Sample Degree Pathway for Peace and Conflict Studies

For students who entered fall 2015 & beyond.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
PCST.1250 Intro to Peace and Conflict Studies 3
ENGL.1010/ HONR.1100 College Writing I/FYSH (CW) 3
MATH.xxxx Math Persp. (MATH) - MATH.2830 recommended 3
FAHS.1090 First Year Seminar 1
WLxx.xxxx Language 1 & Culture 3
Total 13

Spring Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
PHIL.2030 Introduction to Ethics 3
ENGL.1020 College Writing II (CW) 3
xxxx.xxxx Science w/Lab Persp. (SCL) 3/4
WLxx.xxxx Language 2 & Culture 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
Total 15/16

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
xxxx.xxxx Course from PCS Area A: Foundations 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Social Sciences Persp. (SS) 3
xxxx.xxxx Science w/Lab Persp. (SCL) 3/4
xxxx.xxxx Language 3 & Culture  or World Ready Elective1 3
Total 15/16

Spring Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
xxxx.xxxx Course from PCS Area B: Approaches 3
xxxx.xxxx Social Sciences Persp. (SS) 3
xxxx.xxxx Arts and Hum. Persp. (AH) 3
xxxx.xxxx Arts and Hum. Persp. (AH) 3
xxxx.xxxx Language 4 & Culture  or World Ready Elective1 3
Total 15

Junior Year

Fall Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
xxxx.xxxx Course from PCS Area C: Regions 3
xxxx.xxxx Peace and Conflict Elective (any area) 3
xxxx.xxxx STEM Persp. (STEM) 3
xxxx.xxxx Social Sciences Persp. (SS) 3
xxxx.xxxx World Ready Elective1 or Free Elective 3
Total 15

Spring Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
PCST.4530 Integrative Seminar in Peace/Conflict2 3
xxxx.xxxx Peace and Conflict 3000/4000 (any area) 3
xxxx.xxxx Peace and Conflict 3000/4000 (any area) 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Arts and Hum. Persp. (AH) 3
Total 15

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
xxxx.xxxx Peace and Conflict 3000/4000 (any area) 3
xxxx.xxxx Peace and Conflict 3000/4000 (any area) 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
Total 15

Spring Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
xxxx.xxxx Peace and Conflict Elective (any area) 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
Total 15
Total Minimum Credits = 120

1World Ready Language Track (WR track) requires successful completion of a two course sequence in a World Language (depending on placement) and three approved courses on the culture/history/literature/film related to that language, but taught in English. (Total of 15 credits.) For detailed information refer to Policies - Language Requirements in the undergraduate catalog.

2PCST.5530 if doing Bachelor’s to Master’s.

A major in Peace and Conflict Studies consists of 36 to 45 credits with at least 18 credits at the 3000 level or above (includes required and elective courses).

Students must take at least 1 course in each of the three areas (Area A: Foundations of Peace & Conflict, Area B: Approaches to Peace & Conflict, and Area C: Regions of Peace & Conflict). 

Notes:

  • A statistics course is highly recommended.
  • 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.

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.

No more than two Breadth of Knowledge courses can be taken with the same prefix. The Core Curriculum courses may be taken in any sequence. Refer to the Core Curriculum website for further details. You should meet with your faculty advisor to determine how you will meet the Core Curriculum requirements. 

Current UMass Lowell students should use their Advisement Report in SiS. If you need assistance, please contact your advisor.

Restriction on off-campus study:

Be advised that any course taken at another institution must be formally approved prior to enrollment. See the catalog policy for details.

Area A: Foundations of Peace and Conflict

  • PCST.4580 Peace and Conflict Field Experience (For field experience relating to religious, philosophical, psychological and cultural influences on peace).
  • PCST.4960 Practicum
  • SOCI.2160 Sociology of War & Peace
  • PSYC.3280 Dynamics of Interpersonal Relations
  • PSYC.2090 Seminar in Social Psychology (formally Social Psychology Seminar in Resolving Social Conflict)
  • PHIL.2960 Intro. To World Religions
  • CRIM.3260 Hate Crimes
  • CRIM.2480 Terrorism (International and Domestic)
  • CRIM.1150 Introduction to Homeland Security
  • HIST.3560 Civil War and Reconstruction (formally HIST.2350)
  • HIST.3210 The Holocaust
  • HIST.2960 United States Diplomatic History
  • HIST.2410 World War II
  • HIST.2400 World War I
  • HIST.2390 The World Since 1945
  • ENGL.2510 War in Literature

Area B: Approaches to Peace and Conflict 

  • PCST.4580 Peace and Conflict Field Experience (For field experience relating to religious, philosophical, psychological and cultural influences on peace).
  • PCST.4960 Practicum

Government and Law

  • POLI.3870 Politics of International Organizations
  • POLI.3370 Civil Liberties and Politics
  • POLI.3350 Constitutional Law and Politics
  • POLI.2300 Law and the Legal System
  • POLI.1210 Intro. to International Relations
  • POLI.1120 Intro. to Comparative Political Systems
  • LGST.3660 International Law

Economic and Social

  • GNDR.240 Introduction to Gender Studies
  • ECON.4150 Intro to Environmental Economics
  • SOCI.4690 Seminar on Global Society
  • SOCI.3820 Social Movements
  • SOCI.3170 Sociology of Genocide
  • SOCI.2560 Political Sociology
  • SOCI.2400 Sociology of Gender
  • SOCI.2340 The Study of Minorities
  • SOCI.1020 Social Anthropology
  • POLI.4020 Women in Islam
  • PHIL.3660 Globalization and its Critics
  • HIST.2110 Historical Dimensions of Globalization

Communication and Media

  • POLI.4220 Seminar in Political Communication and Media Studies

Area C: Regions of Peace and Conflict

  • PCST.4580 Peace and Conflict Field Experience (For international or region specific field experience.)
  • PCST.4960 Practicum
  • WLKH.3490 Literature, Politics and Genocide in Cambodia
  • WLSP.3510 Hispanic Perspectives
  • POLI.4060 The Politics of Identity in the Middle East
  • POLI.3750 Politics of the Pacific Rim
  • POLI.3700 Latin American Politics
  • POLI.3680 Middle Eastern Politics
  • POLI.3630 Politics of China
  • POLI.3600 European Politics: Tradition and Modernity
  • POLI.3510 Irish Politics
  • HIST.3930 History of the Middle East and Islamic World
  • HIST.3910 America and the World
  • HIST.3360 Problems of Modern Ireland
  • HIST.3200 American East Asian Relations
  • HIST.2810 Sub-Saharan Africa
  • HIST.2120 Modern Latin America
  • HIST.2040 China and the Modern World

Last updated: 10/25/2017