Peace studies at Arcadia University largely centers on its master’s degree program in international peace and conflict resolution, and is included in this list only because of its programs that allow undergraduates special and accelerated access to its graduate program. The graduate program’s curriculum is based on theory and practice in conflict analysis, management and resolution.
Qualified undergraduates can consult with their advisors and receive assured acceptance into the master’s program, typically after majoring in a social sciences or humanities field. Arcadia also offers a selective five-year B.A./M.A. program in international peace and conflict resolution. Students in this program complete the requirements for an undergraduate major either in international studies (including a required study abroad) or political science within three years before transitioning to graduate-level coursework. The graduate program also requires study abroad. It “is designed to produce graduates who are well-prepared for mid-level positions in a wide variety of government agencies and non-governmental organizations.”
Amy S Cox, PhD
Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) offers an undergraduate major in peace and conflict transformation studies focusing on conflict analysis and exploring “alternative ways of dealing with conflict that develop healthy relationships and prevent violence.” Both three- and four-year B.A. programs are offered.
The curriculum for the four-year B.A. in peace and conflict transformation studies requires two introductory courses and a senior seminar. Remaining coursework is drawn from long lists of electives grouped by two thematic areas: analyzing peace and violence, and peacebuilding. There is also a credit requirement for practical training in a peace skills field, such as mediation or nonviolent direct action, as well as a practicum in a relevant placement. The three-year B.A. is identical except that fewer credits are needed.
Building on over 25 years of experience in delivering undergraduate programs in conflict resolution, peace, and international development studies, CMU now offers a Master of Arts in Peacebuilding and Collaborative Development that blends these core themes, designed both for practitioners and for those pursuing academic studies.
CMU also sponsors the Canadian School of Peacebuilding, which offers intensive summer courses on topics relevant to peacebuilders from around the world, and publishes Peace Research: The Canadian Journal of Peace and Conflict Studies.
Nonviolence, social justice and positive societal change are emphasized across the university’s entire curriculum and in its mission statement, as befits a university that maintains strong ties to one of the traditional “peace churches,” the Mennonite Church. Yet the university is clearly committed to educating people of all faiths in peacemaking theory and practice, as shown by its Center for Interfaith Engagement .
The undergraduate major in peacebuilding and development includes core studies of the theory and practice of social justice and social change, plus a series of classes in philosophy, political science, economics and contemporary issues of peace and justice. Many of the professors in the program, and the university in general, have lived in other countries and demonstrate commitment “to work for justice at home and around the world.” Majors must also complete a practicum, often through the Washington (D.C.) Community Scholars Program.
Eastern Mennonite University also offers a five-year accelerated MA in Conflict Transformation degree in collaboration with its Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP). CJP offers a graduate program that draws peace practitioners from around the world to campus (Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee is a graduate). It sponsors a variety of other peace and justice programs and initiatives, including an annual Summer Peacebuilding Institute, which hosts between 150 to 200 people from around 40 countries. With more than 2,800 participants in its 20 years of existence, SPI has initiated several similar initiatives around the world, 12 of which were featured in a 2015 issue of Peacebuilder magazine.
Founded in 1917, Eastern Mennonite University was an early proponent of requiring all students to participate in cross-cultural studies; the majority of students spend a semester abroad through one of the university’s many cross-cultural programs.
EMU Undergrad Admissions Dept., (800) EMU-COOL
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For more than 30 years, faculty, students, and alumni of the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University have been committed to addressing justice and peace issues through rigorous academic programs and innovative research and practice. Our undergraduate program offers a B.A., B.S., minor, and Accelerated Master’s degree. Undergraduates learn to address deep-rooted conflicts and work toward their resolution at the interpersonal, community/organizational, and global levels. Students analyze conflict from multiple perspectives and pursue a uniquely designed concentration of elective courses chosen from across the humanities and social sciences.
Experiential learning, undergraduate research, study abroad, internships, and extracurricular activities are enhanced by our proximity to the nation’s capital and provide students the opportunity to gain practical, real-world experience in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Our focus on developing students’ abilities in analysis, writing, inquiry, problem solving, and conflict resolution skills equips graduates with sought-after job skills and prepares them for placement in a wide variety of careers and graduate programs in business, law, government and public administration, international policy and diplomacy, education, community and global development, health, and the social sciences.
Dr. Mara Schoeny
In 1971, the year after the infamous killing by the Ohio National Guard of four of its students protesting the U.S. war in Vietnam and Cambodia, Kent State University established its Center for Applied Conflict Management as the university’s original living memorial to the student victims. The center began offering an undergraduate degree in peace and conflict studies in 1973. With more than 1,000 students regularly enrolled in its classes each year, and with six full-time faculty with graduate degrees in peace and conflict studies, it is one of the country’s largest such programs.
Majors in applied conflict management must take nine core courses, including ones on conflict theory, international conflict resolution, nonviolent action, mediation, transitional justice, and gender & power issues, plus an internship with an outside organization. The 33-credit undergraduate degree is completed with two additional applied conflict management electives. The program is designed to give students “a solid background in the theory and skills of conflict management while allowing the flexibility to concentrate in a particular area of professional interest.” A 21-credit minor is also available.
