A Catholic college that embraces community and social action as one of its core values, Manhattan College has offered a peace studies major since 1971. The program is designed to educate students in solutions-based approaches to “problems of war, injustice, genocide and violence.” Central to the program’s philosophy is an understanding of “positive peace” that implies justice and harmony between people, rather than a simple absence of violence.
Majors in the program are required to study theories of peace and justice as well as current and historic conflicts in the world. An internship or a “field project” – some sort of practical, off-campus training in a relevant skill or topic – is also required. The college’s location in New York City offers students “numerous opportunities for internships and participation in peace and justice activism.”
Dr. Kevin Ahern
Director of Peace Studies