Intercultural Competence

Peace Corp Prep students must take 3 approved Intercultural Competence courses.

Engaging thoughtfully and fluidly across cultures begins with one’s own self-awareness. With this learning objective, you will deepen your cultural agility through a mix of three introspective courses in which you learn about others while reflecting upon your own self in relation to others. The goal is for you to build your capacity to shift perspective and behavior around relevant cultural differences. Some example courses:

Choose at least 1 of these core courses:

  • ANTH 114 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 331 Refugees
  • ANTH 332 Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Globalization
  • ATEP 205 Cultural Competence
  • COMM 305 Foundations of Intercultural Communication
  • CONF 302 Culture, Identity, and Conflict
  • CONF 325 Dialogue and Difference
  • EDUC 301 Educationally Diverse Populations: Handicapped, Gifted, Multicultural
  • GOVT 445 Human Rights
  • SOCI 320 Social Structure and Globalization
  • WMST 100 Representations of Women

Choose 2 additional electives from the above list or these below:

  • ANTH 302 Peoples and Cultures of Latin America
  • ANTH 306 People and Cultures of Island Asia
  • ANTH 311 People and Cultures of Mainland Southeast Asia
  • ANTH 385 Gender, Class, and Ethnicity in Latin America
  • ARTH 203 Survey of Asian Art
  • ARTH 204 Survey of Latin American Art
  • ARTH 380 African Art
  • ARTH 383 Arts of Southeast Asia
  • ECON 362 African Economic Development
  • EVPP 355 People, Plants, and Culture
  • GGS 316 Geography of Latin America
  • GGS 325 Geography of North Africa and the Middle East
  • GOVT 331 Politics of Latin America
  • GOVT 333 Government and Politics of Asia
  • GOVT 342 Diplomacy
  • GOVT 432 Political Change and Social Development in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • GOVT 433 Political Economy of East Asia
  • GOVT 446 International Law and Organization
  • HIST 252 Survey of East Asian History
  • HIST 261 Survey of African History
  • HIST 262 Survey of African History
  • HIST 272 Survey of Latin American History
  • HIST 282 Survey of Middle Eastern Civilization
  • HIST 367 History, Fiction, and Film in Latin America
  • HIST 462 Women in Islamic Society
  • LAS 100 Introduction to Latin American Studies
  • MUSI 103 Musics of the World
  • INTS 314 Conflict, Trauma, & Healing
  • INTS 362 Social Justice & Human Rights
  • INTS 416 Refugees and Internal Displacement
  • RELI 212 Religions of Asia

Is there another course in the catalog that you feel meets this requirement? Please discuss it with your PC Prep Coordinator.

Alternatively, one of the following may be substituted for one of the course electives above*:

  • Participation in the Global Living LLC
  • Completion of the Global Engagement Certificate

Peace Corps Tip! 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.

*Students may not use participation in both the Global Living LLC and the completion of a Global Engagement Certificate to substitute for both electives—only one may be substituted.