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.


52 units

16 units of the basic Major in International Studies requirements, and 16 units of the following:


  • POLS 353 Politics of War and Peace
  • BAIS 320 / POLS 352 Human Rights and Global Change

Electives (2 courses)

  • BAIS 325 Diplomacy
  • BAIS 375 Colonialism and Empire
  • HIST 341 Feast and Famine: A History of Food
  • LAS 350 / MS 350 Human Rights and Film
  • POLS 315 Race & Ethnicity in Global Politics
  • POLS 332 Postcolonial Perspectives On Contemporary 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 354 International Relations of the Middle East
  • POLS 381 Feminist International Relations
  • POLS 382 Politics of International Aid and Development
  • POLS 432 Politics of Ethnicity and Nationalism
  • SOC 227 Violence in Society
  • SOC 322 Resistance to Corporate Globalization
  • SOC 325 Critical Approaches to Race and Ethnicity
  • SOC 350 Social Movements
  • THRS 305 Feminist Theology in the Third World
  • THRS 318 Religious Nonviolence and the Politics of Interpretation: The Case of Israel and Palestine
  • THRS 384 Religion and Nonviolence