Sample Degree Pathway for Peace and Conflict Studies

For students who entered prior to fall 2015.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester
Course number Course Name Credits
PCST.1250 Intro to Peace and Conflict Studies 3
ENGL.1010 (Gen. Ed.) College Writing I
3
MATH.xxxx (Gen. Ed.) Math (MATH.2830 Recommended)
3
FAHS.1090 First Year Seminar
1
xxxx.xxxx Beginning Language I
3
Total 13
Spring Semester
Course number Course name Credits
PHIL.2030 Introduction to Ethics 3
ENGL.1020 (Gen. Ed.) College Writing II 3
xxxx.xxxx (Gen. Ed.) Science w/lab 4
xxxx.xxxx Beginning Language II 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective
3
Total 16

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
Course number Course Name Credits
xxxx.xxxx Course from PCS Area A: Foundations 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx (Gen. Ed.) SS (Social Science) 3
xxxx.xxxx (Gen. Ed.) Science w/lab
4
xxxx.xxxx Intermediate Language I
3
Total 16
Spring Semester
Course number Course name Credits
xxxx.xxxx Course from PCS Area B: Approaches
3
xxxx.xxxx (Gen. Ed.) SS (Social Science)
3
xxxx.xxxx (Gen. Ed.) AH (Arts/Humanities) 3
xxxx.xxxx (Gen. Ed.) AH (Arts/Humanities)
3
xxxx.xxxx Intermediate Language II
3
Total 15

Junior Year

Fall Semester
Course number Course name Credits
xxxx.xxxx Course from PCS Area C: Regions 3
xxxx.xxxx Peace and Conflict Elective (any area) 3
xxxx.xxxx
(Gen. Ed.) Science (non-lab)
3
xxxx.xxxx (Gen. Ed.) SS (Social Science) 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
Total 15
Spring Semester
Course number Course name Credits
PCST.4530
Integrative Seminar in Peace/Conflict (PCST.5530 if doing Bachelor’s to Master’s)
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 (Gen. Ed.) AH (Arts/Humanities) 3
Total 15

Senior Year

Fall Semester
Course number Course name Credits
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 number Course name Credits
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

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).

Required Courses

  • PCST.1250 Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies
  • PHIL.2030 Introduction to Ethics
  • PCST.4530 Integrative Seminar

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

A statistics course is highly recommended. Students must take four semesters of a foreign language or demonstrate proficiency.

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.

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.

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: 10/26/2017