The peace and conflict studies major at Messiah College, which maintains ties to several Christian traditions including the historically peaceful Anabaptist movement, focuses on “the Christian foundations for peacemaking and reconciliation.” Through a required class, plus an internship or practicum, students also learn mediation and reconciliation skills, and have opportunity to receive certification as basic conflict mediators in the state of Pennsylvania. Theological and religious studies are also important parts of the core curriculum, which is augmented by electives in history, sociology, political science and other related fields.
Peace and conflict studies majors are strongly encouraged to study abroad through Messiah College’s international studies program, with affiliated programs in more than 40 countries. They are also encouraged to spend a semester at its Philadelphia campus, where students live in an intentional community setting while experiencing urban life and taking classes through Temple University. The college’s major and minor programs in peace and conflict studies is a part of its Sider Institute for Anabaptist, Pietist and Wesleyan Studies, which also hosts a series of peace lectures and sponsors the student peace fellowship.
Dr. Anne Marie Stoner-Eby
(717) 766-2511 ext. 2046