The Minor


Peace Studies Minor

Coordinator: Laura Rediehs, Associate Professor, Philosophy

Advisory Board: Professor Eve Stoddard (global studies); Associate Professor Donna Alvah (history); Assistant Professors Christopher Buck (government), Jayantha Jayman (global studies); Chaplain Kathleen Buckley.

Peace studies is an interdisciplinary field whose purpose is to investigate a variety of concepts of peace and to explore the potential for nonviolent methods of building social, political and economic justice.

The purpose of the peace studies minor is to study the basic concepts and methods of analysis that shape the field of peace studies. Researchers from a variety of disciplines, including, for example, philosophy, religious studies, political science and social theory, have developed theories of nonviolent transformation; activists have tested these theories in practice. Students who choose this minor study these theories and methods and also examine some of the deep and rich and sometimes forgotten history of nonviolent social change, which provides material for further analysis. Students engage in critical reflection, comparing the efficacy of violence and nonviolence in addressing conflicts at all levels, from the interpersonal level to the level of international disputes.

Minor Requirements

A minor in peace studies consists of at least five courses, including Peace Studies 100; three or more courses cross-listed from other academic departments and programs; and either Peace Studies 400 or Peace Studies 410. From time to time the program also offers special topics courses such as Survey of World Religions, or courses in conflict resolution and negotiation.

Students must complete the cross-listed courses after taking 100 and before taking 400 or 410. In rare cases, and with the approval of the program coordinator, a student may take one cross-listed course concurrently with 100 if the student is already clear that he or she intends to minor in peace studies and consults with the program coordinator and instructor of 100 early in the semester. It is strongly advised that students who want to minor in Peace Studies should declare their minor in their sophomore or junior years to allow for comprehensive planning of the minor and the senior capstone experience. Also in rare cases, and with the approval of the program coordinator, a student may take his or her cross-listed courses concurrently with 400 or 410. In general, however, students take the three cross-listed courses between the introductory course and the capstone course.

No more than one of these cross-listed courses should be a course that counts for the student’s major(s) (or other minor, if relevant). Students who intend to minor in peace studies should meet with the program coordinator to plan a set of cross-listed courses that complements their interests in a meaningful way. Some students may focus on a particular peace studies angle: international issues with a focus on a particular conflict, for example. Others may wish for a more broad-based background, choosing an array of courses that helps them gain a wider and interdisciplinary perspective on peace issues.

Students who minor in Peace Studies must keep portfolios of their work in all courses intended for their minor, and are expected to keep in regular touch with the program coordinator about their progress through the minor.

Courses

100. Introduction to Peace Studies. The purpose of peace studies is to explore the potential for nonviolent methods of building social, political and economic justice. This course intentionally searches for alternative ways of understanding conflict. We will ask questions such as, Can we define “peace” in more positive terms than the unrealistic “absence of conflict”? Can conflict be positive or even transformative? Are “peacemakers” different from the rest of us? Can we all learn to live harmoniously with others who are very different from us? What are ways to cultivate the inner peace that gives people the strength and insight to deal with conflict creatively and positively? This course satisfies the diversity requirement. Also offered as Philosophy 120.

3000-3999.  The content of each course or section of these 100-level or 200-level special topics courses varies and will be announced each semester.

4000-4999.  The content of each course or section of these 300-level or 400-level special topics courses varies and will be announced each semester.

400. Peace Studies Capstone Seminar. This course is intended to provide an opportunity for peace studies minors to integrate what they have learned in all of the courses that they have taken for their minor. Students re-examine what they learned in these courses, making connections to important peace studies concepts; design integrative projects that draw from and extend those studies; and share their work with each other throughout the course. Prerequisite: Peace Studies 100. Limited to peace studies minors.

410. Peace Studies Capstone Independent Study. If a student must take the capstone seminar in a semester during which it is not offered, he or she may take the course as an independent study under supervision of a faculty member.

Departmental Offerings

 

African Studies

Government 320. African Politics.

History 252. Conflict in Africa.

