The Peace Corps Prep Program is an opportunity for all MU students interested in leadership and global service and features a curriculum designed to prepare students for impactful service overseas.
The Program aims to advance the goals of the Peace Corps under its charter: to help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women; to help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served; and to help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans. Although participation in Peace Corps Prep does not guarantee that applicants will be accepted as volunteers, the specialized curriculum and experience should make them strong candidates.
Students completing the program will earn the following:
- Minor in Leadership and Public Service from the MU Office of Service-Learning
- Peace Corps Prep certificate from the U.S. Peace Corps
- Multicultural Certificate from the MU College of Arts and Sciences
The Peace Corps Prep Program (PCP) was developed through a collaborative partnership between MU Peace Corps Recruiting Office, MU Peace Corps Liaison, Multicultural Certificate Program, Fellowship Office and Office of Service-Learning. The U.S. Peace Corps and MU officially marked the partnership on September 25, 2013. MU is the largest educational institution that offers Peace Corps Prep.
Your PCP Requirements
You have a wide range of course choices and credited global and local service projects that you may shape to fit your academic plan and gain invaluable professional experience. The PCP will help you build the profile you need to engage in global service in the future.
Required PCP/Minor in Leadership Course Work
- MU Community Engagement Project—3 credit hours, offered every semester
- Global Service Seminar—1 credit hour, offered every semester
- Global Service and Service-Learning Courses—6 credit hours, choose from multiple opportunities that compliment your major and enhance your professional skills
- Courses in cultural and international studies, service and leadership and public policy—6 credit hours, select courses from the recommended courses list (found on the PCP blackboard) and work with our advisers to shape your PCP profile.
Strengthening Your PCP Profile
In addition to required courses, we will assist you to create an overall profile that will help you to be even more effective as you approach your application for the Peace Corps and other global service opportunities while you are an undergraduate, and of course, after you graduate. Many of these elements may already be part of your major!
Some suggestions for your PCP Profile include:
- Courses in STEM fields, agriculture, education, business and health sciences.
- Foreign language study, particularly French and Spanish
- Any study abroad experience
- ESL certification
- Undergraduate research
- Participation in applying for nationally competitive fellowships and awards
- Co-curricular community service
- International, government or non-profit internships
- Student leadership experiences