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Courses in Peace and Conflict Studies

PACS 100

Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies

This course surveys the process of conflict, including conflict management, from a multidisciplinary perspective. As such, it deals with the causes, dynamics, types, levels, management functions and outcomes of conflict. The implementation of the course involves, in part, case-study simulations and occasional guest lecturers from various disciplines on campus. This course is a prerequisite for upper-level courses in conflict studies and required for the conflict studies major and minor.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Social Science None 1 course

PACS 197

First-Year Seminar

A seminar focused on writing, advising, the first-year experience, and specific topics within Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution. Open only to first-year students.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1 course

PACS 290

Topics in Peace and Conflict Studies

An examination of selected topics dealing with conflict or peace studies. Courses, while interdisciplinary in nature, will generally be taught from a peace and conflict studies perspective.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Social Science 1/4-1/2-1.0 course

PACS 295

Advanced Conflict Analysis and Resolution

This course serves as a bridge between the introductory course in the Peace and Conflict Studies Program (PACS 100) and the Program's senior capstone experience (PACS 430) and is designed to be fully integrative in terms of conflict theory, practice, and research. The class is intended to provide students with an understanding or how to integrate theory and analytical knowledge into developing effective research methodology and practice. In addition to regular class-time, students will complete a 2-hour practicum lab each week, which immerses them in extensive simulated case studies and equips them with tools for applied conflict analysis and resolution. Prerequisite: CFT or PACS 100.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
CFT or PACS 100 1 course

PACS 390

Topics in Peace and Conflict Studies

An examination of selected topics dealing with conflict or peace studies. Courses, while interdisciplinary in nature, will generally be taught from a peace and conflict studies perspective.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Social Science 1/4-1/2-1.0 course

PACS 430

Senior Seminar: The Study and Analysis of Peace and Conflict

This course fulfills the senior experience requirement for the Peace and Conflict Studies major. It is a capstone course in which students bring together their diverse course experiences into a meaningful summation of the study and analysis of conflict. The course involves a core of common readings on theories of conflict analysis, discussions and the writing and presentation of a senior research paper relevant to the seminar.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1 course