ChooseWhy Choose This Program?
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.
LearnWhat Will You Learn?
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
DoWhat Will You Do?
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, and the environmental sector.
Major & Minor Program Contacts
Peace Studies major and minor: Seble Dawit
Jennifer Bess, Ph.D., Assistant Professor: Early Modern English literature; research and writing methods; American history; contemporary health and education disparities; Native American studies; Caribbean literature
Seble Dawit, L.L.M., Associate Professor, Director, Peace Studies Program: human rights and humanitarian law; gender and rights; non-profit organizations; futuring
Ailish Hopper, M.F.A., Associate Professor: Poetry writing and poetics; new narrative practices; critical race theory; cultural rewriting; liberation and critical pedagogy; futures and nonviolences
Richard Pringle, Professor Emeritus: 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
Emily Billo, James Dator, Ann Duncan, Irline François, Martin Shuster
Peace studies requires a semester abroad or in the United States in a community significantly from the student's own. This requirement may be completed over the summer (no less than 12 weeks), by courses or internship. Goucher offers two programs focused on Peace Studies for students seeking a complete semester abroad experience:
Other options for international study are almost endless. Visit the Office of Global Education 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 and the 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. The Community-Based Learning Office 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.
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 firsthand 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
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.
Peace House is currently not offered by the Office of Residential Life, though interested students may revive this community. For more information, please contact the Office of Residential Life.
Major & Career Exploration
Graduate & Professional School
Johns Hopkins Carey Business School 4+1 BA/MS Program
News from the Center for Geographies of Justice
- November 23, 2021
Associate Professor of Peace Studies, Jennifer Bess, publishes new book, Where the Red-Winged Blackbirds Sing: The Akimel O'odham and Cycles of Agricultural Transformation in the Phoenix Basin (University of Press of Colorado, 2021).
- September 4, 2020
Many faculty on campus are teaching courses that resonate with the present moment or its historical roots and they have opened their classes to anyone who is interested in attending.