Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution

The Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution Certificate is premised on the notion that helping people work together to creatively manage conflict will result in more peaceful and just societies, locally and internationally.

Building peace in our community, nation, and world will depend on our ability to work well together to solve problems and pursue opportunities. The Certificate aims to help students build the foundation in these essential skills. It is open to students majoring in any field who wish to explore the meaning of peace, including human welfare and quality of life, as well as the resolutions of different types of political, economic, or social conflicts.

The certificate can enhance the resume of students going into social work, education, public administration, law, healthcare, international affairs, human resources and global business. The program is interdisciplinary combining coursework from history, political science, communication, economics, anthropology, and sociology.

A required fieldwork experience helps students tie their classroom learning with action.

Download our fact sheet to the right to learn more about the certificate.

Certificate Requirements

Total Peace Studies Credits

18 credits

Two of the Following Courses (6 Credits)

PeaceSt 201 - Introduction to Conflict Resolution and Peace, 3 credits

Commun 365 (520) - Negotiation Skills Workshop, 3 credits

Commun 665 - Introduction to Mediation, 3 credits

Commun 675 - International Mediation, 3 credits

Pol Sci 175 -Introduction to International Relations, 3 credits

Required Fieldwork (3 Credits)

The purpose of this requirement is to enable the student to engage in peace studies through "practical" experience or research. The student should be engaged in the "practice of peace" through community service, conflict identification and education, environmental awareness, governmental politics, or social change. The area of study must be approved by the coordinator of the peace studies certificate and must meet the requirements of the department through which it is being completed. The fieldwork requirement may be fulfilled in one of three ways: an internship, study abroad, or independent study.

Elective Courses (9 Credits)

Students are encouraged to construct an area of concentration from their elective credits. Suggested areas of concentration may be geographic and/or thematic, such as:

