Internships are a very important facet of the curriculum at Goucher College. As such, the peace studies faculty members consider well-structured internships to be essential to a student's education. The variety of internships that have been completed under the supervision of this program is evidence of the flexible and creative applicability of degrees in peace studies. Students find internship opportunities through the Career Development Office, through faculty and staff members, or on their own.
A detailed description of the off-campus experience is published by the Career Development Office each year and fully describes the guidelines and timetable for internships. Students interested in arranging an internship in peace studies should contact their individual academic advisors.
Awards and Fellowships
Peace Studies students have successfully secured academic excellence and leadership prizes, research grants to conduct field work, national and international internships and community service. These awards include the prestigious Julia Rogers Library Research Award, Social Justice Research Award and scholarly articles published in Verge journal.
The Joe Morton Award for Outstanding Achievement in Peace Studies
This award is given to students who actualize their values as demonstrated by academic excellence, by commitment to and partnership within the College and the Baltimore community, and by integrity in their personal conduct.
Fund for Independent Research/Fund for Social Justice Research
Established with contributions from the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, the Student Government Association, and the Peace Studies program, these special funds allow the college to award grants each semester for independent student research, including senior projects, with additional funds available for social justice research. Grants will generally be awarded up to $1,000 (up to $1,500 for research projects that require international travel), and funds must be used for expenses related directly to the project.
The Julia Rogers Research Prizes
The Goucher College Library and The Friends of the Goucher College Library sponsor an annual research prize competition for outstanding research by Goucher students using library resources. The $250 prizes were first offered in 2004, in honor of Julia Rogers’ 150th birthday. If you have produced work of which you are especially proud, please consider entering. There are various categories for First year/Sophomore, Junior/Senior and Graduate.
Faculty nominated and faculty-student advised, the Verge Journal collects the best of both academic, research based writing and more creative nonfiction work. The Journal’s interdisciplinary approach is intended to emphasize the links between different disciplines, as well as the links between the curiosities, inquiries, and achievements of individuals who might not otherwise know about each other’s work.
Sample of Peace Studies student publications in Verge
Community-based learning, or service learning, is a way for students to actively connect their academic work with direct experience in the community. By combining hands-on work in the community with the academic framework provided by course work across the curriculum, students gain a rich experience of social issues. Students learn about the workings of community, encounter differences related to race, class and privilege, gain a deeper understanding about social justice, and are able to do work that is beneficial to others. They also gain a greater understanding of themselves. Community-based learning emphasizes academic rigor, reflection, and developing ongoing community partnerships. Community-based learning can be part of any discipline and any academic division: humanities, social sciences, sciences and the arts.
At Goucher, community-based learning is part of a growing number of academic courses, many of which are listed here. Many but not all of our programs are connected to central Baltimore, the historic home of Goucher College, and new partnerships are being created locally in Baltimore County.
For further information about community-based learning, click here.
Community-Based Learning Courses
CBL 115: GATEWAY TO SERVICE (2)
This course will introduce students to the philosophy, theory, and best practices of academically based community service work. Working with faculty and concepts from a wide range of academic disciplines, students will gain knowledge about community action and community service, while developing first-hand practical skills and applications for effective work in Baltimore City. Topics and skills to be learned include community building, effective mentoring, developing community partnerships, perspectives on learning development, and others. One hour lecture and two hours community service required per week. Instructor: Michael Curry
CBL 299: INDEPENDENT WORK (1.5)
Building on community-based learning experiences in other courses, the independent study is designed to give students the chance to further explore working in the community. The student will be supervised by a faculty member and will complete a Community Learning Agreement before starting work. May not be repeated for credit. Graded pass/no pass. Instructor: Michael Curry
PCE 148: NONVIOLENCE IN AMERICA (4) (GEN. ED #10)
Survey of the history of nonviolent actions and principles in what is now the United States, including groups such as Native Americans; Quakers; abolitionists; pacifists; and those in the women's suffrage, labor and civil rights movements. Study of the philosophical principles of nonviolence in relation to historical events and policies; assessment of justification of the principles and success or failure of the policies. Service component in Baltimore City after-school programs. Instructor: Frances Donelan
For a full list of community-based learning courses, click here.
The Peace House allows student activists and peace thinkers an opportunity to live in and to cultivate an environment of self-awareness and mutual support for the promotion of social justice. Each semester, members of the Peace House dedicate the term to an issue or project to promote and engage in social justice and activism.
Peace House members function as an affinity group, making most decisions through consensus. They agree to meet at least once a week, for a minimum of 90 minutes, in addition to informal weekly participation. Peace House members commit to living in an intentional community that demands a dedication to group work and conflict resolution.
For more information, please contact the Office of Residential Life.