Curriculum

The interdisciplinary character of the Peace Studies department facilitates the integration of the various strands involved in conflict and the complex nature of peace.  Building upon the six required courses, a student majoring in Peace Studies, in close consultation with the department, focuses his/her interest by looking at conflict and its resolution through detailed study in the social sciences, the humanities or the natural sciences.

Major

Required Courses

  • (PCST) 111 - Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies
  • 221 - Theory and Practice of Nonviolence
  • 333 or 343 - Theologies of Violence/Non-Violence or Philosophies of Violence/Non-Violence
  • 346 - Mediation and Conflict Resolution
  • 397 - Internship
  • 399 - Capstone
  • ENVR 175 or ENVR 275 - Integrated Environmental Science (except for those in the Natural Sciences Concentration) A Natural Science course substitute can be chosen in consultation with student advisor
  • Completion of either the Humanities, Natural Science, or Social Science concentration

Humanities Concentration (24 additional credits)

The humanities concentration will include six PCST humanities courses, chosen by the Peace Studies major to fit her/his particular focus.  The selection will need the approval of the student's advisor and the department chair.  Students with a humanities concentration will take PCST 333 or PCST 343 (whichever was not taken for the basic requirements).  Five of these courses must be upper division.

Natural Sciences Concentration (34-56 additional credits)
A major or minor in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics or nutrition; one PCST humanities course chosen in consultation with the student's advisor; one PCST social science course, also chosen in consultation with the student's advisor.

Social Science Concentration (24 credits)

Six PCST courses chosen in consultation with the student's advisor, in order to fit his/her particular focus within the department.  Five of these courses must be upper division.

Minor

Required Courses (24 credits)

  • (PCST) 111 - Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies
  • 221 - Theory and Practice of Nonviolence
  • 333 or 343 - Theologies of Violence/Non-Violence or Philosophies of Violence/Non-Violence
  • 346 - Mediation and Conflict Resolution
  • 399 - Capstone
  • One additional 300-level PCST course

(Updated 2/20/12); This new PCST curriculum requirement goes into effect for fall 2012, and applies to the class of 2016.