The Peace Corps Prep Program is an undergraduate certificate that complements the SIS BA in International Studies. The SIS undergraduate curriculum offers an interdisciplinary liberal arts and sciences approach to thinking clearly and critically about the most pressing global challenges. It also affords an opportunity for students to find their truest vocations, to discover their passions, and to become active and engaged citizens in a complex global world that defies simple explanations or solutions.
The Peace Corps Prep Program provides students with additional knowledge, experience, skills, and mentors needed to prepare for service in the Peace Corps. It serves as an additional optional credential for SIS undergraduate students, preparing them in core areas and competencies emphasized by the Peace Corps and potentially* offering an advantage in the Peace Corps application process.
American University has been recognized year after year as ranking second among medium-sized universities as producing the most Peace Corps Volunteers, most recently in February 2016. The Peace Corps Prep Program offers additional recognition, mentorship, resources, and opportunities to our students preparing for Peace Corps service.
*Program Disclaimer Completing the Peace Corps Prep program does not guarantee acceptance as a Peace Corps Volunteer. The many factors considered in the selection and placement of a successful Peace Corps applicant include the individual qualifications vis-à-vis the needs of the position, the other candidates applying, and background and health screenings of each candidate. While acceptance is not guaranteed, the SIS Peace Corps Prep Certificate offers a likely advantage when competing with other qualified candidates.
Stephen W. Angelsmith
Director of Peace Corps Programs