The Certificate Program in Peace Studies is designed for students who are concerned about issues of peace and social justice in contemporary society. It is founded on the principle that peace requires not only the absence of violence but also the presence of justice. In alignment with this principle, the program operates around two main premises. First, war and other forms of violence are not inevitable, despite their widespread occurrence over time and space. Second, peace without social justice is not possible. 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.
Throughout the program, they will develop an understanding of the underlying causes of violence and conflict that occur at multiple social, cultural, and economic levels while developing skills to become innovators working toward promoting peace and human dignity, advancing social justice, and nurturing a sustainable environment.
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, health and social services, business, government, environmental studies, and law.
Twenty-four (24) units in a program approved by the Director of Peace Studies, to include the following:
Exceptions or substitutions may be made only with the approval of the Director of the Peace Studies Program.