Peace Studies Minor


The peace studies minor explores the moral, strategic and practical aspects of peacemaking at every level of human activity from the interpersonal to the international. Students study the origins of conflicts, dynamics that sustain them, opportunities they offer, destruction they cause, and various approaches available for peacemaking. Courses draw on a wide variety of disciplines – political science, history, economics, communications and religion. For further information on peace and justice curricula and programs, visit the Center for Peace and Justice website or contact the director.
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Minor Requirements

21 credit hours

Choose one of the following:

Students may choose to complete both of these courses, reducing electives to 5 courses.


Why do wars and conflicts occur and how do we prevent these? This course considers the causes of global insecurity (from wars between countries to transnational terrorism to genocide) and examines the various approaches to their resolution, including the creation of international institutions and military alliances. Special emphasis will be placed on the role of religion in global political conflict.
An advanced study of the main theories of peace and nonviolence: what peace is; how it emerges in human, civil, and international relationships; what sustains it; what causes it to break down; and the potential and practice of active nonviolence. Emphasis is given to theories articulated by both scholars and prominent activists (such as Woolman, Gandhi, King, and Dix), and to ideas embodied in such practices as South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commissions and Christian Peacemaker Teams.

Choose six courses from the following:

(or 5 if both courses are taken above)

Focusing centrally on Jesus' teachings about peacemaking, this course deals with the biblical treatment of peacemaking, including the prophetic and apocalyptic visions of the kingdom, and the interpretations of these teachings by the early church. Attention also will be given to what it means to work for peace in today's world, as co-laborers with Christ. Prerequisite: BIBL 100 Bible Survey or BIBL 102 Literature of the New Testament.
A study of communication principles found useful in managing conflict productively. Focus is given to conflict occurring in institutional and organizational settings between individuals and groups. Attention also is given to conflict in social, national, and international settings. (Identical to PSCI 310.)
This course introduces students to causes and consequences of 'the wealth of nations.' Students will learn theories of economic growth and poverty alleviation. Topics to be covered include: globalization, education, international trade, holistic conceptions of development, and the role of institutions. (Identical to INTL 370 and SOCI 370.) Prerequisite: ECON 212 Principles of Microeconomics
An exploration of American thought on the subject of war, both today and in past crises such as the American Revolution, Civil War, wars with the American Indians, the world wars, Vietnam War, and the Gulf War; a study of the official position major church bodies have taken in regard to war; and the experiences of individuals who refused to fight. (Identical to PSCI 420.)
An introduction to the core issues and problems that affect the entire world, including threats to security such as war and terrorism, the rise of globalization, the persistence of inequality between rich and poor countries, and the degradation of the environment. (Identical to INTL 230.)
This course provides students with a solid theoretical and practical understanding of the nature of international organizations (i.e. their origins, structure, and function in world politics) and relation to emerging international law. The practical component of this course examines the historical development, activities, and performance of specific institutions and agencies on a diverse set of policy issues including: security, economics (trade and development), humanitarian assistance, and human rights.
A study of mediation skills and their uses in community disputes, including neighborhood conflicts, public policy issues, and as court-annexed alternatives to litigation. Students also will examine the impact of mediation on democratic political theory, on the theory underlying our adversarial legal system, and on Christian views of conflict in the public arena.
Supervised experiences in varied political agencies. A maximum of three hours of credit can be gained through one internship. No more than six hours of internship credit will be counted toward major requirements, and of these no more than three hours may be upper-level credit. Pass/No Pass.