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Degree Pathway for the Bachelor of Arts in Peace & Conflict Studies - 2015-2021

Sample Degree Pathway for Peace and Conflict Studies

For students who entered fall 2015 to spring 2021.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

Course#Course NameCr.
Total13
PCST.1250Intro to Peace and Conflict Studies (CTPS)3
ENGL.1010 /
HONR.1100
College Writing I / FYSH (CW)3
FAHS.1090First Year Seminar1
MATH.xxxxMath Persp. (MATH) - MATH.2830 recommended (QL)3
WLxx.xxxxLanguage 1 & Culture3

Spring Semester

Course#Course NameCr.
Total15/16
PHIL.2030Introduction to Ethics (SRE)3
ENGL.1020College Writing II (CW)3
WLxx.xxxxLanguage 2 & Culture3
xxxx.xxxxScience w/Lab Persp. (SCL)3/4
xxxx.xxxxFree Elective3

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

Course#Course NameCr.
xxxx.xxxxPCS Area: Foundations of Peace and Conflict53
xxxx.xxxxFree Elective3
xxxx.xxxxSocial Sciences Persp. (SS)3
xxxx.xxxxScience w/Lab Persp. (SCL)3/4
xxxx.xxxxLanguage 3 & Culture  or World Ready Elective13
Total15/16

Spring Semester

Course#Course NameCr.
xxxx.xxxxPCS Area: Approaches to Peace and Conflict5 - (DCA) recommended33
xxxx.xxxxSocial Sciences Persp. (SS)3
xxxx.xxxxArts and Hum. Persp. (AH)3
xxxx.xxxxArts and Hum. Persp. (AH)3
xxxx.xxxxLanguage 4 & Culture  or World Ready Elective13
Total15

Junior Year

Fall Semester

Course#Course NameCr.
xxxx.xxxxPCS Area: Regions of Peace and Conflict53
xxxx.xxxxPCS Area: Elective (any area)53
xxxx.xxxxSTEM Persp. (STEM)3
xxxx.xxxxSocial Sciences Persp. (SS)3
xxxx.xxxxWorld Ready Elective1 or Free Elective3
Total15

Spring Semester

Course#Course NameCr.
PCST.4530Integrative Seminar in Peace/Conflict (AIL), (WOC)23
xxxx.3/4xxxPCS Area: Elective 3000/4000 level (any area)53
xxxx.3/4xxxPCS Area: Elective 3000/4000 level (any area)53
xxxx.xxxxFree Elective - (IL) recommended43
xxxx.xxxxArts and Hum. Persp. (AH)3
Total15

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Course#Course NameCr.
xxxx.3/4xxxPCS Area: Elective 3000/4000 level (any area)53
xxxx.3/4xxxPCS Area: Elective 3000/4000 level (any area)53
xxxx.xxxxFree Elective3
xxxx.xxxxFree Elective3
xxxx.xxxxFree Elective3
Total15

Spring Semester

Course#Course NameCr.
xxxx.xxxxPCS Area: Elective (any area)53
xxxx.xxxxFree Elective3
xxxx.xxxxFree Elective3
xxxx.xxxxFree Elective3
xxxx.xxxxFree Elective3
Total15
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.

3PCS majors meet the Diversity and Cultural Awareness (DCA) ELO through an approved PCS Area B or elective course:

4PCS majors meet the Information Literacy (IL) ELO with an approved course outside the major requirements.

5Students must see their advisement report in SIS for a list of approved PCS electives.

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 policy 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.

Last updated: 2/19/2021