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Mission and Learning Goals

The peace studies program encourages students to think and act with responsible human freedom and to be capable of effective service to others. Inside and outside of the classroom the Peace Studies Department seeks to cultivate an environment for learning which draws its deepest inspiration from a desire for the truth, for justice and for charity. Our commitment to community-based education is evidenced by the internships and service learning activities that peace studies majors and minors undertake.

Practitioners in the field of peace studies are aware that any concrete situation reflects multiple issues. Effective peacemaking and conflict resolution thus requires an ability to synthesize the strands involved in the conflict, including gender and ethnicity, economics and environment, religion and philosophy, culture and government, history and literature, psychology and social structure.

Goal 1: Students will understand the causes and dynamics of conflict, violence and peace at the intergroup and international levels.

Goal 1a. Students will understand, compare and evaluate theories and research on the causes of intergroup and international conflict and violence.

Goal 1b. Students will understand, compare and evaluate theories and research on the conditions for peaceful and just social systems.

Goal 1c. Students will understand, evaluate and be able to use the techniques and channels available for peaceful conflict management, resolution, and transformation.

Goal 1d. Students will understand, compare and evaluate theories and research on nonviolent social and political power.

Goal 1e. Students will understand, compare and evaluate religious and ethical theories concerning violence, peace and justice.

Goal 2. Students will apply peace studies concepts and skills in experiential learning settings.

Goal 2a. Students will apply peace studies concepts and skills through the required peace studies internship.

Goal 2b. Students who wish to do so will be able to apply peace studies concepts and skills through service-learning options available in some peace studies courses.

Voices of Our Grads

Our major is designed to be individualized and tailored to each student’s unique learning goals. By choosing one of the three tracks—Social Science, Humanities or Natural Science—students are able to pursue a personalized education that allows for academic freedom while instilling critical thinking and effective communication skills. A major in peace studies will prepare you to achieve your own life ambitions; just look what these graduates are doing: