Merose Hwang, (2012) Associate Professor of History; Co-Coordinator of Asian Studies Minor; Coordinator of the Peace Corps Prep Program
B.A., University of Colorado at Boulder; M.A., Yonsei University, South Korea; Ph.D., University of Toronto

Hiram College began offering a Peace Corps Preparatory Program in Fall 2014. We are one of only 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 Completion does not guarantee placement in the Peace Corps but makes you a stronger candidate.

Program Learning Goals:

The Peace Corps Preparatory Program is well integrated into our broad liberal education curriculum, attends to our global urgent challenges, builds on our strong tradition of service learning and study abroad.

Requirements for the certificate

  • Four courses in a single language
  • Six courses with a focus on communication, education, history, 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

Required Courses:

Foreign Language Study:

A minimum of FOUR courses in a single language: (students may test out of one or more)

Required Gateway Course (choose one):

  • HIST 13800: World History 1800-Present
  • SOAN 15500: Introduction to Sociology
  • INTD 22500: Humans and the Environment
  • ECON 22700: Globalization an Economic Perspective
  • POLS 22300 Comparative Politics

Choice of FIVE from the following list (minimum of ONE INTD course and TWO total from either ECON, EVST/BIOL, MGMT, HIST, SOAN or POLS):


  • BIOL 280: Seminar: Water in Crisis
  • BIOL 380: Tropical Biome Restoration


  • COMM 24800: Media and Multiculturalism
  • COMM 25000: Communication Between Cultures
  • COMM 35400: Intercultural Health Care Communication


  • ENGL 22600: India in Fiction and Film
  • ENGL 33100: Studies in World Literature
  • ENGL 43800: Advanced Studies in World Literature: Visions of India


  • LITR 15600: Meso-American Literature
  • LITR 16000: Japanese Literature


  • ETH 30100: Ethics Service and Reflection


  • EVST 20500: Environmental Education
  • EVST 20900: Environmental Geology
  • EVST 21000: Interdisciplinary Readings in Environmental Studies
  • EVST 23210: Managing for Sustainability: Organizational Ecology
  • EVST/BIOL 24100: Principles of Ecology
  • EVST 27000: Environmental Ethics
  • EVST/BIOL 27800: Ecology
  • EVST 33800: Environmental Activism and Policy
  • EVST 35500: Wetlands, Rivers, and Coastal Areas


  • HIST 12800: World History 1000-1800
  • HIST 13000: The World Since 1945
  • HIST 20800: Modern East Asia
  • HIST 20700: Modern Japan 1600-Present
  • HIST 21100: Sino-Japanese Relations
  • HIST 21300: Selling Shanghai
  • HIST 21400: Consumerism and Culture in Modern Japan
  • HIST 21700: Modern China 1842 to Present
  • HIST 21900: Japan Since 1868
  • HIST 22700: Colonization and Exploitation
  • HIST 23020: Brothel to Factory—History of Female Labor in Asia
  • HIST 24500: History of North Korea
  • HIST 24000: Environmental History
  • HIST 25650: Gender and Sexuality in East Asia
  • HIST 27000: The Civilization of China
  • HIST 27100: Qing China 1644-1911
  • HIST 27600: Locating Manchuria
  • HIST 28000: Shamans & Superstition
  • HIST 28000: Chosŏn Korea: 1392-1910
  • HIST 30500: Japan and Empire in East Asia


  • POLS 20500: World Geography
  • POLS 21100: Government and Politics of the Middle East
  • POLS 22300: Comparative Politics
  • POLS 22800: International Law
  • POLS 22900: International Organization
  • POLS 23100: International Relations
  • POLS 23300: Politics of International Economic Relations
  • POLS 23400: Politics of Developing Areas
  • POLS 27400: Modern Political Philosophy
  • POLS 30600: International Relations of South Asia
  • POLS 31100: Middle East and World Politics
  • POLS 31600: Comparative Elections
  • POLS 31700: Comparative Foreign Policy
  • POLS 32000: Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Political Violence
  • POLS 33200: Islam and Politics
  • POLS 33500: Towards a Global State
  • POLS 33800: Globalization
  • POLS 35100: Political Philosophy for a Dangerous World


  • SOAN 15500: Introduction to Sociology
  • SOAN 20100: Social Problems
  • SOAN 20300: Cultural Anthropology
  • SOAN 21500: Human Settlements: Urbanization, Sprawl, and Transition
  • SOAN 25100: Population Patterns: An Introduction to Social Demography
  • SOAN 30300: Environmental Sociology
  • SOAN 35100: Stratification and Health
  • SOAN 35900: Medical Sociology
  • SOAN 38700: Sociology of Food


  • Any Study Abroad course

Sector-Specific Courses: For those interested in teaching: THREE courses in Education, choose from:

  • EDUC 20300: Education, Culture, and Society
  • EDUC 20500: Environmental Education
  • EDUC 231: Human Growth and Development and Learning Theory (taken with EDUC 234 or 235: Lab/Field experience, a 6 hour combination)
  • EDUC 232: Developmentally Appropriate Practice Birth to Eight (taken with EDUC 233: Lab/field experience, a 6 hour combination)
  • EDUC 29000: Ethics of Collaboration
  • EDUC 38700: Pedagogy and Instruction

Co-curricular Enhancements: Choose at least one of either:

  • A Study Abroad course
  • A volunteer service learning project in the community
  • A management or accounting internship (if appropriate to their major or to the emphasis of their International Studies Minor)
  • Agriculture, forestry, construction or skilled trade work experience
  • Tutoring/teaching experience (serve as an assistant in English as a Second Language courses offered by the college)
  • Health care/health education experience (if appropriate to their major or to the emphasis of their International Studies Minor)