Affiliated with the Mennonite Church, Goshen College offers a major in peace, justice and conflict studies that is “rooted in Anabaptist-Mennonite theology and history.” The program looks at conflict from a range of perspectives, from issues of international war and peace to “applying peacemaking perspectives and skills to personal relationships and all aspects of community life.” In addition to required courses on Biblical Themes of Peace and Mediation, majors choose from a variety of classes on peace and justice topics and skills, as well as courses in economics, political science and history. An internship experience is also required for majors.
Goshen College also offers minors in conflict transformation studies and peace and justice studies.
Goshen requires students to participate in intercultural study, and 80 percent of the student body goes abroad through the college’s Study-Service Term (SST). A ground-breaking program that has been offered for more than 40 years, SST destinations are in developing countries, where students live with local host families and focus on intensive language and cultural studies before working on a voluntary service project.
Dr. Joe Liechty