Major in International Studies with Peace and Conflict Studies Functional Track

This track examines the forces producing war and violence at the local and the global levels, including disputes between nations, weapons proliferation, international terrorism, economic inequality as well as criminal and domestic violence, civil war, hate crimes and ethnic conflict. analyze domestic and international institutions and social, political, and economic arrangements that promote or undermine peace. Students also consider the role of social movements and revolutionary ideas and learn how ordinary people have changed the course of the world.

The approach of Peace and Conflict Studies is multidisciplinary, drawing on the humanities as well as the social and natural sciences. Students are taught to think critically, to examine and incorporate conflicting perspectives, and to debate broader principles underlying attitudes towards peace and conflict. In short, students learn the tools necessary to become engaged global citizens that can contribute, directly or indirectly, to peace and justice in the world.


16 unitsĀ - and the Major in International Studies requirements

Requirements Checklist: International Studies with Peace and Conflict Studies Functional Track


  • POLS 353 Politics of War and Peace

Electives (3 courses)

  • ECON 318 Game Theory
  • HIST 341 Feast and Famine: A History of Food
  • LAS/MS 350 Human Rights and Film
  • POLS 315 Race and Ethnicity in Global Politics
  • POLS 341 Nonviolence in Theory and Practice
  • POLS 345 Global Economic Justice
  • POLS 348 Politics and Development in Africa
  • POLS 351 Global Conflict Resolution
  • POLS 352 Human Rights and Global Change
  • POLS 354 International Relations of the Middle East
  • POLS 381 Feminist International Relations
  • POLS 432 The Politics of Ethnicity and Nationalism
  • SOC 227 Violence in Society
  • SOC 322 Globalization and Resistance
  • SOC 325 Critical Approaches to Race and Ethnicity
  • SOC 350 Social Movements
  • THRS 305 Feminist Theology in the Third World
  • THRS 384 Religion and Nonviolence
  • THRS 318 Religious Nonviolence and the Politics of Interpretation: The Case of Israel and Palestine