Curriculum Outline

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Four language courses; six courses chosen from the list (see specifics) which can constitute an international studies minor; three education courses (only if student wishes to teach abroad); and a co-curricular enhancement (see list). Upon completion students will receive a certificate from the Peace Corps, and those eligible will also receive the international studies minor on their transcripts. Completion does not guarantee placement with the Peace Corps but makes the student a stronger candidate.


Foreign Language Study: 

A minimum of FOUR courses in a single language: French or Spanish (students may test out of one or more)

An International Studies Minor (Peace Corps Prep Emphasis) is possible

A student completing the Peace Corps Prep Program can also complete the International Studies Minor (Peace Corps Prep Emphasis) with a focus in Economics, Management, Modern History (Post 18th century), Sociology, Political Science, or an Interdisciplinary field related to (a) contemporary global issue(s).

Required Gateway Course (choose one):

  • ECON 22700: Globalization an Economic Perspective
  • HIST 13800: World History 1800-Present
  • POLS 22300 Comparative Politics
  • SOAN 15500: Introduction to Sociology

Choice of FIVE from the following list (minimum of ONE INTD course and TWO total from either ECON, MGMT, HIST, SOAN or POLS):


  • ART 22800: Japanese Art History
  • ART 32000: The Art of India


  • COMM 24800: Media and Multiculturalism
  • COMM 25000: Communication Between Cultures
  • COMM 35400: Intercultural Health Care Communication 


  • ECON 22700: Globalization an Economic Perspective
  • ECON 30600: Comparative Economic Systems
  • ECON 31800: International Trade and Finance
  • ECON 34100: Economic Development


  • ENGL 22600: India in Fiction and Film
  • ENGL 33100: Studies in World Literature
  • ENGL 43800: Advanced Studies in World Literature: Visions of India

Literature in Translation:

  • LITR 15600: Meso-American Literature
  • LITR 16000: Japanese Literature


  • ETH 30100: Ethics Service and Reflection

Environmental Studies:

  • EVST 27000: Environmental Ethics


  • HIST 13000: The World Since 1945
  • HIST 13800: World History 1800-Present
  • HIST 20700: Modern Japan 1600-Present
  • HIST 21100: Sino-Japanese Relations
  • HIST 21300: Selling Shanghai
  • HIST 21400: Consumerism and Culture in Modern Japan
  • HIST 21700: Modern China 1842 to Present
  • HIST 21900: Japan Since 1868
  • HIST 22700: Colonization and Exploitation
  • HIST 23030: Brothel to Factory—History of Female Labor in Asia
  • HIST 25650: Gender and Sexuality in East Asia
  • HIST 27000: The Civilization of China
  • HIST 27100: Qing China 1644-1911
  • HIST 27600: Locating Manchuria
  • HIST 28000: Modern East Asia
  • HIST 28000: Chosŏn Korea: 1392-1910
  • HIST 30500: Japan and Empire in East Asia 


  • MGMT 22800: Comparative Human Resource Management
  • MGMT 34000: International Management
  • MGMT 36100: Multinational Marketing
  • MGMT 36400: Financing International Business Firms


  • MUSI 10300: World Music
  • MUSI 22000: Asian Music

Political Science:

  • POLS 20500: World Geography
  • POLS 21100: Government and Politics of the Middle East
  • POLS 22300: Comparative Politics
  • POLS 22800: International Law
  • POLS 22900: International Organization
  • POLS 23100: International Relations
  • POLS 23300: Politics of International Economic Relations
  • POLS 27400: Modern Political Philosophy
  • POLS 30600: International Relations of South Asia
  • POLS 31100: Middle East and World Politics
  • POLS 31600: Comparative Elections
  • POLS 31700: Comparative Foreign Policy
  • POLS 33200: Islam and Politics
  • POLS 33500: Towards a Global State
  • POLS 33800: Globalization
  • POLS 35100: Political Philosophy for a Dangerous World
  • Pending Approval:
  • POLS []: Insurgency & Ethnic Conflict in South Asia
  • POLS []: Politics of South Asia
  • POLS []: Politics and Development in Asia
  • POLS []: Asian Political Thought 

Religious Studies:

  • RELG 20600: Religions of the World
  • RELG 22300: Asian Religions
  • RELG 25100: Hinduism
  • RELG 25300: Buddhism
  • RELG 26000: Creativity and Mindfulness in Buddhism
  • RELG 28000: Topics in Hinduism
  • RELG 28000: Topics in Buddhism
  • RELG 28000: Seminar in Tantra in India and Tibet
  • RELG 31200: Seminar Buddhism Tibet/Bhutan


  • SOAN 15500: Introduction to Sociology
  • SOAN 16000: Cultures of Africa
  • SOAN 20100: Social Problems
  • SOAN 20300: Cultural Anthropology
  • SOAN 21500: Human Settlements: Urbanization, Sprawl, and Transition
  • SOAN 25100: Population Patterns An Introduction to Social Demography
  • SOAN 30300: Environmental Sociology
  • SOAN 35100: Stratification and Health
  • SOAN 35900: Medical Sociology
  • SOAN 38700: Sociology of Food


  • INTD 20400: Childhood and Poverty in Hispaniola (Study Abroad)
  • INTD 20600: Contested Seas: Exploration, Exploitation and Resistance in the Caribbean Basin (Study Abroad)
  • INTD 30020: Global Health and Human Rights (Study Abroad, Africa)
  • INTD 30040: Pilgrimage to Bhutan (Study Abroad)
  • INTD 30110: Human Trafficking (Study Abroad, Dominican Republic)
  • INTD 30800: Japan: Fundamental Ideologies and Institutions (Foundations of Material Culture and Patterns of Social Interaction) (Study Abroad)
  • INTD 32300: Classical Islamic Civilization
  • INTD 36700: The Marginalized Voice of Central America (Study Abroad)
  • INTD 36900: Work in Japan
  • INTD 38700: Caribbean Basin—Atlantic Riches (Study Abroad)
  • INTD 39300: China: Tradition and Change (Study Abroad)
  • INTD 28000: Identity and Society in Asia­
  • Pending: INTD []: Identity, Expression, and Representation in India (Study Abroad)

Sector-Specific Courses: For those interested in teaching: THREE courses in Education, choose from:

  • EDUC 20300: Education, Culture, and Society
  • EDUC 20500: Environmental Education
  • EDUC 231: Human Growth and Development and Learning Theory (taken with EDUC 234 or 235: Lab/Field experience, a 6 hour combination)
  • EDUC 232: Developmentally Appropriate Practice Birth to Eight (taken with EDUC 233: Lab/field experience, a 6 hour combination)
  • EDUC 29000: Ethics of Collaboration
  • EDUC 38700: Pedagogy and Instruction

Co-curricular Enhancements: Choose at least one of either:

  • A Study Abroad course
  • A volunteer service learning project in the community
  • A management or accounting internship (if appropriate to their major or to the emphasis of their International Studies Minor)
  • Agriculture, forestry, construction or skilled trade work experience
  • Tutoring/teaching experience (if applicable to their major or to the emphasis of their International Studies Minor or to their desire to teach abroad); serve as an assistant in English as a Second Language courses offered by the college
  • Health care/health education experience (if appropriate to their major or to the emphasis of their International Studies Minor)
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For more information: 

If you are interested in the Peace Corps Preparatory Program at Hiram College, please contact Lisa Safford, director of the Center for Global Interaction:

  • Phone: 330-569-5307
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Download the Peace Corps Prep Advising Sheet

The Peace Corps Preparatory Program is designed to prepare students for the Peace Corps. It does not guarantee acceptance, but makes you a more attractive applicant.