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Regardless of your major, you can easily add a minor in peace, justice and conflict studies. This minor combines courses in multiple disciplines and a research project (in conjunction with a senior seminar in another major, or a separate project). Because the minor requires only 17–19 additional hours in a variety of areas, you’ll have a good deal of choice in which courses you take.

If you’re interested in a major with a peace, justice and conflict studies emphasis, you might want to explore the possibility of an Individualized Major. Contact Kip Wedel, coordinator of the peace, justice and conflict studies minor, with questions or for more information.

Required courses:
  • SSC 235 Introduction to Peace Studies
  • SSC 250 Introduction to Conflict Management
And one of the following:
  • BRL 372 Nonviolence: Theory and Practice
  • SSC 345 Structural and Cultural Violence
And one of the following:
  • HIS 240 Twentieth-Century Global Mennonite History
  • HIS 348 History of American Capitalism
  • HIS 443 History of U.S. Foreign Policy
One of the following electives, or an additional course from the above lists, or a course approved by the program director:
  • BIO 110 Environmental Science
  • BRL 301 Judaism, Christianity and Islam
  • BRL 330 Christian Social Ethics
  • COA 313 Gender, Race, Class, and the Media
  • COA 415 Communication and Culture
  • LIT 241 Studies in Fiction: War Literature
  • PSY 260 Social Psychology
  • SSC 222 Principles of Sociology
  • SWK 364 Social Development and Social Justice

See course catalog for additional approved electives.

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