Peace & Conflict Studies

Peace and Conflict Studies Courses

The minor is composed of three core courses and your choice of electives from three different categories.

Core Classes

1.    PEAC 101: Intro to Peace and War

An examination of interdisciplinary understandings of foundations of peace and war. This course examines current international peace keeping efforts and human rights’ organizations as well as analyzes current employment opportunities in the field. This course will satisfy a gtPathways Arts and Humanities Ways of thinking (GT-AH3) general education requirement.

2.    PS 221: Intro to International Politics
An examination of the international struggle for power, with special emphasis on nationalism, economic objectives, armaments, multinational corporations and North-South issues. This course will introduce key theories and concepts of international relations; examine the causes of war and the challenges to constructing peace; trace the origins and evolution of the modern state as the predominant actor in world politics; explore alternative actors to "states" and the dynamics of "globalization" through the lens of contemporary issues. This course will satisfy a gtPathways Social and Behavioral Sciences Economic or Political Systems (GT-SS1) general education requirement.


2.     ANTH 210 Intro to Sociocultural Anthropology
Sociocultural anthropology deals with the relationship of culture to society and the individual. This course is designed for the beginning student and introduces the basic concepts, theories and methods of this broad field. It also looks at the application of ethnological thought in considering modern human realities and problems and in understanding the relationship of cultural and expressive forms to identity. This course will satisfy a gtPathways Human Behavior, Culture or Social Frameworks (GT-SS3) general education requirement.

3.    PEAC 401: Conflict Resolution Strategies
An examination of various conflict resolution strategies including distributive, integrative, and principled negotiation as well as a variety of mediation strategies ranging from traditional to transformative. It requires both scholarly and practical experiences through strategy analysis and numerous role plays.


Three additional courses, one from each category.

Social Justice (10 choices)

  • Adventure Education--AE 350: Adventure Processing Facilitation
  • Anthropology--ANTH 355: Anthropology of Gender, ANTH 358: Native American Gender Studies
  • History--HIST 316: Civil War America, HIST 335: Work and Workers in the U.S.
  • Gender and Women's Studies--GWS 332: Women in American History
  • Philosophy--Phil 251: Moral Philosophy, PHIL 365: Philosophies of Feminism
  • Psychology--PSYC 270: Psychology of Gender
  • Sociology--SOC 250: Social Issues-Native Society

International Relations (6 choices)

  • Education--ED 222: Education: Global Perspectives
  • History--HIST 321: War and Peace in Africa, HIST 334: United States & Vietnam
  • Political Science--PS 322: International Political Economy, PS 325: Middle East Politics, PS 337: U.S. Foreign Policy

Environmental Ethics (8 choices)

  • Economics--ECON 335: Environment/Resource Economics
  • Philosophy--PHIL 252: Environmental Ethics
  • Political Science--PS 420: Water Politics and Policy, PS 475: Global Environmental Politics
  • Psychology--PSYC 260: Environmental Psychology
  • Sociology--SOC 310: Ecology and Society, SOC 311: Ecology & Society Field School
  • Southwest Studies--SW 181:US/SW Environmental History