The interdisciplinary character of the Peace Studies department facilitates the integration of the various strands involved in conflict and the complex nature of peace.  Building upon the six required courses, a student majoring in Peace Studies, in close consultation with the department, focuses his/her interest by looking at conflict and its resolution through detailed study in the social sciences, the humanities or the natural sciences.

Requirements for incoming majors and minors 


Basic Requirements (28 Credits)

PCST 111 - Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies

  • 221 - Theory and Practice of Nonviolence
  • 333 or 343 - Theologies of Violence/Non-Violence or Philosophies of Violence/Non-Violence
  • 346 - Mediation and Conflict Resolution
  • 397 - Internship
  • 399 - Capstone
  • ENVR 175 or ENVR 275 - Integrated Environmental Science

Electives (24 credits)

Each student takes 6 elective courses chosen with the help of the student's faculty adviser to support the student's area of interest, or "focus", within the field of Peace Studies. We will provide sample tracks listing common electives for popular focus areas (such as Global Health or Human Rights) on our website, but students will not be required to choose an existing track. Each student will have the option to design a personalized track by selecting 6 electives to match a unique focus.


Required courses
PCST 111, 221, 346, 399; one additional 300-level PCST course.