Director: Louise Cainkar, 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 face in both the present and the future.

Peace Studies Major

The major consists of 10 courses (30 credit hours). Four required courses (12 credit hours) and six elective courses (18 credit hours) chosen from any of the focal area course listings.

Required Courses:
INPS 2010Introduction to Peace Studies3
THEO 2500Theology, Violence, and Nonviolence3
INPS 4997Capstone Seminar in Peace Studies3
One of the following:3
Communication and Conflict
Conflict Resolution and Restorative Justice
World Conflict and Security
Elective Courses: Choose six courses from the following areas18
Total Credit Hours30

Elective Course Options:

Focal Area One: Peacemaking

Theories and Practices of Peacemaking 

Working for the cessation of violence (intervention methods, causes of violence/terrorism, resources for reducing violence)

Peacemaking is the discipline that concentrates on preventing war and violence by addressing the underlying causes of violence and war, and by providing alternatives to war and violence such as conflict resolution, nonviolent action, arbitration, mediation and legal structures of dispute resolution.

ANTH 4320Culture, Law and Violence3
CMST 3100Communication and Conflict3
CMST 4400Cross-Cultural Communication in the United States3
CRLS 3640Domestic Violence in the United States3
CRLS 4640Family Violence and Public Intervention3
PHIL 3770Feminist Philosophy3
POSC 4281Urban Public Policy3
POSC 4631World Conflict and Security3
PSYC 3210The Psychology of Prejudice3
SOCI 3700Social Movements3
SOCI 4400Social Inequality3
SOCI 4450Sociology of Sex and Gender3
SOCI 4600The Social Reality of Crime and Justice3
SOWJ 2300Conflict Resolution and Restorative Justice3
SOWJ 2600Community Organizing3
SOWJ 3400Advocacy and Social Change Theory and Practice3
SOWJ 4600Faith-based Activism3
THEO 4490Studies in Moral Theology3

Focal Area Two: Peacekeeping

Justice, Human Rights and Reconciliation

Sustaining the peace (identify actors, human rights and civil liberties, allocation of resources, justice systems)

Peacekeeping is the discipline that keeps violence and war from spreading or reigniting after a peace agreement is signed.

CMST 4330Freedom of Speech3
CRLS 4120Comparative Justice Systems3
ENGL 4452British Literature of the Romantic Period, 1790-18373
HIST 4260Modern Ireland3
HIST 4460Modern South Africa3
PHIL 3710Political Philosophy3
PHIL 3750Philosophy of Law3
PHIL 4953Undergraduate Seminar:3
POSC 2801Justice and Power3
POSC 4251The Politics of Civil Rights and Liberties3
POSC 4601International Law3
POSC 4611International Organizations3
POSC 4651The Politics of Human Rights3
SOCI 4660Law and Society3
SOCI 4700Political Sociology3
SOCI 4740Social Change3
SOWJ 3700Social Welfare and the Law3
THEO 4390Studies in Systematic Theology3

Focal Area Three: Peace Building

Social, Cultural and Economic Development

Building a more peaceful society (environment and resources, addressing poverty, international entities, solidarity)

Peace building is the discipline that goes beyond the cessation of hostilities to bring people previously at odds with one another into reconciliation. Peace building assumes that peace is more than a negative, the end of war and violence. Peace is also a positive, something that needs to be built. Peace building therefore works to encourage and build a culture of sustainable peace—which includes such fundamentals as human rights, the rule of law and an equitable economy.

ANTH 4316Culture Change and Development3
ECON 4016Environmental and Natural Resource Economics3
ECON 4047Development Economics3
ECON 4070Economics and Ethics3
ENGL 4840Postcolonial Literatures3
ENGL 4850Global Literatures 3
HEAL 1025Culture and Health3
NURS 1001Nursing and Health in the Jesuit Tradition3
PHIL 3350Philosophy of the Environment3
POSC 4193Environmental Politics and Policy3
POSC 4411Politics, Economics, and Democracy3
POSC 4441Designing Liberal Democracy3
POSC 4561Politics of the Developing World3
POSC 4621Politics of the World Economy3
POSC 4641Politics of the Illicit Global Economy3
POSC 4661The Political Economy of Development3
SOWJ 4700Global Aid and Humanitarianism3
THEO 4390Studies in Systematic Theology3
THEO 4440Foundations of Ecological Ethics3

 Focal Area Four:  Topics in Peace Studies

Holocaust and Genocide
HIST 4266Nazi Germany and the Holocaust3
HIST 4600Comparative Twentieth-Century Genocides3
Race, Ethnicity and Migration
ANTH 3350Native Peoples of North America3
COMM 4500Race and Gender Issues in Mass Media3
CRLS 4140Race, Crime and Punishment3
ENGL 4810Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies3
ENGL 4820Studies in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies3
ENGL 4830Africana Literatures3
HIST 1301Survey of Latin America3
HIST 3455Modern Middle East Since 15003
HIST 4135African-American History3
PHIL 3380Asian Philosophy3
PHIL 3780Africana Philosophy3
PHIL 4953Undergraduate Seminar: (Latin American Philosophy)3
POSC 4361Politics of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender3
SOCI 3250Race and Ethnic Relations3
SOCI 4250African-American Social Thought3
SOWJ 2150Immigrants and their Communities3
SOWJ 3450Arab and Muslim Americans3
THEO 3420Bridging the Racial Divide3

Notes:

  • Students are encouraged to complete INPS 4986 Internship in Peace Studies, as well as to take Special Topics courses offered each term that reflect Peace Studies themes.
     
