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Why Study Peace Studies at Goucher?

Based on an understanding that differences enrich our lives and that conflicts provide opportunities for growth, peace studies is an interdisciplinary program that 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.

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What Will You Learn?

Peace thought is the study of alternatives to violent conflict. In this interdisciplinary program, 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.  Learn More

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What Will You Do?

The degree in Peace Studies prepares students for a variety of professions. Since the field of peace studies is interdisciplinary graduates can find careers in areas such as community activism, educators, advocacy, community and non government organizations, business and private sector, mediators, dispute resolution, researchers, government and federal jobs, international organizations, diplomacy, human Rights, labor unions, foreign policy, health, public policy, non-violence, journalism and media, economic development, law, environmental sector.


Major & Minor Program Contacts
Peace Studies major and minor: Seble Dawit

Full-Time Faculty
Jennifer Bess, PhD, Associate Professor: early English literature; research and writing methods; American history; contemporary health and education disparities; Native American studies; Caribbean literature

Seble Dawit, Assistant Professor, Director, Peace Studies Department: human rights and humanitarian law; gender and rights; non-profit organizations; futuring

Ailish Hopper, Associate Professor: Poetry writing and poetics; new narrative practices; critical race theory; cultural rewriting; liberation and critical pedagogy; futures and nonviolences

Richard Pringle, Professor: relational psychology; qualitative research methods; community arts; literature; writing; listening to and telling stories in community; agitating for care and social justice; growth fostering pedagogies and communities; feminist and anti-racist psychology and education; the psychology of narrative and meaning

Affiliate Faculty - Center for Geographies of Justice
Irline François, Mel Michelle Lewis, James Dator, Martin Shuster, Ann Duncan

Study Abroad

By choosing three-week intensive courses led by Goucher faculty or semester programs suited to their academic plans, peace studies students gain a global perspective that enhances their course of study.Goucher offers three programs focused on peace studies for students seeking a complete semester abroad experience:

But the options for international study are almost endless. Visit the Office of International Studies or talk to your advisor to explore how other programs might complement your degree.Students who visited Thailand, Uganda and Rwanda, the Dominican Republic, and France discuss here how their study abroad experiences furthered their degrees in peace studies and opened their eyes to new perspectives.

Opportunities & Internships

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.

Verge Journal

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:

Department on the Status of Women

Chant Down Babylon: the Rastafarian Movement and Its Theodicy for the Suffering

Community-Based Learning

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.

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Community-Based Learning Courses

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

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

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

Peace House

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.


Internships help students explore possibilities, apply classroom learning, and gain experience. Explore internships and credit options.

Student Employment

Student employment connects students to both on and off-campus opportunities. The Career Education Office provides resources and support to students with or without Federal Work Study to find jobs, submit applications, and learn more about the job search process. Students have access to Goucher Recruit — an online site for job postings and job fair events.

Major & Career Exploration

Exploring career options, choosing a major, and making career decisions is a multi-step process in which all students are encouraged to engage early and often. Goucher students have a variety of resources available through the Majors and Career page to assist them in this process.

Job Search

A Goucher education prepares students for today’s job market and beyond. Students can explore job opportunities and access job search resources through the CEO Job Search page.

Graduate & Professional School

Students access resources for searching and applying to graduate and professional school through the CEO Graduate and Professional School page, through faculty and staff members, or utilizing their own resources, network and tools.

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