Peace and Conflict Studies (Co-Major)

The Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) Co-Major Program integrates a variety of practical courses and interdisciplinary research to allow students to combine their own majors with training, study, and experience in peace studies and the emerging field of conflict resolution, at the inter-personal, national and international levels. The curriculum deals with the most fundamental of human concerns: how to manage or resolve conflict constructively. Students are introduced to the causes of human conflict and violence, as well as approaches to conflict management ranging from diplomacy, law and negotiation, to mediation  and  arbitration.  Questions are raised concerning the issues of globalization, social justice, non-violence, ethnicity, race, and culture.

The PACS curriculum provides a framework useful for careers in legal, educational, governmental, business, labor, social service, scientific and health professions, as well as in graduate and professional education. Students are offered opportunity for hands-on experience, and are encouraged to build adaptive skills useful for the future. Courses in this curriculum may also count toward satisfaction of University General Education Requirements, as well as College Group and Major Requirements.

The program is designed around a set of core courses, which introduce the student to the field, including various approaches to peace studies and the application of conflict management methods, and finally which assess the student's overall progress in a senior research seminar project. Seventeen elective credits are required, of which at least six must be upper-divisional (courses numbered 3000 or above); no more than two courses may be degree applicable as both major credit in one program and elective credit in Peace and Conflict Studies. Courses may be chosen generally from the list of elective courses, or may be focused in one of seven specialty areas:

  • race, gender and religion
  • peace and conflict theory
  • human rights
  • international issues of peace and conflict studies
  • peace and conflict studies in the United States
  • peace studies in human development
  • dispute resolution

Some electives may also count toward satisfaction of major requirements or of College Group Requirements.

Students are encouraged to participate in the development of their curriculum; in addition to selecting from a wide variety of suggested PACS electives, co-majors are able to choose other elective courses with prior consent of the Director. Students are also encouraged to participate in the Peace and Justice Student Learning Community, which organizes speakers and other special educational programs and events on various subjects, and to explore credit for internships and study abroad.

Core Requirements

PCS 2000Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies3
PCS 6000Senior Seminar in Peace and Conflict Studies3
Select two of the following (additional courses can count as electives):4-8
(SS) Black Social and Political Thought
Cultures of the World
International Trade
American Foreign Relations Since 1933
Topics in Peace and Conflict Studies 1
Science, Technology, and War
The Study of Non-Violence
Special Readings/Research
Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy
Introduction to Political Ideologies
World Politics
Ethnicity: The Politics of Conflict and Cooperation
Psychology of Social Behavior
(SS) Social Inequality
Select one of the following: 13-4
Dispute Resolution
Community or International Internship
Advanced Special Topics
Select 17 credits of Electives (see choices below)17
Total Credits30-35
1

May be taken only once for core requirement, and repeated for electives.

Electives (Seventeen Credits)

The University offers a large number of conflict- and peace-related courses in its various Schools and Colleges that are suitable electives for this program. The student is encouraged to select courses that introduce them to a variety of cultural practices regarding the management of conflict. The following are appropriate for the co-major or minor; because new courses are created by faculty on a rolling basis, students are encouraged to consult with the director or the undergraduate advisor about any courses not on the following list which may be included in their major.

Race, Gender and Religion

AFS/SOC 2600Race and Racism in America3
AFS/HIS 3230/5235/AFS 5230The Civil Rights Movement3
AFS 3420/PS 3820Pan Africanism: Politics of the Black Diaspora4
AFS/SOC 5570Race Relations in Urban Society3
ANT 3530Native Americans3
ANT 5240Cross Cultural Study of Gender3
ANT 5260The African Religious Experience: A Triple Heritage3
COM 4040Diversity in Interpersonal Communication3
COM 4250Reporting Race, Gender, and Culture3
CRJ/GSW 3750Diversity in Criminal Justice4
ECO 5410/6415Economics of Race and Gender4
HIS 2605/GSW 2600(HS) History of Women, Gender and Sexuality in the Modern World3
HIS/AFS 3150African American History II: Reconstruction to 19683-4
HIS 5200/7200Women, Gender, and Sexuality in US History3
HIS 5480/7480Nazi Germany3-4
NE/HIS 3010Survey of Jewish Civilization and History4
NE/GSW 3520Women and Gender in Middle East History3
NE 6500Religion and Society3
PS/AFS 5030African American Politics4
PSY 3250Psychology of Women3
PSY/AFS 5700The Psychology of African Americans4
SOC 4460Women in Society3
SOC/AFS 5570Race Relations in Urban Society3

Peace and Conflict Theory

ANT 5140Biology and Culture3
COM 3400(WI) Theories of Communication3
COM 4300Intercultural Communication3
CRJ 3800Criminological Theories4
GER/SPA/FRE/ITA/RUS 2700(PL) Anguish and Commitment: European Existentialist Literature3-4
PHI 2320(PL) Introduction to Ethics3
PHI 3270Foundations of Law3
PS 2460Policy and Rationality: Dilemmas of Choice4
PS 3510(PL) Law, Authority and Rebellion4
PS 3530Great Political Thinkers I3
PS 6830Civil War and Conflict Processes3
PSY 3040Psychology of Perception: Fundamental Processes3
PSY/LIN 3080Cognitive Psychology: Fundamental Processes3
PSY 3200Motivation, Feeling and Emotion3
PSY 3310Abnormal Psychology4
SOC 5810Law in Human Society3
SOC 5870Violence in the Family3