  • World regions and countries
  • World religions and practices
  • Conflict resolution skills
  • International relations
  • Sustainable development
  • Peace studies/education
  • Environmental studies
  • Social change/social justice
  • Economic development
Following is the list of approved courses. For the specific content and prerequisites of each course, see its listing under the originating department elsewhere in this catalog. Additional courses may be approved with the consent of the Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution Program coordinator.
  • Africol 218 - Conflict and Cooperation in Black-White Relations
  • Africol 265 - Psychological Effects of Racism
  • Africol 300 - Urban Violence
  • Africol 322 - Order and Disorder: The Quest for Social Justice
  • Anthro 150 - Multicultural America
  • CES 210 - Introduction to Conservation and Environmental Science
  • CES (Bio Sci) 471 - Principles of Natural Resource Management
  • CES 490 - Senior Seminar: Conservation and Environmental Science
  • Commun 192 - First-Year Seminar: "Communication and Conflict"
  • Commun 350 - Intercultural Communication
  • Commun 363 (263)* - Communication in Human Conflict
  • Commun 364 (520) - Negotiation Skills Workshop
  • Commun 450 - Cross Cultural Communication
  • Commun 634 - Current Topics in Interpersonal Communication/Conflict Management: ("Genocide and Communication" subtitle)
  • Commun 662 - Seminar in Communication: ("Communication and Civility" subtitle)
  • Commun 665 - Introduction to Mediation
  • Commun 675 - Communication in International Mediation and Peacebuilding
  • CompLit 230 - Literature and Society: ("Existentialism" and "Children/Youth as War Casualties" subtitles)
  • CompLit 231 - Literature and Religion: (Subtitle)
  • CompLit 232 - Literature and Politics: ("Contemporary Women Writers and the Ethics of Violence" and "Gender and the Historical Novel" subtitles)
  • CompLit 233 - Literature and Film: ("Film and War" subtitle)
  • CompLit 433 - Comparative Mythology
  • Crm Jst 416 - Domestic Violence Research
  • Crm Jst 420 - Violence and the Criminal Justice System
  • Crm Jst 592 - Critical Issues in Criminal Justice: ("Restorative Justice" subtitle)
  • Econ 353 (474) - Economic Development
  • Ed Pol 411 - Conflict and Change
  • Ed Pol 520 - Peace Education
  • Ed Pol 521 - Nonviolence in Education
  • Ed Pol 522 - Abusive Relationships: Community Problems, Community Solutions
  • Ed Pol 579 - Current Topics in Cultural Foundations of Education: ("Antiracist Education" subtitle)
  • English 150 - Multicultural America
  • English 192 - First-Year Seminar: ("Vietnam in American Culture" subtitle)
  • English 247 - Literature and Human Experience: ("Literature of the Ecological Vision" and "Whitman and Ginsberg - Liberating American Bards" subtitles)
  • English 293 - Literature and Media: ("African American Literature on Film" and "Vietnam in American Culture" subtitles)
  • ExcEduc 617 - Cooperative Learning: Creative Conflict
  • Geog 120 - Our Physical Environment
  • Geog 125 - Introduction to Environmental Geography
  • Geog 350 - Conservation of Natural Resources
  • Global 101- Introduction to Global Studies I: People and Politics
  • Global 201- Introduction to Global Studies II: Economics and the Environment
  • Global 202 - Introduction to Global Studies III: Globalization and Technology
  • Global 351 - Language, Media, and Social Practice in Global Communications
  • Global 371 - Rethinking Global Security
  • Global 442 - Humanitarianism in Global Perspective
  • Global 447 - The Global Politics of Human Rights
  • Global 451 - Access, Security, and Intercultural Contexts in Global Communications
  • Global 471 - Strategies for Realizing Security in Global Contexts
  • Global 499 - Ad Hoc: (with appropriate subtitle)
  • Global 541 - Cross-Cultural Management
  • Global 551 - Global Communications Capstone: Future Trends
  • HCA 245 - Client Diversity in Health Sciences: An Interdisciplinary Perspective (also offered as BMS/ComSDis/Kin/OccThpy/TherRec 245)
  • Hebr St 238 - Topics in Hebrew/Jewish Literature, Art, and Culture: ("The Holocaust in Literature and Film"; "The Arab-Israeli Conflict"; "The Holocaust in Words and Images" subtitles)
  • Hebr St 254 - Studies in Hebrew Culture: ("The Arab-Israeli Conflict"; "A Home for the Jews", "Judaism, Christianity, Islam – Three Religions, One God" subtitles)
  • Hist 150 - Multicultural America
  • Hist 200 - Historical Roots of Contemporary Issues: ("Civil Strife in Northern Ireland" subtitle)
  • Hist 249 - The Second World War in Europe
  • Hist 280 - Islamic Civilization: The Formative Period, ca. 500-1258
  • Hist 281 - Islamic Civilization: The Middle Period, ca. 1200-1805
  • Hist 282 - The Modern Middle East in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
  • Hist 283 - Arab-Israeli Relations: The Search for Peace
  • Hist 286 - The Korean War
  • Hist 287 - The Vietnam War
  • Hist 358 - The Jews of Modern Europe: History and Culture
  • Hist 363 - Germany: Hitler and the Nazi Dictatorship
  • Hist 364 - The Holocaust: Anti-Semitism and the Fate of the Jewish People in Europe, 1933-1945
  • Hist 370 - Topics in the History of Religious Thought: ("Buddhist Thought" and "Introduction to Buddhist Thought" subtitles)
  • Hist 385 - Political Islam to Zionism: Middle Eastern Intellectual History, 789-1990
  • Hist 434 - The United States as a World Power in the Twentieth Century
  • Hist 440 - History of the American Working Classes
  • Hist 457 - Military History of the United States
  • Hist 594 - Methods and Theory in the Historical Study of Religion: ("Women, War, and Religion in Early Medieval Europe" subtitle)
  • Hist 600 - Seminar in History: ("Incarcerated – Japanese Americans and World War II"; "The Cold War as History"; "World Wars and Anti-Socialist Politics" subtitles)
  • Honors 200 - Honors Seminar: The Shaping of the Modern Mind: ("War Stories - Art and Experience from the Front Lines" subtitle)
  • IntlSt 550 - Senior Seminar in International Studies: (with appropriate subtitle)
  • JAMS 661 - Seminar in Media Communication and Society: ("War and the Media" subtitle)
  • PeaceSt 201* - Introduction to Conflict Resolution and Peace
  • Philos 204 - Introduction to Asian Religions
  • Philos 244 - Ethical Issues in Health Care: (with appropriate subtitle)
  • Philos 271 - Philosophical Traditions: ("Western Great Lakes American Indian Philosophy" subtitle)
  • Philos 275 - Introduction to Middle Eastern and Western Religions
  • Philos 355 - Political Philosophy
  • Philos 475 - Special Topics in Indian Religious Thought: ("Gandhi and Nonviolence" subtitle)
  • Pol Sci 175* - Introduction to International Relations
  • Pol Sci 316 - International Law
  • Pol Sci 328 - The Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • Pol Sci 333 - Seminar in Comparative Politics: ("Collective Violence and the State" subtitle)
  • Pol Sci 337 - International Organizations and the United Nations
  • Pol Sci 338 - Seminar in International Politics: (Subtitle)
  • Pol Sci 339 - European Integration
  • Pol Sci 340 - Politics of Nuclear Weapons
  • Pol Sci 359 - Problems of American Foreign Policy
  • Pol Sci 361 - History of International Political Thought
  • Pol Sci 365 - Theories and Methods in International Politics
  • Pol Sci 370 - International Conflict
  • Pol Sci 371 - Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict
  • Pol Sci 419 - Constitutional Interpretation
  • Pol Sci 464 - Women and the Law
  • Psych 611 - Current Topics: ("Psychology of Conflict, War, and Peace" subtitle)
  • Sociol 150 - Multicultural America
  • Sociol 215 - Religion and Society
  • Sociol 325 - Social Change
  • Sociol 450 - Environmental Sociology
  • UrbPlan 350 - Social Justice, Urban Planning, and the New Multicultural America
  • Urb Std 360 - Perspectives on the Urban Scene: ("The Urban Riot" and "Crime and Violence in the City" subtitles)
  • WGS 150 - Multicultural America

Additional Requirements

A student must complete 18 credits in the program; nine of these must be in advanced courses (300-level and above). All students are required to complete an exit survey before the certificate is awarded.

GPA Requirements

A 2.500 GPA must be achieved in courses prescribed for the certificate.