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2012-2013 CSULB University Catalog

Peace Studies

Undergraduate Programs

Certificate in Peace and Social Justice Studies

This certificate 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.

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.


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 one additional course from any group.

  • Group A: Perspectives on Peace, Conflict, Violence, and War (3 units minimum):
    • ANTH 305I; COMM 490; CRJU 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; AFRS 325; COMM 330, 412; HIST 309I; LING 470; SOC 346; HIST 490F; WGSS 401, 430
  • Group D: Empowerment and Peace-Building (3 units minimum):
    • COMM 410, 421; CAFF 309I or FIN 309I; EDP 434B; FEA 486I; 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.

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Peace Studies

Undergraduate Programs