Peace Corps Prep

The peace corps prep concentration is designed to foster intellectual curiosity in international development while enhancing the competitiveness of Peace Corps applicants. The concentration has six sectors comprising education, youth development, health, environment, community and economic development, and agriculture, with the unifying mandatory course BIS 355 Peace Corps Seminar. Centered around three core competencies in sector-specific skills, intercultural competence and leadership, the concentration encourages participation in service learning, internship opportunities and study abroad experience.


  • Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours including 12 upper division hours for this concentration.
  • Students are encouraged to take courses that develop breadth rather than limiting their selection to courses in one particular discipline.
  • Depending upon a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this concentration.
  • Foreign language study to at least the 200 level is encouraged but not required.
  • For Peace Corps placements in Spanish or French-speaking countries, foreign language proficiency at the 200 level is often required.
  • Study abroad or international experience is encouraged but not required.

Required Courses (6 credit hours)

BIS 355 Peace Corps Seminar (3)
Choose one course from the following list:
USL 402 Service Learning: Education and Youth, C (3)
USL 410 Service Learning: Diverse Community Issues, L and C (3)

Certificate Elective Courses (12 credit hours)
Students will select 12 credit hours from one of the six program sectors in agriculture, community and economic development, education, environment, health and youth development. A minimum of six credit hours must be upper division, and one upper-division elective course must have a General Studies awareness area of G (Global Awareness) or C (Cultural Diversity).

Agriculture Sector
Examples of electives include, but are not limited to:

AGB 100 Introduction to Agribusiness (3)
AGB 250 Economics of Resource Allocation: Food and Agriculture (3) (Credit is allowed for only AGB 250 or AGB 294 (Economics of Resource Allocation))
AGB 302 International Management and Agribusiness, G (3) (Prerequisite(s): ECN 212 or 214 with C or better; Credit is allowed for only AGB 302 or MGT 302 or BUA 394 (Perspectives in Global Business))
AGB 425 Food Supply Networks (3) (Prerequisite(s): AGB 250 or ECN 212)
AGB 452 Global Food and Agricultural Policy (3) (Prerequisite(s): minimum 45 hours)
ASB 300 Food and Culture, (L or SB) and C (3) (Pre-requisites: ENG 101, 105, 107, or ENG 111; Credit is allowed for only ASB or SSH 300)

Community and Economic Development Sector
Examples of electives include, but are not limited to:

ABS 364 Urban Forestry (3) (Prerequisite: ABS 260)
BIO 324 Environmental Ethics, HU (3) (Credit is allowed for only BIO 324 or PHI 310)
BIO 434 People and Nature: Ecosystem Services (3) (Prerequisites: MAT 117 or higher or SOS 101; junior standing. Credit is allowed for only BIO 434, SOS 434, or BIO 494 (Ecosys Servcs:People&Nature))
ECN 360 Economic Development, SB and G (3) (Prerequisites: ECN 211 or 213, ECN 212 or 214, and MAT 211 or 271 with C or better)
EED 309 Environmental Education Project (1) (Prerequisite(s): minimum 45 hours)
GCU 364 Energy in the Global Arena, SB and G (3)
SOS 327 Sustainable Food and Farms (3) (Prerequisites: Sustainability or Business Sustainability major; SOS 110 and SOS 111 (or PUP 190) with C or better; OR Non-Sustainability major with 2 of the following courses: SOS 100, SOS 110, SOS 111 (or PUP 190), SOS 300 with C or better)

Education Sector
Examples of electives include, but are not limited to:

AFR 350 Inequality and Diversity in Education, L and C (3) (Prerequisite(s): APA 200, AFR 212 (or AFS 210), APA 210, CDE 232, JUS 210, TCL 210 or minimum 30 hours; Credit allowed for only AFR 350 (or AFS 350), APA 350, CDE 350, JUS 365, SOC 350, TCL 360 or AFS/APA/CED/TCL 394 (Inequality & Diversity in Education))
ECD 321 Emerging Language and Literacy (3) (Prerequisite(s): admission to the Professional Program)
ECS 315 Classroom Organization and Child Guidance (3) (Prerequisite(s): Minimum junior standing)
ENG 489 Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy (3) (Prerequisite: BA in English (Secondary Education) major; ENG 102 (or 105 or 108) and one other ENG course)
HCR 402 Advocacy for Health and Health Education (3) (Prerequisite(s): HCR 303 with C or better)
SOC 421 Education and Society, SB (3)
SPF 301 Culture and Schooling, L (3) (Pre-requisites: ENG 102, 105 or 108 with C or better)

