Based on an understanding that differences enrich our lives and that conflicts provide opportunities for growth, peace studies proposes ways of being in the world that incorporate the skills of listening and dialogue, mediation and negotiation, ideas of rights balanced with responsibilities, questions of justice, and philosophies of nonviolence. As the 21st century finds us living in a world where violence has become banal, where subliminal, virtual, or actual violence bombards us all in every walk of life, where armed political and economic conflicts divide the world again into fiefdoms of ethnicity or privilege, so, too, exist alternatives by which we can live. 0 thought is the study of alternatives to violent conflict.
Peace studies is the interdisciplinary program where students explore those alternatives through the study of conflict, violence, and nonviolence in the lives of individuals, communities and the shared world. Students consider peace and conflict theories as they apply to historical and contemporary conflicts around the world. Additionally, they practice reflection and critical thinking and render service to communities as engaged citizens in the practice of peace.
A degree in peace studies can prepare students for satisfying careers in government, law, politics, international affairs, humanitarian work, and more.