  • Internship, Independent Studies and Special Topics courses will count toward a relevant focus area with the approval of the director of Peace Studies
     
  • Special Topics course listings vary by departments.

Peace Studies Minor

The minor consists of six courses (18 credit hours): two required courses (6 credit hours) and four elective courses (12 credit hours) as listed below. 

Required Courses:
INPS 2010Introduction to Peace Studies3
INPS 4997Capstone Seminar in Peace Studies3
Elective Courses: Choose four courses from the following areas:12
Focal Area One: Peacemaking
ANTH 4320Culture, Law and Violence3
CMST 3100Communication and Conflict3
CMST 4400Cross-Cultural Communication in the United States3
CRLS 3640Domestic Violence in the United States3
CRLS 4640Family Violence and Public Intervention3
PHIL 3770Feminist Philosophy3
POSC 4281Urban Public Policy3
POSC 4631World Conflict and Security3
PSYC 3210The Psychology of Prejudice3
SOCI 3700Social Movements3
SOCI 4400Social Inequality3
SOCI 4450Sociology of Sex and Gender3
SOCI 4600The Social Reality of Crime and Justice3
SOWJ 2300Conflict Resolution and Restorative Justice3
SOWJ 2600Community Organizing3
SOWJ 3400Advocacy and Social Change Theory and Practice3
SOWJ 4600Faith-based Activism3
THEO 4490Studies in Moral Theology3
Focal Area Two: Peacekeeping
CMST 4330Freedom of Speech3
CRLS 4120Comparative Justice Systems3
ENGL 4452British Literature of the Romantic Period, 1790-18373
HIST 4260Modern Ireland3
HIST 4460Modern South Africa3
PHIL 3710Political Philosophy3
PHIL 3750Philosophy of Law3
PHIL 4953Undergraduate Seminar:3
POSC 2801Justice and Power3
POSC 4251The Politics of Civil Rights and Liberties3
POSC 4601International Law3
POSC 4611International Organizations3
POSC 4651The Politics of Human Rights3
SOCI 4660Law and Society3
SOCI 4700Political Sociology3
SOCI 4740Social Change3
SOWJ 3700Social Welfare and the Law3
THEO 4390Studies in Systematic Theology3
Focal Area Three: Peace Building
ANTH 4316Culture Change and Development3
ECON 4016Environmental and Natural Resource Economics3
ECON 4047Development Economics3
ECON 4070Economics and Ethics3
ENGL 4840Postcolonial Literatures3
ENGL 4850Global Literatures 3
HEAL 1025Culture and Health3
NURS 1001Nursing and Health in the Jesuit Tradition3
PHIL 3350Philosophy of the Environment3
POSC 4193Environmental Politics and Policy3
POSC 4411Politics, Economics, and Democracy3
POSC 4441Designing Liberal Democracy3
POSC 4561Politics of the Developing World3
POSC 4621Politics of the World Economy3
POSC 4641Politics of the Illicit Global Economy3
POSC 4661The Political Economy of Development3
SOWJ 4700Global Aid and Humanitarianism3
THEO 4390Studies in Systematic Theology3
THEO 4440Foundations of Ecological Ethics3
Focal Area Four: Topics in Peace Studies
Holocaust and Genocide
HIST 4266Nazi Germany and the Holocaust3
HIST 4600Comparative Twentieth-Century Genocides3
Race, Ethnicity and Migration
ANTH 3350Native Peoples of North America3
COMM 4500Race and Gender Issues in Mass Media3
CRLS 4140Race, Crime and Punishment3
ENGL 4810Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies3
ENGL 4820Studies in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies3
ENGL 4830Africana Literatures3
HIST 1301Survey of Latin America3
HIST 3455Modern Middle East Since 15003
HIST 4135African-American History3
PHIL 3380Asian Philosophy3
PHIL 3780Africana Philosophy3
PHIL 4953Undergraduate Seminar:3
POSC 4361Politics of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender3
SOCI 3250Race and Ethnic Relations3
SOCI 4250African-American Social Thought3
SOWJ 2150Immigrants and their Communities3
SOWJ 3450Arab and Muslim Americans3
THEO 3420Bridging the Racial Divide3

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.