The Peace Studies Certificate and Associate Degree
offer an interdisciplinary, theoretical, and practical
approach for students to enter into the academic
and/or professional field of Peace Studies. Students
gain skills to critically analyze current affairs related
to peace and conflict. Students evaluate global
consequences of events leading to violent conflict to
offer alternative solutions to create more peaceful,
just and equitable societies. The Peace Studies
program allows students to gain professional
experience with an organization working within a
related field through participation in the required
one-unit capstone course in field experience.
To provide the opportunity for the student to
contemplate, analyze, and discuss issues related to
peace and conflict on all levels; to apply theory in
academic disciplines such as literature, anthropology,
environmental science and philosophy to the field
of peace studies; to critically think about their role in
the world and their possible contributions to a more
peaceful world; to demonstrate theories related
to both positive and negative peace; to gain an
understanding of the role of human rights and other
moral and ethical concepts.
The four main pillars of the Peace Studies program
are human rights, conflict studies, peace processes
and the concept of justice in relation to peace.
The program explores issues related to these four
pillars on an inter/intra personal, communal, and
global level. An emphasis is placed upon 1) the
interdisciplinary nature of addressing issues related
to peace and conflict, 2) active participation and involvement in the service learning component of
the required capstone course, and 3) affective and
analytical responses to concepts related to the four
This Associate Degree prepares students to enter
into academic and professional fields related to
peace studies. Available career tracks include
working for non-profit agencies, international
organizations, governmental agencies, public
institutions and educational institutions. Students
may select a professional or academic focus
such as peace building, conflict management,
mediation, international law, international relations,
political science, history, environmental science,
anthropology, comparative literature, peace
psychology or philosophy. Most career options
directly related to Peace Studies require a four year
degree; however, some examples of career options
may include: Program Coordinator, Human Rights
Advocate, Community Liaison, Relief/Aid Worker,
Peace Activist, Mediator, Resource Developer,
Educator, Philanthropist, Environmentalist,
Anthropologist, Event Coordinator, and Board
Member for a Non-Profit Organization.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Define and discuss positive peace, negative peace and structural violence.
- Identify, apply and critically analyze, from an interdisciplinary perspective, theories related to Peace Studies per current events on a personal, communal, national and/or global level.
- Propose specific strategies to achieve positive peace appropriate to a current event on a person, communal, national and/or global scale.
- Identify, discuss and critically analyze non violent movements as a method of conflict resolution.