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Certificate in Global Service and Peace Corps Preparation (GLSPCPACRT)Department of International Studies

Students on Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021 requirements.


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 21 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Intercultural and International Competence.
    1. 300-499-Level Intercultural and International Competence. One (1) course:
      • 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.
      • 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:
      • 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:
  5. College Disciplines. At least twelve (12) credit hours must be earned within disciplines in the College of Arts and Sciences.
  6. 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.