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Director: Michael Duffey, Ph.D. 

Both the major and the minor in Peace Studies offer an interdisciplinary curriculum that addresses the causes of social and political conflict and explores methods of resolving conflict within and between nations and transnational groups.  Students analyze such topics as the processes of peace building, power, justice, human rights, and social and economic development, among many others.  Students are prepared for further study and practice in fields of law (e.g., human rights, immigration), social and political development, public health, peace and development organizations, and more. By the very nature of the distinct academic discipline of Peace Studies, this interdisciplinary major and minor explore cultural, historical, and other identity issues as an important framework for understanding and resolving global conflicts. They also attend to the interpersonal realities, community, and sources and solutions of issues and conflicts with which our students will be faced in both the present and the future.

Peace Studies Major

The major in Peace Studies consists of twelve courses (36 credit hours): six required Foundational Core courses (18 credit hours) and six elective courses (18 credit hours) with two courses selected from each of the three Focal Areas: 1) Peace Building, 2) Power, Justice, and Human Rights, 3) Social and Economic Development. Additional background courses in economics, english, history, philosophy, political science, psychology and theology are required to meet the prerequisites for the required and elective courses.

Foundational Core Courses
Required Courses:
CMST 3100Communication and Conflict3
ECON 4070Economics and Ethics3
INPS 2010Introduction to Peace Studies3
INPS 4997Capstone Seminar in Peace Studies3
PHIL 3710Political Philosophy3
THEO 2500Theology, Violence, and Nonviolence3
Elective Courses: Choose two courses from each Focal Area listed below
Focal Area 1: Peace Building - Choose two courses6
Intercultural Communication
Criminal Violence in America
American Military History
United States-Latin American Relations
Internship in Peace Studies
Restorative Justice Clinic (with permission)
Contemporary Ethical Problems
World Conflict and Security
International Politics of the Middle East
International Politics of Asia
United States-Latin American Relations
Conflict Resolution and Restorative Justice
Studies in Moral Theology (Forgiveness, Reconciliation, and Justice)
Islam: Faith and Practice
Focal Area 2: Power, Justice, and Human Rights - Choose two courses6
Culture, Law and Violence
Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies
Studies in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
Nazi Germany and the Holocaust
Modern South Africa
Comparative Twentieth-Century Genocides
Internship in Peace Studies
Justice and Power
International Law
The Politics of Human Rights
Introductory Social Psychology
The Psychology of Prejudice
Arab and Muslim Americans
Christian Faith and Justice
Studies in Moral Theology (Martin, Malcolm, and Baldwin)
Focal Area 3: Social and Economic Development - Choose two courses6
The Russian Economy
Internship in Peace Studies
Philosophy of the Environment
Earth and Environmental Physics
Politics of the Developing World
International Organizations
The Political Economy of Development
Social Inequality
Advocacy and Social Change Theory and Practice
Faith-based Activism
Global Aid and Humanitarianism
Total Credit Hours36

 NOTE:

  • INPS 4986 Internship in Peace Studies is listed as an elective course in each of the three Focal Areas.  It may only be taken once for credit for the Peace Studies major. The student's internship application must identify which of the three Focal Areas will be addressed through the internship experience. The internship must have the prior approval of the director of Peace Studies.

 

Peace Studies Minor

The minor consists of seven courses (21 credit hours): four required courses (12 credit hours) and three elective courses (9 credit hours) as listed below. 

Required Courses:
CMST 3100Communication and Conflict3
INPS 2010Introduction to Peace Studies3
INPS 4997Capstone Seminar in Peace Studies3
THEO 2500Theology, Violence, and Nonviolence3
Electives - Choose one course in each focal area.
Focal Area 1: Peace Building3
Intercultural Communication
Criminal Violence in America
American Military History
United States-Latin American Relations
Contemporary Ethical Problems
World Conflict and Security
International Politics of the Middle East
International Politics of Asia
United States-Latin American Relations
Conflict Resolution and Restorative Justice
Studies in Moral Theology (Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Justice)
Islam: Faith and Practice
Focal Area 2: Power, Justice, and Human Rights3
Culture, Law and Violence
Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies
Studies in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
Nazi Germany and the Holocaust
Modern South Africa
Comparative Twentieth-Century Genocides
Justice and Power
International Law
The Politics of Human Rights
Introductory Social Psychology
The Psychology of Prejudice
Arab and Muslim Americans
Christian Faith and Justice
Studies in Moral Theology (Martin, Malcolm, and Baldwin)
Focal Area 3: Social and Economic Development3
The Russian Economy
Philosophy of the Environment
Earth and Environmental Physics
Politics of the Developing World
International Organizations
The Political Economy of Development
Social Inequality
Advocacy and Social Change Theory and Practice
Faith-based Activism
Global Aid and Humanitarianism
Total Credit Hours21

Notes:

  • Relevant upper-division, independent study and special topics courses may be counted toward the course requirements of the minor with the prior approval of the director of Peace Studies.
  • Any substitutions must be approved by the director of Peace Studies.
  • A number of the courses listed above have pre-requisites that must be met prior to taking the course.

Courses

INPS 2010. Introduction to Peace Studies. 3 cr. hrs.

An interdisciplinary, introductory seminar for students interested in Peace Studies. Students explore faith-based and secular theoretical and practical approaches to the concepts of peace, through critical discussion of relevant texts and reflective writing.

INPS 4997. Capstone Seminar in Peace Studies. 3 cr. hrs.

Senior seminar for students completing Peace Studies. Designed to bring interdisciplinary approaches to bear on questions of peace. Topics include the application of peace building skills, the creation of just systems, the protection of human rights, and effective models of development. Students explore paths to peace through text-based inquiry, multidisciplinary theoretical analysis, and integration of prior course work. Experiential learning opportunities and internships are offered. Prereq: Sr. stndg. and INPS major or minor.