit hours.)
  3. Advanced Global Competence. One (1) course from the Advanced Global Competence list.
    • INTL-I 300 Topics in International Studies This course focuses on the intensive study and analysis of selected international problems and issues within an interdisciplinary format. Topics will vary but will cut across fields, regions, and periods. May be repeated with different topics for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (1–3 credit hours.)
    • INTL-I 302 Advanced Topics in Global Health and Environment Advanced topics examining pressing health and environmental challenges around the world. Focuses on the interaction of health and environmental problems that cross national borders and require a multinational or global effort to solve. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
    • INTL-I 303 Advanced Topics in Global Development Advanced topics examining the interaction between social, political, and economic forces and human development at global, national, and subnational scales; in-depth analysis of theoretical perspectives on economic development and the function of markets. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
    • INTL-I 304 Advanced Topics in Human Rights and International Law Advanced topics focusing on human rights discourse and the role international law, treaties and conventions play in addressing these rights globally. Topics are interdisciplinary in theory and method. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
    • INTL-I 305 Advanced Topics in Culture and Politics Advanced topics in the study of culture and governance. The focus is on relationships of power and authority, including how governments, markets, and international organizations deploy or use culture, and how people turn to cultural resources to resist attempts to govern them and/or to assert their own political aims. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
    • INTL-I 306 Advanced Topics in Peace and Conflict Advanced topics examining concepts of nationalism and state ideology that shape the world's collective identities and contribute to conflicts nationally and internationally. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
    • INTL-I 310 Advanced Topics in Diplomacy, Security, Governance Advanced topics focusing on the development of the modern state and the role of international organizations in maintaining global security and promoting global governance. Addresses issues of political and cultural diplomacy and their effect in international disputes. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
    • INTL-X 370 Topics with Service Learning in International Studies Examines issues of international scope through service learning projects. Content varies with instructor. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours in INTL-I 435 and INTL-X 370. (3 credit hours.)
    • INTL-I 420 Global Sustainability Studies Interdisciplinary study of comparative environmental issues around the world. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
    • INTL-I 421 Human Rights and the Arts Study of human rights through the arts. Exploration of artistic expressions in various sociopolitical contexts and the global trends from which they emerge. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
    • INTL-I 422 Contested Territories/Conflicted Identities Study of nationalism to explore how history, politics and culture conflict and converge in shaping multiple identities. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
    • INTL-I 423 Postcolonial/Postcommunist Discourses Study of emergence and use of postcolonial and postcommunist theories to analyze colonial and communist discourses as well as their political and cultural legacies. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
    • INTL-I 424 War and Peace Exploration of war and peace with regard to their political, moral and legal consequences. Study of structures that adjudicate disputes and the role of international organizations in regulating war and initiating peace. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
    • INTL-I 425 Gender: International Perspectives Examination of gender issues from international and interdisciplinary perspectives. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
    • INTL-I 426 Advanced Topics in International Studies In-depth study and analysis of an international problem, culminating in a research project. Topics vary. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
    • INTL-I 427 Issues in Global Development and Political Economy Interdisciplinary study of issues of global development and political economy. Includes both analytical and methodological approaches. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
    • INTL-I 428 Social Justice and the Environment Interdisciplinary study of comparative environmental justice issues around the world. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
    • INTL-I 429 Global Health Politics Study of global health policies and their relationships to social movements. Focuses on the effect of global governance institutions and NGOs on global health policy and action. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 12 credit hours. (3 credit hours.)
    • INTL-I 499 Seminar in Conflict Studies Study and analysis of conflicts and conflict resolution around the world through selected case studies. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 3 credit hours. (1–3 credit hours.)
  4. Foreign Language. Two (2) foreign language courses at the 200-level or higher
  5. Internship. One (1) course from the Internship list.
    • SGIS-X 373 Internship in Global and International Studies (Must be related to one of the designated Peace Corps Prep work sectors) Provides academic structure to undergraduate students who wish to engage in a work experience through participation in internships domestically or internationally. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours. (1–3 credit hours.)
  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 from the Capstone list.
    • INTL-I 401 Global Service Capstone Project or two workshops that captures the student's accumulated knowledge of global service. (1 credit hour.)
  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.