Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

2-3 semesters
Credit Hours:

Promote world peace and friendship through global service.
For more than five decades, Peace Corps Volunteers in 140 countries have demonstrated ingenuity, creativity, and grit to solve critical challenges alongside community leaders.The Peace Corps Prep Program (PCPP) is a formal partnership between the University of North Texas and the U.S. Peace Corps to help prepare students for service as Peace Corps Volunteers or for global careers.

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Why Earn a Peace Corps Preparation Certificate?

UNT’s Peace Corps Prep Certificate prepares students for international development fieldwork and potential Peace Corps service in one of the following Peace Corps Work Sectors:

  • Education
  • Health
  • Environment
  • Agriculture
  • Youth in Development, or
  • Community Economic Development.

To accomplish this, students will build four core competencies:

  1. Training and experience in a work sector
  2. Intercultural competence
  3. Professional and leadership development, and
  4. Foreign language skills (optional).

Students create an ePortfolio to synthesize and reflect upon their UNT Peace Corps Prep experiences.

Peace Corps Preparation Certificate Highlights

Leadership: Builds global leadership skills.
Experience: Provides professional global training and experience.
Knowledge: Contributes to intercultural competence and global knowledge.
Professional Development: Prepares students to be competitive applicants for the Peace Corps and other global careers.
Resume Building: Students create an ePortfolio to synthesize and reflect upon their UNT Peace Corps Prep experiences.
Degree Specialization: Allows students to complete a globally-focused UNT certificate that counts toward their degrees.

Peace Corps Preparation Certificate Courses You Could Take

Migrants and Refugees (3 hrs)
Anthropological understanding of “uprooted” and displaced social groups who leave their country and culture. Worldwide political, economic and social issues are analyzed, as are the processes of accommodation, adaptation and re-creation of their cultural systems in different socioeconomic and political contexts. Begins with general characteristics of the anthropological discussion on “displacement”, then ventures into different models for the analysis and understanding of migration and refugee movements.
Intercultural Communication (3 hrs)
Knowledge and skills designed to increase intercultural communication competence. Investigation into the ways in which culture interrelates with and affects communication processes. Examines affective, behavioral and cognitive processes involved in intercultural learning.
Global Societies (3 hrs)
Explores the changing world by understanding how the far and near are connected by globalization, why markets rise and fall, why income gaps and international poverty persists, how terror and conflicts are produced, and how cultures are re-invented.
Culture, Environment and Society (3 hrs)
Exploration of the dynamic relations between culture and environment addressing ethnic diversity and conflict, development and underdevelopment, settlement patterns, movement of commodities and people (including refugees), and environmental degradation.
Developing Societies (3 hrs)
Changing culture and institutions — family, population, religion, work and politics — in developing nations in South and Central America, Asia, and Africa; impact of industrial nations on societies experiencing rapid urban, bureaucratic, technological and industrial growth; implications for war and peace in the world.
Diversity and Cultural Awareness (3 hrs)
Didactic, experiential and applied learning opportunities prepare students to understand differences and commonalities within diverse cultures. Students learn how cultural identity influences personal and world views, perceptions of experience, and styles of communication. With a focus on developing intra- and interpersonal awareness, students cultivate attitudes and practice skills necessary for relating constructively with diverse individuals in a variety of work settings.

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