Human Rights and Social Justice

AFS/SOC 2600Race and Racism in America3
AFS/SOC 5580Law and the African American Experience4
COM 2160(PL) Campaigns and Social Movements3
CRJ 3200Police and Society4
CRJ 4700Criminal Law4
ECO 5490/HIS 5290/7290American Labor History4
LAS/HIS 2430History of Latino/as in the United States3
PHI 3270Foundations of Law3
PS 2420Ethics and Politics of Public Policy4
PS 3520(PL) Justice4
PS 5120Constitutional Rights and Liberties4
PS 5850Human Rights4
SOC/AFS 2600Race and Racism in America3
SOC 5700Seminar in Social Inequality4
SW 3110Diversity, Oppression and Social Justice3
US/UP/AFS/ECO/PS/SOC 6455Discrimination and Fair Housing3

International Issues in Peace and Conflict Studies

AFS 3610(FC) Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Foreign Culture: The Africans4
ANT 3100Cultures of the World3-4
ANT 3540(FC) Cultures and Societies of Latin America3
ANT/NE 3550(FC) Arab Society in Transition3
ECO 5300International Trade4
ECO 5310International Finance4
GPH/PS 2700/ENG 2670/HIS 2700(FC) Introduction to Canadian Studies3
HIS 1400(HS) The World Since 19454
HIS 1610(HS) African Civilizations Since 18003-4
HIS/LAS 1910(HS) Latin America from Independence to the Present3
HIS 3320Twentieth Century Middle East3
HIS 5530/7530History of World War I and II: A Social and Political History of Two World Wars4
JPN 4550(FC) Japanese Culture and Society I4
JPN 4560(FC) Japanese Culture and Society II4
NE 2040/HIS 1810(HS) The Modern Middle East3
NE 5000/HIS 5960/7960Globalization, Social History and Gender in the Arabian Gulf3
PS/HIS/GPH 2700/ENG 2670(FC) Introduction to Canadian Studies3
PS 2710Introduction to Comparative Politics4
PS 3710Politics of Western Europe4
PS 3715Politics of Central and Eastern Europe4
PS 3735Politics of Latin America4
PS 3770Politics of East Asia4
PS 3795Latin America in World Affairs4
PS 3830War4
PS 3835Middle East Conflict4
PS 3991Directed Study: WSU-Salford Exchange3-9
PS 4725Globalization and Politics4
PS 4810Foreign Policies of Major Powers4
PS 5820International Law4
SLA/ARM/GER/POL/RUS/UKR 3410(FC) New Soil, Old Roots: The Immigrant Experience3
SLA 3710(VP) Russian and East European Film3

Peace and Conflict Studies in the United States

AFS/GSW 5110(WI) Black Women in America3
ECO 5480/6480Economics of Work3
GPH/UP 5650Metropoltn Detroit3
HIS 5200/7200Women, Gender, and Sexuality in US History3
HIS 5220/7220The Changing Shape of Ethnic America: World War I to the Present3-4
HIS 5290/ECO 5490American Labor History4
LAS/HIS 5239/7239Latin American Migration to the United States3
PS 3840American Foreign Policy and Administration4
PS/AFS 5030African American Politics4
SOC/AFS 5570Race Relations in Urban Society3
SOC 6750Sociology of Urban Health4
US 2000/SOC 2500/GPH 2000/HIS/PS 2000(SS) Introduction to Urban Studies4

Peace Studies In Human Development

ANT/LIN 3310Language and Culture3
ANT 5140Biology and Culture3
ANT/LIN 5320Language and Societies3
COM 5180Family Communication3
CRJ 3350/SOC 3840Corrections4
CRJ 5500Child Abuse and Neglect3
PS 5560Biopolitics4
PSY 2400Developmental Psychology4
PSY 3310Abnormal Psychology4
PSY 3350Psychology of Personality3
SOC 4100(SS) Social Psychology4
SOC 5400The Family3
SOC 5870Violence in the Family3
SW/ELE/PSY 6010Family Centered Collaboration in Early Childhood Intervention and Special Education3-4

Dispute Resolution

(assumes completion of PCS 5000)

COM 2200Interpersonal Communication3
COM 3250Introduction to Organizational Communication3
COM 6220Dispute Resolution and Communication Technology3
COM 6350Communication, Culture, and Conflict3
CRJ 3110Domestic Violence and Criminal Justice4
ELR 4500Applied Labor Studies3
PS 3030Political Interest Groups4
PS 3040The Legislative Process4
PS 5830International Conflict and Management4
PS 6070Labor and American Politics3
PSY 2100Psychology and the Workplace3
SW 1010Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare3