Course Requirements | Peace Corps Prep Program

Course Requirements

UNT's Peace Corps Prep Certificate requires that students complete 18 hours of academic coursework as well as fulfill additional requirements. Please visit the UNT Course Catalog for additional information about the courses.

Training and Experience Course Requirements:

Students must complete 9 advanced hours in a specific Peace Corps work sector that may be selected with approval from the UNT Peace Corps Prep Coordinator. Examples of academic disciplines related to the Peace Corps work sectors are listed below. The course requirements may also be completed through study abroad.

Education

  • Elementary, Secondary or Special Education (Interdisciplinary Studies)
  • English
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Learning Technologies
  • Information Science
  • Physical or Biological Sciences

Health

  • Health Promotion
  • Kinesiology
  • Women's Studies
  • Human Development and Family Studies
  • Biology
  • Rehabilitation Studies
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Social Work
  • Applied Behavioral Analysis
  • Hospitality Management (family and consumer science)
  • Hospitality Management (nutrition and food science)

Environment

  • Ecology and Environmental Science
  • Geology
  • Geography
  • Philosophy (environmental topics)

Agriculture

  • Ecology and Environmental Science
  • Geology
  • Geography
  • Business
  • Economics

Youth Development

  • Social Work
  • Psychology
  • Human Development and Family Studies
  • Sociology
  • Recreation and Sports Management
  • Health Promotion
  • Public Affairs and Community Service
  • Public Administration

Community Economic Development

  • Business
  • Public Administration
  • Public Affairs and Community Service
  • Computer Science
  • Communication Design
  • Media Arts
  • Converged Broadcast Media
  • Journalism

Intercultural Competence Course Requirements:

Students must complete 9 hours of intercultural competence courses that may be selected from the pre-approved courses listed below. The course requirements may also be completed through study abroad.

  • Students must complete at least 3 hours (1 course) from the courses listed below.
  • ANTH 1100 World Cultures
  • ANTH 2300 Culture and Society
  • COMM 3620 Intercultural Communication
  • COUN 2620 Diversity and Cultural Awareness
  • PSYC 4030 Multicultural Psychology

Students must complete at least 6 hours (2 courses) from the courses listed below.

Anthropology

  • ANTH 1150 World Cultures Through Film
  • ANTH 2200 Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • ANTH 3110 Indigenous Peoples of North America
  • ANTH 3120 Indigenous Cultures of the Southwest
  • ANTH 3130 African-American Anthropology
  • ANTH 3210 Meso America
  • ANTH 3300 Peoples and Cultures of the Pacific
  • ANTH 3400 Peoples and Cultures of Africa
  • ANTH 3500 Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East
  • ANTH 3700 Peoples and Cultures of South Asia
  • ANTH 3710 Peoples and Cultures of East Asia
  • ANTH 3720 Peoples and Cultures of Southeast Asia
  • ANTH 4200 Health, Healing and Culture: Medical Anthropology
  • ANTH 4210 Culture and Human Sexuality
  • ANTH 4300 Migrants and Refugees
  • ANTH 4750 Culture Change

Geography

  • GEOG 1200 Global Societies
  • GEOG 2170 Culture, Environment, and Society

Human Development and Family Studies

  • HDFS 3153 The Impact of Culture on Individuals and Families

Philosophy

  • PHIL 2070 Great Religions
  • PHIL 3620 South Asian Philosophy and Religion
  • PHIL 3625 Modern South Asian Philosophy and Religion
  • PHIL 3655 Eastern Religion and the Environment
  • PHIL 3680 Buddhism, Daoism, Shintoism
  • PHIL 4650 Philosophy of Water

Political Science

  • PSCI 3500 Introduction to Peace Studies

Psychology

  • PSYC 4300 Psychosocial Issues in HIV/AIDS
  • PSYC 4670 Behavioral and Biopsychosocial Challenges within LGBT Communities

Sociology

  • SOCI 4160 Developing Societies
  • SOCI 4620 Sociology of Culture
  • SOCI 4750 World Population Trends and Problems

Women and Gender Studies

  • WGST 2100 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies

Language Course Requirements (optional):

The Peace Corps requires that volunteers working in Latin America demonstrate strong intermediate proficiency in Spanish and that volunteers working in West Africa demonstrate proficiency in French or another Romance Language--as applicable. The Peace Corps does not have language requirements for other volunteer locations, but strongly encourages applicants to have a least one foreign language class in the same language of the country where the applicant intends to serve. Native speakers of Spanish and French who want to serve in a country that speaks their native language are exempt from the language requirement.

Spanish

  • SPAN 1010 - Elementary Spanish
  • SPAN 1020 - Elementary Spanish
  • SPAN 2040 - Intermediate Spanish
  • SPAN 2050 - Intermediate Spanish

French

  • FREN 1010 - Elementary French
  • FREN 1020 - Elementary French
  • FREN 2040 - Intermediate French

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