Peace & Conflict Studies

Peace and Conflict Studies BA

Undergraduate Program Curriculum Outline


Major Required (Core) Courses (Number of total courses required = 6)

Course Number
Course Title
Credit Hours
PCS.125 Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies 3
43.239 The World Since 1945 3
48.352 Sociology of Non-Violence 3
46.384 International Politics of Human Rights 3
PCS.350 Integrative Seminar 3
PCS.470 Advanced Seminar in Peace and Conflict Studies:
Community and Organizational Conflict
3


Sub Total Core Credits

18
Elective Courses 
(Number of total courses required = 6-9 )

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours

See List of elective courses


Sub Total Elective Credits 18-27 18-27
Distribution of  General Education Requirements
See List of General Education Offerings (Course Numbers, Titles, and Credits)
Number of Credits
Arts and Humanities, including Literature and Foreign Languages 15
Mathematics and the Natural and Physical Sciences 14
Social Sciences 9


Sub Total General Education Credits

38


Curriculum Summary

Total number of courses required for the degree  12-15
Total credit hours required for degree
36-45

General Education

 
A major in Peace and Conflict Studies consists of 36 to 45 credits with at least 18 credits at the 300 level or above (includes required and elective courses). 

Required are

  • PCS.125 Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies
  • 43.239 The World Since 1945 (History)
  • 48.352 Sociology of Non-Violence (Sociology)
  • 46.384 International Politics of Human Rights (Political Science)
  • Three semesters of the PCS.350 Peace and Conflict Integrative Seminar and  PCS.470 Advanced Seminar
  • PCS.496 Practicum can be selected as an elective.
  • A statistics course is highly recommended. 
NOTE:  At least 75 credits must be earned outside of the major including general education requirements, language requirement, and free electives. 

Elective courses that are used to fulfill Peace and Conflict Studies major requirements cannot also be applied to satisfy a student’s general education requirements.

Transfer Students

Students transferring to the college and wishing to major in Peace and Conflict Studies must make individual arrangements with the program director regarding satisfaction of major course requirements.

Suggested Course of Study

Freshman Year/Fall Semester

  • 42.101 (Gen. Ed.) College Writing I - 3 Credits
  • 92.___ (Gen. Ed.) Mathematics - 3 Credits
    (92.283 Recommended)
  • PCS.125  Intro to Peace and Conflict Studies - 3 Credits
  • 59.109 First Year Seminar - 1 Credit
  •  Beginning Language I - 3 Credits
  • Total Credits: 13 

Freshman Year/Spring Semester Cr.

  • 42.102 (Gen. Ed.) College Writing II - 3 Credits
  • __. ___ (Gen. Ed.) Science w/lab - 4 Credits
  • 43.239 The World Since 1945  - 3 Credits 
  • __. ___ Beginning Language II  - 3 Credits
  • Total Credits: 13

Sophomore Year/Fall Semester

  • 48.352 Sociology of Non-Violence  - 3 Credits
  • Free Elective - 3 Credits
  • __. ___ (Gen. Ed.) SS (Social Science)  - 3 Credits 
  • __. ___ (Gen. Ed.) Science w/lab  - 4 Credits
  • __. ___ Intermediate Language I  - 3 Credits
  • Total Credits: 16

Sophomore Year/Spring Semester

  • 46.384 Inter. Politics of Human Rights  - 3 Credits
  • __. ___ (Gen. Ed.) SS (Social Science)  - 3 Credits
  • __. ___ (Gen. Ed.) AH (Arts/Humanities)   - 3 Credits
  • __. ___  (Gen. Ed.) AH (Arts/Humanities)  - 3 Credits
  • __. ___ Intermediate Language II  - 3 Credits
  • Total Credits: 15

Junior Year/Fall Semester  

  • PCS.350     PCS Integrative Seminar- 1 credit
  • __. ___ Peace and Conflict  Elective  - 3 Credits
  • __. ___ (Gen. Ed.) Science (non-lab)  - 3 Credits
  • __. ___ (Gen. Ed.) SS (Social Science)  - 3 Credits
  • __. ___ Peace and Conflict  Elective  - 3 Credits
  • __.____     Free Elective  - 3 Credits
  • Total Credits: 16

Junior Year/Spring Semester  

  • PCS.350     PCS Integrative Seminar* - 1 credit
  • __. ___ Peace and Conflict  300/400  - 3 Credits
  • __. ___ Peace and Conflict  300/400  - 3 Credits
  • __.____     Free Elective  - 3 Credits
  • __.____     Free Elective  - 3 Credits
  • __. ___ (Gen. Ed.) AH (Arts/Humanities)  - 3 Credits
  • Total Credits: 16

