The Peace and Conflict Studies 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 the 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 the Peace and Conflict Studies fact sheet to learn more about the certificate.

Certificate Requirements

Total Credits

18 credits

Core Course Requirement (3 credits)

PeaceSt 203 – Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies, 3 credits

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

Global Studies 203 – Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies, 3 credits

Fieldwork Requirement (3 credits)

Students are required to do an internship, self-designed research project, or study abroad that relates to peace and conflict studies. The purpose of this requirement is to enable the student to engage in peace and/or conflict work through practical experience or research. The area of study must be approved by the coordinator of the Peace and Conflict Studies Certificate and must meet the requirements of the department through which it is being completed.
The Fieldwork Requirement can be fulfilled in one of three ways:

  • Internship – UWM, local organizations, and international organizations offer a
    variety of internship opportunities, both paid and unpaid. The Study Abroad office has partnerships around the world with organizations that arrange internships for students. Students pursuing an internship may enroll in PEACEST 489 or an approved internship course in another department.
  • Study Abroad – UWM offers several faculty-led study abroad courses, through various departments, schools, and colleges.
  • Independent Study – The student may propose a research project to a Professor in an area of interest. The Independent Study also must be discussed with and approved by the Peace and Conflict Studies Certificate Coordinator.  Students pursuing independent research may enroll in PEACEST 699 or an approved independent research course in another department.
Elective Requirements (12 credits)

Select at least four 3-credit courses. A maximum of 9 credits (3 courses) may be taken in any one department. Course offerings change from year to year. A full list of electives is available online at Students should consult with their advisor or the
certificate Coordinator. Electives can be taken across various campus departments.

  • Africology
  • Anthropology
  • Conservation and Environmental Sciences
  • Communications
  • Comparative Literature
  • Criminal Justice
  • Economics
  • Educational Policy
  • English
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Film
  • Freshwater
  • Geography
  • Global Studies
  • Health Care Administration
  • History
  • Hmong Studies
  • Jewish Studies
  • Latino Studies
  • Nursing
  • Public Health
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Theatre
  • Urban Planning
  • Urban Studies
  • Women and Gender Studies
Additional Requirements

A student must complete 18 credits in the program.
At least 9 credits must be in advanced courses
(300 level and above), and at least 9 credits must
be completed at UWM. A 2.500 GPA average is
required in the certificate. Students interested in the
Peace and Conflict Studies Undergraduate Certificate
should consult with the coordinator or their advisor to
add the certificate and outline a program of study.