Environment Sector
Examples of electives include, but are not limited to:

ASB 371 Inequality and Sustainability, L (3) (Pre-requisites: ENG 101,105 or 107 with C or better; Minimum of 45 hours completed; Credit is allowed for ASB 371, ASB 394 (Inequality and Sustainability), SOS 371 or SOS 394 (Inequality and Sustainability))
ASB 375 Humans and Environment: What's the Connection?, (L or SB) and G (3)
BIO 320 Fundamentals of Ecology (3) (Prerequisite(s): BIO 181 (or BIO 188) and BIO 182 (or BIO 187 or PLB 200 and PLB 201) with C or better OR BIO 281 and 282 with C or better; CHM 116 or 118 with C or better)
BIO 322 Conservation of Biodiversity (3) (Prerequisite(s): BIO 181 (or BIO 188) and BIO 182 (or BIO 187 or both PLB 200 and PLB 201) with C or better OR BIO 281 and 282 with C or better)
GPH 314 Global Change, HU and G (3) (Prerequisite: Minimum 45 hours)
SOS 326 Sustainable Ecosystems (3)

Health Sector
Examples of electives include, but are not limited to:

ASB 301 Global History of Health, SB and G and H (3) (Prerequisite(s): minimum 45 hours; Credit is allowed for only ASB 301 or HST 301 or SSH 301)
ASB 305 Poverty and Global Health, (L or SB) and G (3) (Prerequisite(s): ENG 101, 105, 107, or 111 with C or better; Credit is allowed for only ASB 305 or SSH 305 or WST 305)
ASM 345 Disease and Human Evolution (3) (Prerequisite(s): ASM 104 or BIO 100 or BIO 181 (or BIO 188) or BIO 182 (or BIO 187) or BIO 281 or BIO 282)
EXW 450 Social Determinants of Health and Health Behavior, (L or SB) and C (3) (Prerequisite(s): EXW 101 or 102 (or 290 or 300) with C or better; PSY 101 (or PGS 101) with C or better)
HCD 310 Health Communication (3)
HCR 330 Fundamentals of Community Health (3) (Prerequisite(s): minimum 45 hours)

Youth Development Sector
Examples of electives include, but are not limited to:

ASB 346 Marriage and Family Diversity, SB & C (3)
NLM 300 Fund Raising and Resource Development (3)
NLM 310 Volunteer Management (3) (Prerequisite: minimum 45 hours. Credit is allowed for only NLM or PRM 310)
PRM 315 Community Recreation Systems (3) (Prerequisites: PRM120 (REC120) with C or better)
SOC 241 Modern Social Problems, SB (3)
SWU 456 Immigrants and Refugees, C (3) (Prerequisite(s): minimum junior standing; Credit is allowed for only SWU 456 or SWU 498 (Immigrants & Refugees) or SWG 556)


All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 12 credit hour core.

BIS 301, BIS 302 and BIS 402 courses require:

  • A meeting with your academic advisor to:
    Ensure both of your concentration areas have been declared
    Are working towards completing (or have completed) 1-2 courses in each declared concentration

  • One course meeting general studies MA requirement
  • ENG 102 or ENG 105 or ENG 108 or First Year Composition Completed
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA

Required Courses (12 credit hours):

BIS 301 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies, L (3)

BIS 302 Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better

BIS 401 Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3) (requires application)
     Prerequisites: BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better; Minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area

BIS 402 Senior Seminar, L (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better

For important information, additional major requirements, course descriptions, and application deadlines: Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses

For assistance in selecting your concentration areas of study complete the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration workshop: Interdisciplinary Studies Pre-Advising Workshop

Transfer to ASU

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students

  • Courses may fulfill Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or Associate’s degree requirements, consult with your community college academic advisor for details.
  • MCCCD course transfer equivalencies are listed here; they may be applied toward this concentration (maximum of six credits or two courses).
  • Information listed was current for this catalog year at the time of printing, consult for verification.






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