Peace studies is a unique and emerging major in which students learn effective methods of resolving conflict without the use of violence. The major takes an international perspective, although it also explores principles of nonviolence as they apply to particularly divisive issues in the U.S. Students learn the philosophies of peace-making at different levelsóinterpersonally, socially, politically, nationally and internationally. Courses you may encounter in a peace studies major include mediation & negotiation, the nature of war, world history, international development, contemporary sociology, geographies of conflict, political anthropology and public policy. Students are typically required to master a foreign language. Studying abroad is strongly encouraged, and sometimes even required, in a peace studies major.
If you have a strong desire to study ways to improve on the human condition, peace studies may be for you. Peace studies is also an interesting major for those who consider themselves anti-war, support nonviolent protest and dissent, or simply wish to promote a greater understand of other nations and cultures. The major can also prepare you for a variety of interesting careers, especially if you continue your studies at the graduate or professional level or if you double major. Students who major in peace studies can go on to become educators at different levels, politicians, attorneys, journalists, social workers, ministers, or social activists. Each career, in different ways, can play a key role in peace-making domestically and abroad.