Peace and Conflict Studies

Undergraduate Program

The University of Massachusetts Lowell offers a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Peace and Conflict Studies. Students may also minor or double-major, if appropriate. This program provides students with knowledge of the key issues, research, and theories in the important and emerging field of Peace and Conflict Studies.

The major in Peace and Conflict Studies is focused on addressing the central questions:

  • What are the causes and conditions which generate and sustain violent conflict?
  • What are the principles and methods for the resolution of violent conflict?
  • What are the norms, practices and institutions for building peace?

There are many approaches to understanding these core questions. Therefore, the undergraduate curriculum is inter-disciplinary, combining courses from Cultural Studies, Criminal Justice, History, Political Science, and Sociology, among other disciplines. Students take a seminar that helps them integrate the learning from their electives to address the central questions of the field. 

Undergraduate students may study abroad at partner universities to gain a global perspective. Students can also engage in field work or internships for academic credit. 


Major Curriculum Checklist and Electives (pdf)
Minor Curriculum and Electives (pdf)


For information on applying to UMass Lowell, please visit the Prospective Undergraduate Students page.

Declaration of Major

Current UMass Lowell students: To declare a major in Peace and Conflict Studies, please e-mail David Turcotte, call 978-934-4682, or stop by our office at Dugan Hall 205-S.