Conrad Grebel University College

Conrad Grebel University College is affiliated with the University of Waterloo. Students at Conrad Grebel receive undergraduate or graduate degrees from the University of Waterloo, a publicly funded institution.

Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS), a social justice-oriented discipline within the Faculty of Arts at the University of Waterloo, is both an undergraduate and Master’s degree program. “The mission of PACS is to educate students to pursue peace and justice in the context of diverse investigations into the origins and nature of conflict and violence. The program strives to educate, invigorate and mobilize students to make use of conceptual and/or practical models to imagine and build a culture of peace between individuals, in our communities, among nations and around the world.”

The peace and conflict studies undergraduate program is a dynamic 3 or 4 year BA in which theory and practice come together through unique instructors and diverse course offerings. PACS courses are taught by both practitioners in the field as well as committed and engaged faculty members who have assorted research interests and areas of expertise. Students can explore the world and career opportunities through the flexible Field Study option that can be done anywhere in the world. Students majoring in PACS will take a mix of PACS core courses and courses from a list of 120 offerings in 20 other departments that focus on issues of justice and peace from a different lens. This flexibility in core and elective courses allows students to tailor their degree to individual interests, including topics such as conflict resolution and mediation, violence and nonviolence, religion and culture in peacebuilding, and human rights and social justice.

Conrad Grebel also offers a distinctive interdisciplinary professional Master’s program in Peace and Conflict Studies that prepares students with the knowledge and practical skills needed to contribute to nonviolent peace building efforts. Placing a unique focus on the pivotal role that individuals within civil society play, the MPACS program explores the potential of civil society to advance peace through principled advocacy, effective programming, and dynamic engagement with the state and marketplace. A key focus of this program is to prepare students for careers as practitioners, through an optional internship in a local, national, or international setting. Student experiences range from working at Community Justice Initiatives (CJI) mediating disputes, to working as a support worker for refugees at FCJ Refugee Centre, to working for Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) as a project consultant in Tanzania, and working for the United Nations in Cambodia, Switzerland, China and Thailand.

In addition to the academic program, the PACS department hosts a vibrant and growing Conflict Management Certificate Program, offering over 30 skills training workshops for both public and student interest. Workshops can be taken individually or as part of streams focusing on workplace, family or congregational conflict. The program has been part of the College since 1998, and has developed a strong reputation for consistency and quality, engaging leading field practitioners and academics, while responding to current issues and models of conflict resolution.

Program Director:
Lowell Ewert
lmewert@uwaterloo.ca
(519) 885-0220 ext. 24380