Guilford College’s historical affiliation with the Quaker church is a significant influence on its peace and conflict studies program. Students are encouraged to examine conflicts’ roots, engage in an individual search for truth, embrace nonviolent social change, and learn practical problem-solving skills. The major in peace and conflict studies includes a series of core courses, a variety of relevant elective classes from related academic departments, and an internship. A peace and conflict studies minor is also available.
Guilford College’s Conflict Resolution Center is an on-campus resource that exists to address conflicts that arise between members of the campus community. The center offers students in the peace and conflict studies department an opportunity for practical experience using conflict resolution methods drawn from the school’s Quaker heritage: “understanding, listening and cooperation.”