Peace Corps Prep Program

Hiram College will offer a Peace Corps Preparatory Program beginning Fall 2014. We are one of three colleges/universities in Ohio to offer a program officially designated as preparation for Peace Corps service.

The program’s curriculum is designed to prepare students to serve in the Peace Corps upon graduation. Upon completion, you will earn a certificate from the Peace Corps and may be eligible to earn an international studies minor (Peace Corps Prep emphasis). Completion does not guarantee placement in the Peace Corps, but makes you a stronger candidate.

The Peace Corps Preparatory Program is well integrated into our broad liberal arts curriculum, and it builds on our strong tradition of service learning and study abroad.

Highlights of the program include:

  • Four courses in a single language
  • Two years of coursework with a focus on economics, management, modern history (post 18th century), sociology, political science, or an interdisciplinary field related to (a) contemporary global issue(s).
  • At least one co-curricular experience, including study abroad, a volunteer/service project, internship, teaching experience, etc.
  • Three courses in education, if you wish to teach in the Peace Corps

Interested? Contact Lisa Safford, Director of the Center for Global Interaction, at  or 330-569-5307.

As a college, we are proud of our alumni who have chosen to enter the Peace Corps. We look forward to expanding and building upon that tradition. 

"My experience helps me get an edge on my competitors. In the Peace Corps, I had a wide range of responsibilities. I was a teacher trainer, a community leader and an ambassador for my culture.  I developed my own lessons and relied on my own resourcefulness to make my lessons both creative and challenging.  Most importantly, I developed problem-solving skills, which has helped me work with a curriculum centered on critical thinking skills."

Bethany Stoian ’06, Spanish major; served August 2006 through November 2008, teaching English as a second language in Kazakhstan

Photo (right) courtesy of Stoian
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