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Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution

PCA Description

This professional concentration explores how both conflict and cooperation shape our highly globalized world.  Courses examine conflicts between nation states and para-states while recognizing that violence and other forms of conflict have a variety of causes and manifestations and must be examined on many scales.  The curriculum ranges from biography to official international policy.  The classes affiliated with this concentration magnify the root causes of violence, both personal and institutional, articulating the complex relationships between war, inequality, and human rights. This concentration introduces students to numerous examples of peoples and organizations (civil society) who have creatively resolved conflicts and by doing so challenge the notion of the inevitability of violence. The aim of this professional concentration is: (1) to develop a fundamental knowledge and literacy regarding recent and ongoing international conflicts (2) to critically examine how these conflicts are experienced and presented by various stakeholders, and (3) to consider creative and successful attempts to resolve conflicts and build sustainable peace.  The concentration prepares students for work in international diplomacy, human rights, and non-governmental organizations working in areas of conflict resolution.



Required :

INTL 360    International Cooperation & Conflict

AND one of the following:

INTL 370    International Human Rights OR

INTL 431    Cross Cultural Communication


Electives : Any of the above, or

CRES 410        Community Justice and Reconciliation

ENVS 435        Environmental Justice

GEOG 441       Political Geography

GEOG 445       Culture, Ethnicity, and Nationalism

HIST 307         The Study of History

INTL 407         Indigenous Human Rights

INTL 420         International Community Development *Requires INTL 240 as a pre-requisite.

INTL 421         Gender and International Development *Requires INTL 240 as a pre-requisite.

INTL 422          Aid to Developing Countries *Requires INTL 240 as a pre-requisite.

INTL 423         Development and the Muslim World

INTL 431         Cross Cultural Communication

INTL 434         Language Issues in International Studies

PPPM 327        Global Leadership and Change

PS 420              International Organization

SOC 464          Systems of War and Peace