Peace Corps

Program 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 Corp 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 either the Environmental Sustainability or Global Health tracks, you will be able to successfully complete the Peace Corp 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
 COR 404 Africans and African Development
 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 231 Introduction to World Literature
 ENG 331 Advanced World Literature
 ENS 110 Humans and Nature
 ENS/GEO 250 Introduction to GIS
 GEO 131 The World Regions
 HST/INT 221 The World in the 20th Century
 PHL 342 Philosophy and Society
 POL 161 Comparative Politics
 PST 332 Comparative Public Policy
 REL110 Religion in a Global Context
 SOC 261 Classic Sociological Theory

Environmental Science & Agricultures or Global Health tracks courses

Environmental Science and Agriculture track


ENS 111/113 Introduction to Environmental Science & Lab

Minimum of 4 semester hours (sh) from the following:

ENS 232  Solar Greenhouse and Fourth Season Harvest
ENS 311 Sustainable Food Production
ENS 374 Agroecology (and Lab)
COR 429 Permaculture: Food, Culture and Sustainability

Additional 4 semester hours (sh) from the above or from the following:

ENS 120 Community Agriculture: Fall (2 sh)
ENS 121 Community Agriculture: Spring (2 sh)
ENS 220 Garden Studio: Fall (2 sh)
ENS 221 Garden Studio: Spring (2 sh) 
ENS 320 Restoration Ecology
ENS 330 Wildlife Ecology
ENS/GEO 340 Water Resources Management
ENS 346 Wetland Ecology and Management
ENS 360 Green Design: Envisioning a Sustainable Future
ENS 373 Livestock in the Landscape
PST Food Policy

Global Health track


PHS 302 Global Health

Minimum of 4 semester hours (sh) from the following:

ANT 325 Culture, Society, and Illness
COR 442 Food, Health, and Society
PHS 201 Introduction to Public Health
PHS 301 Introduction to Epidemiology

Additional  4 semester hours (sh) from the above or from the following:

BIO 324 Toxicology
BIO 327 Immunology
CHM 355 Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
COM 337 Health Communications
ECO 317 Health Economics
ECO 320 Gender and Development
ECO 410 Economic Growth and Development
ENS 311 Sustainable Food Production
ESS 333 Exercise Psychology
ESS 323 Bioenergetics
ESS 322 Epidemiology of Physical Activity
ESS 120 Medical Terminology
GEO 346 Natural Disasters
HED 230 Health Promotion: Foundation to Function
HED 235 Inactivity: The Threat of a Modern Lifestyle
IDS 285 Perspectives in Personal and Global Health
COR 324 Substance Abuse and Human Behavior
COR 326 Human Sexuality
COR 406 Perspectives in Women’s Health
PEH 324 Nutrition or COR 368 Nutrition
PSY 356 Health Psychology
PSY 318 Community Psychology

Additional Experiences

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).

  • 1 credit hour of research (courses numbered 498 or 499) = 1 unit
  • 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.

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

Leadership experiences

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

Global experiences

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

Work experiences

  • 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 or contact Steve Moore, PCPP Director Elon University.