BA in Peace Studies

Peace Studies Director Candace Walworth with student in classroom

The Peace Studies program prepares students to work as local and global change agents by cultivating curiosity, compassion, and courage and developing the knowledge and skills to foster a more just, equitable, and sustainable world. The 36-credit Peace Studies major offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of peace, conflict, and transformative action, engaging students in service, research, and creative projects that take them into the community and bring the community into the classroom.

Faculty design and promote active learning environments, encouraging independent and collaborative projects that reflect students' personal passions and commitments. The program approaches the study of peace and conflict holistically—with attention to personal and social transformation, to the needs of individuals, communities, and the global commons. From introductory to advanced courses, the program creates opportunities for students to integrate and apply their learning.

The Peace Studies major includes primary and cross-listed courses in education, environmental studies, psychology, and religious studies. Students complete an internship and a senior project as part of the major.

Program Vision

The Peace Studies program offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of peace and conflict that takes students into the community and brings the community into the classroom. Faculty and students work together to create dynamic learning communities that cultivate compassion and develop the knowledge and skills to engage complex, real-world issues. While some students choose to focus on local civic engagement projects and initiatives, others are drawn to work nationally and internationally. The program approaches the study of peace and conflict holistically — with attention to personal and social transformation, to the needs of individuals, communities, and the global commons.

Entering the Major

In accordance with University policy, students can declare their major at any time. Please consult with your Academic Advisor to plan your schedule in the program.

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