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Acceptance into Upper Division

At the time that the peace studies major applies for official acceptance into the department, ordinarily at the beginning of the second semester of his/her sophomore year, the student will prepare a focus statement, which will contain two basic elements:

  1. What has drawn the student towards a peace studies major;
  2. The particular area of interest which the student would like to choose as the organizing theme of her/his course work in peace studies.

As is obvious, a successful major in peace studies must have a tightly focused concentration in order to insure her/his preparation for graduate school or the work world. The major in peace studies requires a great deal of contact between the peace studies student and the peace studies advisor in order to insure a focused program of studies.

However, it might be helpful to list some courses within the Humanities and Social Sciences which might easily be approved for inclusion in a peace studies major.

Humanities

  • COMM 101, 205, 250, 251, 265, 303, 304, 350, 351, 367;
  • ENGL 382, 383, 388;
  • HIST 120, 302, 316, 317, 321, 322, 323, 344. 355, 364, 365, 368;
  • SPAN 336, 345;
  • PHIL 130;
  • Some topics courses within theology.

Social Sciences

  • ECON 111, 317, 325, 332, 333, 353, 356, 361, 362;
  • POLS 121, 325, 339, 340, 342, 343, 344, 345, 346, 347, 348, 349, 352, 355;
  • PSYC 111, 310, 350, 354;
  • SOCI 111, 250, 329, 330, 333, 334, 336, 338, 340, 341, 342, 346, 347, 351, 353.

Each student must receive approval from her/his advisor for any courses within the concentration which will count towards the major. The department chair will sign off on the list of courses.

Link to Focus Statement