In the fall of 2013, Kent State University also began offering conflict analysis and management as a concentration or track in its political science PhD program. In addition, students wishing a Master’s degree may enroll in the Masters in Liberal Studies, a self-design graduate degree where they can elect conflict analysis and management as one of their foci, taking the many conflict management courses offered in the political science doctoral degree.
Dr. Patrick Coy
The Center for Conflict Resolution at Salisbury University exists to “effectively promote and foster nonviolent, collaborative and peaceful ways to resolve conflicts,” working through community outreach, research and practice, in addition to its academic programs. The center offers a conflict analysis and dispute resolution major, designed as a pre-professional program for undergraduate students who want to pursue careers or graduate study in conflict intervention.
Ten courses are required for the major, including five core requirements and two upper-level electives largely focusing on conflict theory, analysis and resolution techniques. The remaining classes allow majors to develop a concentration in one of three different levels of conflict: international; intergroup/organizational; and interpersonal. Majors must also fulfill internship and field research requirements that can be completed locally, nationally or internationally.
Salisbury also offers a five-course conflict analysis and dispute resolution minor, as well as a new, two-year M.A. program. One of the university’s official clubs is the conflict resolution club, open to any students; it also hosts an annual lecture series that brings to campus notable leaders and activists in nonviolence, social change and conflict resolution.
Department chair: Dr. Ignaciyas Soosaipillai
The Conflict Transformation Across Cultures (CONTACT) program brings together people from around the world in a multicultural setting to develop and improve their skills in peacebuilding and conflict transformation. Participants join an alumni network that includes over 1,000 peacebuilders from Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas. The CONTACT program facilitates online sharing within and between cohorts so that discussions, professional development, and networking among peers may continue after the program’s completion. CONTACT facilitates programs in Kathmandu, Nepal; Brattleboro, Vermont, USA; and an online Graduate Certificate in Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding.
The Masters of Arts in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding is designed to engage current and future peacebuilders in the tasks of conflict prevention, intervention, and healing within their own communities and as third-party consultants. The program focuses on SIT’s strengths in human relations and multicultural competence; in working with the nongovernmental organization (NGO) sector; in hands-on, pragmatic pedagogy; and in field-based practicum experience. The program encourages and models values needed for transformation in individuals, in relationships among parties in conflict, and in the local and global structures in which conflict is embedded.
CONTACT Program Director:
Bruce W. Dayton, PhD
MA in CT Degree Chair:
The University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies is one of the world’s leading centers for research and scholarship on the causes of violent conflict and strategies for sustainable peace, offering programs at the doctoral, master’s and undergraduate level. Undergraduates at Notre Dame can pursue peace studies as a 24-credit supplementary major or a 15-credit interdisciplinary minor to complement another major. Both provide students with an opportunity to integrate multiple intellectual interests and personal values into a comprehensive undergraduate learning experience.
The program offers a comprehensive, rigorous curriculum that draws from both the humanities and the social sciences. Students take several core requirements that explore foundational theories and strategies, taught by expert scholars and practitioners of peacebuilding, as well as specialized courses and thematic electives drawn from a variety of departments across the university. Courses cover modern peace research, link theory and scholarship to policy and practice, and encourage reflection on how to build peaceful and just societies at all levels.
Each year, the program’s undergraduates organize and host the annual Notre Dame Student Peace Conference, which attracts graduate and undergraduate students from around the continent to “present original research and showcase innovative peacebuilding practices.” Most students undertake service work or research projects in the local community and throughout the world, utilizing opportunities available through departments and centers across campus. The Kroc Institute also honors an undergraduate each year with the Yarrow Award in Peace Studies, which recognizes academic excellence and a commitment to peace and justice in the world.
Notre Dame is a Roman Catholic university, and the peace studies program is rooted in that church’s “rich tradition of teaching on war, peace, justice and human rights.” The Kroc Institute has developed particular expertise in the study of religion, conflict and peacebuilding and in approaches that foster collaboration among religious and secular traditions in order to strengthen peacebuilding capacity. Students wishing to explore questions of interreligious or interfaith dialogue, the relationship between religion, identity and conflict, or the role of ethical approaches to peacebuilding will find the peace studies program at Notre Dame a particularly rich environment.
Director of Undergraduate Studies:
(574) 631-8533 (phone)
The Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego offers a 2-year Master of Arts degree in peace and justice studies and a 1-year Master of Arts degree in peacebuilding.
The MA in peace and justice studies is a 2-year full-time program designed for those seeking to acquire the fundamentals of peace and justice, while having the opportunity to integrate new knowledge and capabilities in applied peace projects. In addition to courses and small workshops, the program offers a 10-week U.S. Or international summer internship and a capstone integrative project.
The MA in peace building is a 1-year full-time program designed for highly motivated and thoughtful leaders in areas such as peace building, human rights, conflict resolution, humanitarian relief, development and social justice. The program provides a unique opportunity to learn new ideas and techniques in the field as well as to expand global networks. After completing this degree program, graduates will be able to accelerate their initiatives or lead new ones with success.
Asst. Director of Graduate Student Services: