You’ll take the Peace Corps Prep core course, Intercultural Civic Engagement, during EPIC Term after acceptance into the program.
And choose 2 additional electives:
Any Diversity-Domestic Course (D-D), for example:
- AAAS 114 Introduction to African, African American Studies
- AAAS 369 African American History since Emancipation
- ENG 203 Women in Literature
- HIST 282 History of Science and Gender
- HIST 352 U.S. Urban History
- PSYC 364 Psychology of Women
- WGSS 305 Radical Queeries
Any Diversity-International Course (D-I), for example:
- AAAS 333 Gender and Sexuality in the Muslim Middle East and North Africa
- AAAS 345 Germans of Color
- ENG 364 Post-Colonial Literature
- ENST 376 Power, Society, and the Environment in East Asia
- JAPN 407 Translation: Theory and Practice
- JPNS 362 Cross-Cultural Psychology
- MUS 161 Introduction to World Musics
- PAGS 240 Global Dynamics & World Peace
- PAGS 333 Medical Anthropology and Global Health
In addition to these 3 courses (Intercultural Civic Engagement, Diversity-Domestic, and Diversity-International), your Peace Corps Prep experience will include your Off Campus Learning Opportunity (OLO).
Earlham has OLOs that match each of the six Peace Corps sectors. Some of these are semester long opportunities such as Studies in Cross-Cultural Education in Japan or the France-Senegal Program; some are May Terms such as the Global Health May Term in Peru or Perspectives on Immigration and Diversity in Berlin; some are internships with our Global Partners such as with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Nature Preserves or Exodus Refugee Services. Semester long programs include Cross-Cultural Explorations I and Cross-Cultural Explorations II, which would be an asset to your Peace Corps Prep experience. The Peace Corps Prep Director and the Center for Global Education can help you to identify the right OLO for you!
Prolonged intercultural experiences — such as studying or volunteering abroad, supporting new immigrants or refugees acculturate to the United States, or volunteering in diverse schools — would also strengthen your Peace Corps candidacy significantly. Talk with our Career Coaches in the Center for Career and Community Engagement about additional opportunities through Global Partnership Internships.