The University of North Texas – one of only two large, public universities on this list – established its peace studies program in 2000, and offers the only such degree program in a very large geographical area that includes most of the southern United States. It is one of the fastest-growing degree programs at the university, couched within the international studies program.
The curriculum is interdisciplinary, with focuses on structural causes of conflict as well as ways in which it can be resolved through nonviolent methods. Peace studies majors take just one required class, an introduction to the field, and select their remaining courses from options grouped by theme: determinants of violence, conflict management, and issues of justice. Majors are strongly encouraged to complete an internship to fulfill elective credit, and all students within the international studies department are strongly encouraged to study abroad at some point during their college careers. The University of North Texas has several different scholarship funds available to students in the peace studies program.
Dr. David Mason