Degree Type: Minor
Format: In-Person

Getting your minor in Peace Studies prepares you to engage violence and peace throughout the world in constructive and redemptive ways. It helps you understand the causes of conflicts and ways to resolve issues without violence. This is a great minor for students considering a career in the non-profit sector.


The Peace Studies minor is an interdisciplinary field of study embedded in the Christian tradition of social justice and nonviolence. The curriculum addresses the problems of social oppression, violence, and war in the context of the challenges associated with implementing nonviolent conflict resolution in the quest for a peaceful world.

19-21 credits: 12 credits in residence, 12 credits upper division. No more than 6 of the credits may be used to satisfy General Education Core, major or other minor requirements.


REL/SOC 240 Introduction to Peace Studies 3

HUM 211 War and Peace 3

SS 351 Cultural Anthropology 3

PSY 392/492 Internship 3

PHIL 300 Introduction to Ethics OR PS/SOC 345 Social Problems and Public Policy OR REL/SOC 310 Religions of the World OR TH/SOC 470 Christian Social Concern OR SW 481 Family Violence across the Lifespan OR SS/REL 335 Restorative Justice 2-3

Students choose either a Micro Level focus or a Macro Level analysis within the minor.

Micro Level focus:

SS/COMM 200 Interpersonal Communication 2

SS/BUS 380 Conflict: From Theory to Action 3

Macro Level analysis:

COMM 300 Communication Theory 3

PS/SOC/SS 355 International Relations 3

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