 

Anthropology

102. Cultural Anthropology.

420. Views of Human Nature.

 

Art and Art History

217. Buddhist Art and Ritual.

 

Asian Studies

106. Modern Asia (also offered as History 106).

292. Modern China (also offered as History 292).

 

Canadian Studies

201. Canadian-American Relations.

 

Caribbean and Latin American Studies

Global Studies 250. La Frontera: Cultural Identities on the Mexican-U.S. Borderland.

History 234. Modern Latin America.

 

Economics

100. Introduction to Economics.

234. Comparative Economies.

236. Globalization Issues.

 

Education

203. Contemporary Issues in American Education.

 

Environmental Studies

216. Climate Change Policy and Advocacy.

261. Sustainable Agriculture.

263. Global Change and Sustainability

275. Energy and the Environment.

310. Philosophy of the Environment (also offered as Philosophy 310).

318. Environmental Psychology (also offered as Psychology 318).

 

Gender and Sexuality Studies

201. Gender in Global Perspective.

 

Global Studies

101. Intro I: Political Economy.

102. Intro II: Race, Culture and Identity.

230. Secrets and Lies: Nationalism, Violence and Memory.

250. La Frontera: Cultural Identities on the Mexican-U.S. Borderland.

301. Theories of Global Political Economy.

302. Theories of Global Cultural Studies.

333. Ethics of Global Citizenship (also offered as Philosophy 333).

350. Global Palestine.

 

Government

108. Introduction to International Politics.

206. Introduction to Political Theory.

320. African Politics (also offered through African Studies).

331. Middle East Politics.

345. Political Theories of Violence and Nonviolence.

360. International Relations Theory.

363. International Organization and Global Governance.

364. Terrorism and Human Rights.

 

History

103. Development of the United States, 1607-1877.

104. Development of the United States, 1877-Present.

105. Early Asian Civilizations.

106. Modern Asia (also offered as Asian Studies 106).

160. The Islamic World.

229. Introduction to Native American History.

233. Colonial Latin America.

234. Modern Latin America.

243: Origins of American Foreign Policy (Colonial Era to 1900)

244. Twentieth-Century U.S. Foreign Policy.

252. Conflict in Africa (also offered through African Studies).

256. Slavery and Freedom in the Americas.

267. The Holocaust (also offered as Religious Studies 267).

273: The Civil Rights Movement

292. Modern China (also offered as Asian Studies 292).

299. Seminar on Historical Research Methods when relevant (e.g., Armenian Genocide; World War I)

308: European Imperialisms

319. The Nuclear World (also offered as Physics 319).

325. The United States and the Vietnam War.

333. The Age of the American Revolution.

371. 18th-Century Europe and the French Revolution.

373. Japan and the United States in World War II, 1931- 1952.

 

Modern Languages and Literatures

Spanish 440. Poetry, Music, and Ethics.

 

Music

210. Musics of the World.

245. Musics of Eastern Europe.

337. Avant-garde and Underground Music.

 

Performance and Communication Arts

315. Gender and Communication.

 

Philosophy

203. Ethical Theory.

206. Introduction to Political Theory.

310. Philosophy of the Environment (also offered as Environmental Studies 310.)

333. Ethics of Global Citizenship (also offered as Global Studies 333).

 

Physics

319. The Nuclear World (also offered as History 319).

 

Psychology

313. Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

318. Environmental Psychology (also offered as Environmental Studies 318).

325. Social Psychology

 

Religious Studies

267. The Holocaust (also offered as History 267).

335. Religion and Violence

 

Sociology

110. IntroSoc: Global Problems.

112. IntroSoc: Inequality.

161. IntroSoc: Social Problems and Policy.

235. Earning a Living: Work and Occupations in a Global Economy.

236. Education and Society.

238. Social Services, Agencies and Advocacy (with Community-Based Learning).

275. Medical Sociology.

288. Dilemmas of Development.

310. Capstone Seminar: Slavery, Race and Culture.

314. Capstone Seminar: Nomads in World History.

315. Capstone Seminar: Family and Relationship Violence (with Community- Based Learning).

377. Capstone Seminar:  Sociology of Consumption.

465. Environmental Sociology.