Coordinator: Tansa G. Massoud

There are more than 160 higher learning institutions offering Peace Studies programs in the United States and more than 500 colleges around the world. The United States government gave official recognition to the field of Peace Studies in 1984 when it established the U.S. Institute of Peace. In 1987, the Peace Studies Association, a professional academic body, was established. In addition, the field is represented by the Consortium on Peace Research, Education, and Development (COPRED). There are at least six scholarly journals devoted to Peace Studies.

Peace Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study housed primarily in the social sciences. Other labels for Peace Studies include "peace and conflict studies", "peace and justice studies", and "conflict analysis and resolution." Peace Studies explores the causes and nature of human conflict from the interpersonal to the global level. Historically, Peace Studies programs concentrated on "negative peace" or absence of war. Today, more attention is devoted to the concept of "positive peace" promoting social, political, and economic justice. A partial list of topics under Peace Studies includes violence, war, ethnic conflict, conflict management, conflict resolution, peacemaking, law, human rights, values, justice, environment, racism, sexism, and nonviolence. Normatively, the goal of Peace Studies is to promote a more just and peaceful world.

The Peace Studies minor selects courses related to this topic from a variety of departments and programs including Anthropology, Biology, East Asian Studies, Economics, English, Environmental Studies, Geography, History, International Relations, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Sociology, and Women’s and Gender Studies.

The Peace Studies minor allows students to group a number of courses to advance their interest in conflict, violence, justice, and peace. A Peace Studies concentration will enrich students’ understanding of their respective majors and prove useful to careers or graduate studies in a variety of fields, including journalism, education, media, politics, public policy, law, business, domestic and international organizations, and international relations.

The Peace Studies minor will consist of five courses, none of which can be double counted in the student’s major and with no more than three of those five courses being in the same department.

1. Two of the five courses must be chosen from the list below:

PHIL 233: The Philosophy of Peace and Nonviolence
POLS 280: War
UNIV 219/POLS 281: Peace Studies

2. The remaining three courses must be selected from the list given below. However, students can propose to include another relevant course by consulting with and obtaining approval from the coordinator of the minor. Students also can manage to have an internship or field work related to the minor count for credit.

ANBE 266: Animal Behavior

ANTH 235: Modern Africa

BIOL 266: Animal Behavior

EAST 226: East Asian Politics
EAST 234: China Since 1800
EAST 248: East Asian International Relations
EAST 255: Modern Japanese History
EAST 269: Chinese Politics
EAST 382: U.S. China Relations

ECON 235: African Economic Development
ECON 236: Unemployment and Poverty
ECON 258: Intermediate Political Economy
ECON 333: China and World Economy

ENGL 221: African American Literature
ENGL 228: Topics in Gender Studies

ENST 205: Green Utopias
ENST 255: Environmental Justice
ENST 260: Environmental Law

GEOG 113: Human Impact on the Environment
GEOG 209: Economic Geography
GEOG 210: Urban Conditions
GEOG 211: Political Geography
GEOG 236: Third World Development

HIST 220: American Civil War and Reconstruction
HIST 223: Twentieth-century African-American History: Eyes on the Prize
HIST 239: Contemporary Europe, 1890-1995
HIST 290: European Imperialism and Colonialism
HIST 292: African History II
HIST 311: U.S. History since 1865: Topics

IREL 225: Chinese Politics
IREL 226: East Asian Politics
IREL 255: International Law
IREL 283: East Asian International Relations
IREL 310: Human Rights
IREL 382: U.S.-China Relations
IREL 425: International Relations of Migration

LAMS 150: Latin America: An Introduction
LAMS 297: Latin American History

POLS 170: International Politics
POLS 205: Comparative Politics
POLS 211: Third World Politics
POLS 219: Latin American Politics
POLS 222: Russian Politics
POLS 224: Government and Politics of the Middle East
POLS 225: Chinese Politics
POLS 226: East Asian Politics
POLS 238: Women and Politics
POLS 271: American Foreign Policy
POLS 272: U.S. National Security Policy
POLS 275: Global Governance
POLS 283: East Asian International Relations
POLS 285: International Relations of the Western Hemisphere
POLS 287: United States and the Middle East
POLS 289: Arab-Israeli Conflict
POLS 382: U.S.-China Relations

PSYC 209: Social Psychology
PSYC 233: Black Psychology
PSYC 266: Animal Behavior
PSYC 306: Advanced Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 330: Conflict and Peace in Northern Ireland

RELI 201: Islam
RELI 202: Hinduism
RELI 226: Environmental Ethics
RELI 234: Issues of Religion and Culture: Ethics of War and Peace
RELI 245: Religions of China
RELI 246: Religions of Japan
RELI 280: Religion and Constitutional Law
RELI 281: Religion and American Politics

SOCI 213: Race in Historical and Comparative Perspectives
SOCI 234: Criminology
SOCI 243: Race and Ethnicity
SOCI 251: Violence and Society
SOCI 409: How Holocausts Happen
SOCI 410: Remembering the Holocaust

WMST 150: Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
WMST 238: Women and Politics

 

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