Peace Studies Minor

The peace studies minor is concerned with issues of war and peace and social justice - their nature, causes and relation to social life. The program of study draws upon the strengths of various disciplines and emphasizes an understanding of recent history, contemporary social/political problems and ethical values. We live in a world in which our ability to live peacefully with other people and nations is crucial. In the peace studies minor students are prepared to exercise informed judgment about issues related to war and peace and social justice. Many careers increasingly require an understanding of the sources and alternatives to conflict, as well as the methods and skills necessary to manage and control it. This is especially true in such areas as international relations, education, law, health care, and human services.

A total of 18 credits hours are required for the minor, including a culminating thesis or research project (IDS 500). Three core courses, each from a different discipline, and two support electives from different disciplines, shall be selected with the approval of the coordinator.