Peace Studies Courses

       Peace Studies is a pre-defined program  under the Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) major.  For information on other options within the major in Interdisciplinary Studies, see page 117-118 in the catalog, and consult the Interdisciplinary Studies Director in O'Kelly 129, and/or the College of Arts and Sciences office in Montgomery Hall.

       The Peace Studies courses are taught by faculty from the departments and colleges of law, philosophy and religion, history, education, economics, English, geography, psychology, sociology, languages, and the natural and physical sciences.  Their goal is to encourage critical scholarly thinking and action by students and faculty in the growing areas of interest in issues of peace, war social justice, human rights and conflict management.  These courses provide an  excellent preparation for graduate study in a range of legal, governmental, social service, educational, theological and international fields.

      The major requires 36 credits, including the requirements listed below.  (The PS 394, Independent Study, is not required, but is listed here as an option which fulfills the requirements.) 

Course Requirements

PS101. Introduction to Peace Studies. 3 credits.  An introduction to the major content of the Peace Studies Program; problems of peace and war in the post-cold war age, alternative means of conflict resolution, a history of nonviolence as a moral and political philosophy, and a variety of social justice issues.  F

Phil 215. Contemporary Moral Issues. 3 credits.  An introduction to the problems connected with moral choice.  This course examines the moral judgements that follow from the values held by a wide variety of people today on topics ranging from abortion to race, sexual behavior, the environment, etc.  F,S

IDS 280. Learning across disciplines. 3 credits.  S

Hist 335. Nuclear Weapons and the Modern Age.  An introduction to the history of nuclear weapons and their delivery systems, their development and use during World War U, the nuclear arms race between the U.S. and the former U.S.S.R., popular disarmament movements, and diplomatic efforts to control nuclear weapons and their proliferation.  A final section will deal with the nuclear implications of the end of the Cold War and the development of new nuclear states in the last years of the 20th century.  The course will include-from an historian's perspective-some technical material necessary to a reasonable and realistic understanding of the subject.  S(every other year)

PS360. Conflict Management. 3 credits.  A survey of the nature, causes, and dynamics of conflict and of the ways that conflicts can be managed.  Summer (often offered at the American College of Norway in Moss), or on demand through Psychology Department as Psyc499.  The 40 hour training in conflict resolution through the Conflict Resolution Center may be substituted for this course.

PS394. Independent Study. 1-4 credits (may be taken twice for a maximum of 6 credits).  Prerequisite: consent of instructor.  Supervised reading, study or research on an individual topic.  On demand.

IDS 491 Capstone Interdisciplinary Seminar. 1-3 credits.  S

PS497. Internship. 6-16 credits.  Prerequisites: Junior standing and advisor approval.  Provides direct experience in a peace- related, social change, human service/human rights or international agency.  F, S or Summer

IDS 498. Senior Project. 3-6 credits.  Prerequisites: Senior standing and advisory committee approval.  Production of a major academic project, which is shared with other majors, and concludes the student's program.  F or S

To complete the 36 credit hours for the major, in addition to the required courses listed above, the following courses are recommended as possible choices. Many of them will be cross-listed in the semester schedule of classes under Peace Studies. Remember, the purpose of the Interdisciplinary Studies major is to allow the student to make a conscious choice as to what kind of courses would work toward a coherent major, so you may certainly select other courses which are relevant.  For Peace Studies, a language is strongly suggested as a minor or a concentration.  

World Regional Geography  (Geog 161)
Introduction to World Religions  (Rels 101)
International Politics  (Pols 220)
Interpersonal Communication  (Comm 212)
International/Intercultural Communication  (Comm 402)
Organizational Communication  (Comm 401)
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology  (Anth 171)
Technology, Society, and the Individual  (IT 300)
Diversity in American Society  (Soc 250)
Political Sociology  (Soc 407)
Population  (Soc 437)
Ecofeminism (Soc 409)
International Economics   (Soc 338)
Poetry of War and Peace   Engl (299)

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Refugee Center (Zion Methodist Church)

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