Senior Year/Fall Semester

  • PCS.350     PCS Integrative Seminar* - 1 credit
  • __. ___ Peace and Conflict  300/400**  - 3 Credits
  • __. ___ Peace and Conflict  300/400  - 3 Credits
  • __.____     Free Elective  - 3 Credits
  • __.____     Free Elective  - 3 Credits
  • __.____     Free Elective  - 3 Credits
  • Total Credits: 16

*The Integrative Seminar is a bi-weekly 2-hour seminar that a student takes for three semesters prior to the final semester to synthesize learning and develop interdisciplinary understanding of their work in Peace and Conflict Studies. Students are awarded 1 credit per semester of the Integrative Seminar.

**PCS.496 Practicum can be selected as an elective

Senior Year/Spring Semester

  • PCS.470  PCS Advanced Seminar  - 3 Credits  
  • __.____     Free Elective  - 3 Credits
  • __.____     Free Elective  - 3 Credits
  • __.____     Free Elective  - 3 Credits
  • __.____     Free Elective  - 3 Credits
  • Total Credits: 15

Minimum Total Credits = 120

B.A. Elective Courses

Six Elective Courses within Peace and Conflict Studies are required. A maximum of 9 electives can be taken for 45 credits in the major. Students must ensure that they take a total of 18 credits at the 300/400 level through core and elective courses.

Additional courses besides those listed below may count towards the Peace and Conflict Studies degree upon approval of the director of the program.

For those accepted into the Plus-One M.A. program 2 electives can be at the graduate level and counted for both B.A. and M.A. degrees.

Elective courses that are used to fulfill Peace and Conflict Studies major requirements cannot also be applied to satisfy a student’s general education requirements.

Legal Studies
41.366 International Law

English
42.205 Human Values in Western Culture
42.251 War in Literature
42.278 Literature of the Vietnam War

History
43.106 The Modern World
43.204 China and the Modern World
43.211 Historical Dimensions of Globalization
43.212 Modern Latin America
43.240 World War I
43.241 World War II
43.281 Sub-Saharan Africa
43.296 United States Diplomatic History
43.320 American East Asian Relations
43.321 The Holocaust
43.336 Problems of Modern Ireland
43.356 Civil War and Reconstruction
43.391 America and the World
43.393 History of the Middle East and Islamic World

Criminology & Justice Studies

44.115 Introduction to Homeland Security 

44.212 Weapons of Mass Destruction
44.248 Terrorism (International and Domestic)
44.326 Hate Crimes

Peace and Conflict Studies
PCS.496 Practicum

Philosophy
45.296 Intro. To World Religions
45.307 Theories of Justice
45.366 Globalization and its Critics

Political Science
46.112 Intro to Comparative Political Systems
46.121 Intro to International Relations
46.230 Law and the Legal System
46.233 Islam and Politics
46.335 Constitutional Law and Politics
46.337 Civil Liberties and Politics 46.345 The Politics of Discord between the Arab East and the West 
46.351 Irish Politics
46.360 European Politics: Tradition and Modernity
46.363 Politics of China
46.368 Middle Eastern Politics
46.370 Latin American Politics
46.375 Politics of the Pacific Rim
46.376 Democratic Movements in South East Asia
46.387 Politics of International Organizations
46.402 Women in Islam
46.406 The Politics of Identity in the Middle East 
46.422 Seminar in Political Communication and Media Studies

Psychology
47.209 Social Psychology
47.328 Dynamics of Interpersonal Relations
47.473 Seminar in Social Psychology: Resolving Social Conflict

Sociology
48.102 Social Anthropology
48.216 Sociology of War and Peace
48.234 The Study of Minorities
48.240 Sociology of Gender
48.256 Political Sociology
48.317 Sociology of Genocide
48.382 Social Movements
48.450 Seminar on Peace, War, and Violence
48.469 Seminar on Global Society

Economics
49.315 Intro to Environmental Economics

Spanish 
54.351 Hispanic Perspectives

Cultural Studies
59.349 Literature, Politics and Genocide in Cambodia
59.356 Village Empowerment: Overcoming Global Poverty
59.470 Directed Study in Peace and Conflict
59.471 Project in Peace and Conflict

Gender Studies
GNDR.240 Introduction to Gender Studies


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