Peace Studies Programs

For those interested in learning more about peace by enrolling in Peace Studies programs, here is a listing of such programs, organized by categories:

Undergraduate Peace Studies Programs (Majors, Minors, Concentrations):

Bethel College

Bucknell - Peace Studies minor

California State University, Fresno - Peace and Conflict Studies minor, and Special Certificate in Peacebuilding and Mediation

Chapman University - Peace Studies major (and minor?)  Here is their listing of peace studies courses.

College of St. Benedict/St. John's University - Peace Studies major and minor

Colgate University - Peace and Conflict studies major and minor.  Try this link for more detail.

Earlham College - Peace and Global Studies

Haverford and Bryn Mawr - bi-college concentration in Peace and Conflict Studies

Holy Cross - Peace and Conflict Studies concentration

Gustavus Adolphus - Peace Studies minor

Loyola University Chicago - Peace Studies minor

Manchester College - established in 1948: the first undergraduate peace studies program in the United States.

McMaster University, Canada - Peace Studies minor

Manhattan College - Peace Studies minor

The Plowshares Collaborative - "The Plowshares Collaborative was formed in 2002 by Earlham College, Goshen College and Manchester College to develop the strongest, most distinctive undergraduate program in peace studies in the United States."

St. Michael's College (Vermont) - Peace and Justice minor

Swarthmore College - Peace and Conflict Studies minor

University of California, Berkeley - Peace and Conflict Studies major and minor

University of Colorado at Boulder - Certificate Program in Peace and Conflict Studies

University of St. Thomas - Justice and Peace Studies (major and minor)

University of Wisconsin, Miilwaukee - Certificate in Peace Studies

University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point - Peace Studies minor

Undergraduate and Graduate/Postgraduate Peace Studies Programs:

University of Bradford, Bradford, UK

Cornell University - offers courses in Peace Studies, and a graduate minor in Peace Studies, but not an actual undergraduate degree in Peace Studies.

George Mason University - Conflict Analysis and Resolution: B.A., B.S., or undergraduate minor; M.A., Ph.D., Graduate Certificate, and Graduate Certificate for Health Professionals.

Lancaster University, UK - Richardson Institute for Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution, B.A. and M.A.

The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University - has a Program on the Analysis and Resolution of Conflicts (PARC) which offers an undergraduate minor called The Program in Non-Violent Conflict and Change (PNCC), a graduate Certificate of Advanced Study in Conflict Resolution, and summer classes.

University of Hawaii at Manoa - Peace and Conflict Education, B.A., Certificate in Peace Studies, or Graduate-level Certificate in Conflict Resolution.

University of Notre Dame - The Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, undergraduate and graduate programs. Here is additional information on the M.A. in Peace Studies.

University of San Diego - offers undergraduate minor; and M.A. in Peace and Justice Studies.

Graduate/Postgraduate Peace Studies Programs:

Earlham School of Religion:  Peace Studies - The Earlham School of Religion offers Peace and Justice Studies concentrations for both the M.A. and the M.Div./M.Min. degrees.

Bethany Theological Seminary  - "Each student at Bethany takes at least one course in the area of peace studies, and many students join in a weekly peace studies forum. Students with a special interest and/or experience in peace concerns may elect to add a peace studies emphasis to their M.Div. or M.A.Th. program. Students choosing this option pursue additional course work in peace studies and fulfill certain co-curricular requirements. At the completion of the program, the peace studies emphasis is listed on the student’s final transcript and diploma."

Columbia University - Students seeking the Master of International Affairs degree can focus on international conflict resolution.  Columbia University also has the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, but this institute does not offer degree programs, although courses are offered through the Political Science Department and through the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).

School for International Training (Vermont) - M.A. in Conflict Transformation

University for Peace in Costa Rica.

Other Peace Studies Opportunities:

Pendle Hill Peace Center - unfortunately has been laid down as of August 31, 2005.  But Pendle Hill offers workshops on a regular basis, some of which are peace-related.

School for International Training (Vermont) - Conflict Transformation Across Cultures - "A Summer Peacebuilding Institute and Graduate Certificate Program to strengthen and support the work of international peacebuilders. Participants evaluate efforts, master skills, and develop strategies for intervention."

Responding to Conflict

From web site:  Since 1991 RTC has been providing advice, cross-cultural training and longer-term support to people who are working for peace, development, rights and humanitarian assistance in societies which are affected or threatened by violent conflict.  Working predominantly with international partners at all levels including grass roots, governmental and international, our aim is to help build the capacity of individuals and their organisations for conflict transformation work and peacebuilding in the areas where it is most needed.

United States Institute of Peace

Mission and Goals (from web site):  "The United States Institute of Peace is an independent, nonpartisan, national institution established and funded by Congress. Its mission is to help:

  • Prevent and resolve violent international conflicts

  • Promote post-conflict stability and democratic transformations

  • Increase peacebuilding capacity, tools, and intellectual capital worldwide

"USIP does this by empowering others with knowledge, skills, and resources, as well as by its direct involvement in peacebuilding efforts around the globe."  Also offers summer faculty seminars.

Associations for Peace Studies

Peace and Justice Studies Association

From website:  "The Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA) is a non-profit organization that was formed in 2001 as a result of a merger of the Consortium on Peace research, Education and Development (COPRED) and the Peace Studies Association (PSA). Both organizations provided leadership in the broadly defined field of peace, conflict and justice studies.  We are dedicated to bringing together academics, K-12 teachers and grassroots activists to explore alternatives to violence and share visions and strategies for social justice and social change.  PJSA also serves as a professional association for scholars in the field of peace and conflict resolution studies."