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Peace Studies Major & Minor

Peace Studies explores the presence and nature of conflict in human interaction, the causes of war and intergroup violence, the methods of violence and nonviolence, and the conditions for sustainable peace. The purpose of the department is to examine these subjects through the methods offered through the humanities and social sciences.

Who is a CSB/SJU Peace Studies graduate?

  • Directors of NGOs
  • Members of Parliament
  • Foreign Service Officers
  • CEOs of Non-Profits
  • College Professors
  • Grad School Students
  • Musicians

Meet just a few of them here.


Recent Highlights!

Hudda Ibrahim ('13) receives 2019 Bush Fellowship

https://www.sctimes.com/story/news/local/2019/03/20/bush-foundation-fellowships-award-st-cloud-minnesota-ibrahim-schumacher/3223670002/

Alul Yesak ('14) featured alumnae profile

https://www.csbsju.edu/xpd/students/exploring-majors-and-careers/alum-spotlights/alul-yesak

Caroline Desert ('19) is accepted to the Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF), teaching English

https://www.csbsju.edu/news/tapif-program

Overview of the Program

  • Students and faculty explore the potential for better conflict management, peacemaking processes, reconciliation and peacebuilding given the present historical circumstances.
  • Approaches that are investigated include: nonviolent social protest; alternative approaches to security; international law and organization; and mediation and conflict resolution. 
  • Department Faculty. The CSB/SJU Peace Studies Department is unique nationally in that it has three full-time professors, dedicated to teaching.
  • Club and Activities. The CSB/SJU Peace Studies Club contains students passionate about social justice and effecting change in our world.  Majors from around CSB/SJU are invited to be members of the club, work on activities and bringing speakers to campus.  Each year they attend the University of Notre Dame Student Peace Conference in South Bend, Indiana. The annual conference is sponsored by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, and is planned and directed entirely by undergraduate peace studies students.
  • Paths to Success. Students who major in peace studies can work with their advisor to focus in a specific area such as public health, Catholic Social Teaching, interfaith/world religions, gender and violence, environmental justice, or economic justice. We encourage PCST studies majors to design a track suitable to their interests. 
  • Global Learning Aspect. Our students frequently participate in the Study Abroad program and Alternative Break Experiences (ABE), taking their passion global both in their studies and in their work. 
  • Experiential Learning. The Peace Studies Department requires an internship as part of its major. The sites are as diverse as the students themselves. Here are just a few.

What do our grads say?

PCST "is one of the best kept secrets at CSB/SJU."

You "develop a very advanced lens for understanding the complexities of systems, people, cultural groups, conflict, and peace-building."

"The best strength to me of the PCST department was the ability to get a very broad view of justice issues and an introduction to critical thinking. I really think 99% of the undergrad education I use on a daily basis comes from the Peace Studies department." 

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Contact Us

Jeff Anderson
Chair, Peace Studies Department
Simons 122
320-363-3047

Sheila Hellermann
Department Coordinator
SJU Simons 150
320-363-2731

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