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Peace Studies

College of Liberal Arts

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Certificate Program in Peace Studies (code COLACT02)

The Certificate Program in Peace Studies is designed for students who are concerned about issues of peace, conflict, and justice in contemporary society; and who wish to develop skills to promote peace and constructive conflict management within their individual lives, families, communities, and social systems. Students will have the opportunity to explore past and present conflicts that inhibit the achievement of peace, and will have the opportunity to enlarge their understanding of global and human diversity problems and their solutions. Student also will be challenged to discover the processes that create peace among people, and to recognize that while the expression of conflict is natural and normal for humans, it need not lead to destruction, violence, or war. Effective conflict management can generate productive, peaceful ends. Students will be empowered to believe they can make a difference. Overall, students will enhance their understanding of human beings, the causes of their conflicts with each other in a host of contexts, and past, present, and future methods of managing those conflicts.
This certificate can be earned in conjunction with any baccalaureate or graduate degree, can be earned through the General Education Pathway in Conflict & Peace Studies while simultaneously meeting all general education requirements, and should be especially useful for students preparing for careers in humanities, education, business, government, law, and social service.


Twenty-four (24) units in a program approved by the Director of Peace Studies, to include the following:

1. Core Theory Course (3 units): Take one of the following:
I/ST 317I, POSC 371

2. Core Skills Course (3 units): Take one of the following:
COMM 411, SW 491

3. Elective Courses (15 units): Take at least one course from each of the following groups, and then one additional course from any of the groups.

Group A: Perspectives on Peace, Conflict, Violence, and War (3 units minimum): ANTH 305I; COMM 490; CRIM 101; HIST 304, 377, 495; I/ST 318, 355; POSC 220, 371, 455; PHIL 351I; PSY 350I

Group B: Laws, Rights, Responsibilities in Peace and Conflict (3 units minimum): COMM 441I; PHIL 352, 376; POSC 412

Group C: Culture, Race, Gender Influences on Peace and Conflict (3 units minimum): ANTH 315, 311I; B/ST 325; COMM 330, 412; HIST 309I; LING 470; SOC 346; SPAN 493 or SPAN 593 or HIST 490F; W/ST 401, 430

Group D: Empowerment and Peace-Building (3 units minimum): COMM 410, 421; CAFF 309I or FIN 309I; EDP 434B; FEA 486I; HDEV 364; H SC 429; NRSG 481I; PSY 336; SOC 427; SW 423

4. Peace Project (3 units, optional): Students in the Certificate program only should complete three units of an independent study project during their senior year with any Peace Studies faculty. Students who are simultaneously completing the General Education pathway in Conflict & Peace Studies need to take an additional 300- or 400-level GE course from groups A, B, C. or D above to complete the 24 required units in this Certificate.
Exceptions or substitutions may be made only with the approval of the Director of the Peace Studies Program.