Peace Corps

General Course Work Requirements

As a liberal arts institution, your experience at Elon is great preparation for Peace Corps service. You will be able to meet many of the Peace Corps Prep expectations with your graduation requirements such as intermediate language skills and completion of courses in the Core curriculum, and Elon experiences such as service-work and study abroad. With coursework in Global Awareness and Area Studies, as well as additional coursework in Environmental Science and Agriculture, Global Health, or Teaching English as a Foreign Language/Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages’ tracks, you will be able to successfully complete the Peace Corps Prep program. Please note that prerequisites for courses listed below do stand; you will need to have the prerequisite for any course that you choose to take below.


1. COR 110: The Global Experience

2. World Language Acquisition: Students are required to take or place above the intermediate level (200) in any of the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, **French, German, Italian or **Spanish. (**Highly preferred.)

3. Global Awareness: Eight semester hours from the following:  

  ENG 206 Introduction to Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages
  ENS 310 Environmental Issues in Southeast Asia
  GEO 345 Global Environmental Change
  GEO 121 Global Physical Environments
  HST/INT 221The World in the 20th Century
  HST 313 Modern Africa
  HST 354 Modern Latin America
  HSS 350 International Human Services
  HSS 351 Global Violence against Women
  INT/POL141 International Relations
  POL 224 Environmental Policy and Law
  POL 341 International Organizations
  POL 343 International Law
  POL 344 International Environmental Policy
  POL 346 International Security
  POL 348 International Human Rights
  PER 352 Junior Periclean Scholars
  PER 452 Senior Periclean Scholars
  PSY 366 Psychology in Cultural Context

4. Core Area Studies: Two courses from the following:

 ANT 112 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ENG 232 Literature of East Asia
 ENG 237 Caribbean Literature
 ENG 331 Advanced World Literature
 ENG 335 Latin American Literature
 ENG 385 Middle Eastern Literature
 ENG 338 African Experience in Literature
 ENS 110 Humans and Nature
 ENS/GEO 250 Introduction to GIS
 GEO 131 The World’s Regions
 HST/INT 221 The World in the 20th Century
 PHL 342 Philosophy and Society
 POL 161 Comparative Politics
 PST 332 Comparative Public Policy
 REL 110 Religion in a Global Context
 REL 201 Buddhist Traditions
 REL 202 Hindu Traditions
 REL 203 Islamic Traditions
 REL 204 Christian Traditions
 REL 205 Jewish Traditions
SOC 261 Classic Sociological Theory

Additional Peace Corp Prep requirements:

A minimum of two units of experiential learning requirements in any of the following areas:

Undergraduate Research:
Research topics should be relevant to PCPP track (e.g., Environmental science and sustainable agriculture or Global Health).

o 1 credit hour of research (courses numbered 498 or 499) = 1 unit
o Elon’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program = 2 units

Internships, service learning, or volunteer experiences
Very high consideration is given to those applicants that have volunteer service/internships in areas that are relevant to their track (e.g., Environmental science and sustainable agriculture or Global Health). Three months of hands-on experience is highly prized by the Peace Corps. Tutoring/teaching/at-risk program experience is also highly valued.

o 1 credit hour of internship = 1 unit
o Designated service-learning course = 1 unit
o Pre-approved service-learning experience mentored by the Kernodle Center = 1-2 units (40+ hours per unit)

Leadership experiences

o Completion of LED 210-Foundation of Leadership
o Pre-approved leadership experience mentored by the Center for Leadership = 1-2 units (40+ hours per unit)

Global experiences

o Studying or traveling abroad for min of 3 weeks (or approved length of time)

Work experiences

o 10 weeks (or approved length of time) of hands on work experience.  This could include working on a farm, in a clinic, etc.

IMORTANT NOTE: Even if you don’t meet the specific requirements of each category, the combination of many partially filled requirements can be of equal value in preparing for Peace Corps service.  Talk to your respective PCPP service area advisor to see how you can take advantage of combining partial requirements.