Peace & Conflict Studies, Minor


Department of Philosophy

Peace and Conflict Studies Minor Requirements

Peace and Conflict Studies (21-unit minor) prepares students, including potential leaders, with peacemaking and conflict management skills they can apply to daily life situations. This interdisciplinary minor is open to students in any academic discipline or chosen profession. The program has been developed to provide an interdisciplinary perspective to the study of conflict, violence, war, and peace. Such an approach is essential in view of the highly complex, interconnected, interdependent world in which we live. This requires an understanding that allows people to respond creatively, rather than thoughtlessly, to conflict and violence at various levels.

Core Faculty
Veena Howard, Philosophy, Coordinator
Andrew Fiala, Philosophy

Requirements for the Minor

A total of 21 units, which will include:

  1. 15 units from the Areas of Study. It is strongly recommended that 3 units be taken from each of the five Areas of Study. However, four out of the five areas must be covered.
  2. PAX 185I - Internship (3 units) or PAX 190 - Independent Study (3 units).
  3. PAX 100. Peace and Conflict (3 units) - Provides an overview of causes and types of conflict, critical examination of issues related to war, peace, and justice.
  4. The minor also requires a minimum 2.0 GPA and six upper-division units in residence.
  5. Courses also can fulfill General Education requirements as appropriate.

Areas of Study


The department has a diverse and well-trained faculty with special interests ranging from logic and scientific method to existentialism and philosophy of religion. All members of the department share the conviction that the best way to teach philosophy is through an intense but sympathetic interchange between the teacher and the student.

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