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 (PCST '13)

Her story here. (St. Cloud Times January 8, 2017)
Young Leaders Honored in 5 Under 40. (St. Cloud Times January 24, 2017)

Ed Heisler (PCST '06)

Men as Peacemakers wins prestigious Bush prize (MPR Nov 15 2016)

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.