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2015-2016 Catalog 
    
2015-2016 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

International Service and Peace Corps Preparation Program


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The International Service and Peace Corps Preparation Program (ISPCPP) is designed to prepare students to serve in the Peace Corps or other international service organizations.  The curriculum includes course work in international development, cross-cultural skills, foreign language study, and specific disciplines related to a student’s focus area in international service.  The program also includes community service, either an international experience (internship, service or study abroad) or a cross-cultural domestic experience (service or internship), and intensive mentoring.  Students interested in the program can submit an application to CIPA as early as the second semester of their freshman year, but no later than their first semester as a junior.  Although completion of the program does not guarantee that applicants will be accepted as Peace Corps volunteers, the specialized curriculum and experience will make them strong candidates.  Students must have a GPA of at least 2.5 to be accepted into the program, and maintain a GPA of at least 2.5 throughout their enrollment in the ISPCPP.

Foreign Language Requirement


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  • At least two courses in French, chosen from the following:

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  • At least two courses in Spanish, chosen from the following:

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  • A grade of “C” or higher must be earned in each course.  Students may substitute at least two courses in another foreign language, or in American Sign Language, but French and Spanish are the preferred languages for Peace Corps applicants.  The language course requirement may be waived for students who meet any one of the following criteria:

    1. Completion of four years of high school Spanish or French coursework, with a minimum grade of “C” in each course, within the 8 years prior to ISPCP program completion;
    2. Demonstrated proficiency as evidenced by a score of 50-62 on the Spanish or French College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exam within the 6 years prior to ISPCP program completion; or
    3. Demonstrated proficiency as evidenced by a score of “Novice-High” or “Intermediate-Low” on the official American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) within the 6 years prior to ISPCP program completion.

    Students who choose to take an exam to demonstrate foreign language proficiency will do so at their own expense.

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Other Requirements


  1. At least 100 hours of community service and/or internship in a community development project, to be documented by the Center for Community Service.  (Documented community service after matriculation but before application to the ISPCP program may count toward part of this requirement, but students must continue to engage in service activities during their junior and senior years.)
  2. At least three semesters of peer mentor service with international students, to be arranged through CIPA. (EDUC 2245 and ROCI 4485 may count for part of the requirement.)
  3. One international study, service, or internship experience, after matriculation at Shawnee State University, to be arranged through CIPA or approved ahead of time by the program coordinators OR one domestic internship or service experience in a cross-cultural context, to be approved ahead of time by the program coordinators.

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