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International Development Minor

The international development minor is required for Shippensburg University's Peace Corps Prep Program. The Peace Corps awards a certificate to students who complete the international development minor and additional leadership and career requirements. Graduates with a Peace Corps Prep Certificate are twice as likely to be accepted for Peace Corps service.

What Will I Learn?

This program prepares you for Peace Corps service and/or careers in international development. Core courses help you develop the intercultural competence you need to engaged thoughtfully and fluidly across cultures. You'll also choose one work sector concentration that corresponds to the six types of international development jobs in the Peace Corps:

  • Education
  • Environment
  • Agriculture
  • Health
  • Youth in development
  • Community economic development

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What are the requirements for this degree?

This minor requires 21 credits in these areas:

  • Introductory course
  • Foreign language
  • Area studies
  • Global perspectives
  • Your chosen work sector concentration


This minor works well for students in a broad array of majors that offer international development courses, including:

  • Biology
  • Education
  • French
  • International studies
  • History
  • Management
  • Political science
  • Psychology
  • Social work
  • Spanish
  • Sustainability

What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?

  • International development
  • Peace Corps
  • International business
  • Diplomacy
  • International education
  • Immigrant social and legal services
  • International risk consultant
  • International law

What Kinds of Experiences Could I Have?

Studying abroad and internships are options providing experience that deepen knowledge of foreign cultures and professional career paths. Study is encouraged in regions of the world where the Peace Corps operates in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Local and international internships are possible to gain required hands-on experience.