The Minor


Peace Studies Minor

Coordinator: Laura Rediehs, Associate Professor, Philosophy

Advisory Board: Professor Eve Stoddard (global studies); Associate Professors Donna Alvah (history), Christopher Buck (government); Assistant Professor Jayantha Jayman (global studies); Chaplain Kathleen Buckley.

Peace studies is an interdisciplinary field whose purpose is to investigate a variety of concepts of peace and to explore the potential for nonviolent methods of building social, political and economic justice.

The purpose of the peace studies minor is to study the basic concepts and methods of analysis that shape the field of peace studies. Researchers from a variety of disciplines, including, for example, philosophy, religious studies, political science and social theory, have developed theories of nonviolent transformation; activists have tested these theories in practice. Students who choose this minor study these theories and methods and also examine some of the deep and rich and sometimes forgotten history of nonviolent social change, which provides material for further analysis. Students engage in critical reflection, comparing the efficacy of violence and nonviolence in addressing conflicts at all levels, from the interpersonal level to the level of international disputes.

Minor Requirements

A minor in peace studies consists of at least five courses, including Peace Studies 100; three or more courses cross-listed from other academic departments and programs; and either Peace Studies 400 or Peace Studies 489. From time to time the program also offers special topics courses that also count towards the minor.

Students must complete the cross-listed courses after taking 100 and before taking 400 or 489. In rare cases, and with the approval of the program coordinator, a student may take one cross-listed course concurrently with 100 if the student is already clear that he or she intends to minor in peace studies and consults with the program coordinator and instructor of 100 early in the semester. It is strongly advised that students who want to minor in Peace Studies should declare their minor in their sophomore or junior years to allow for comprehensive planning of the minor and the senior capstone experience. Also in rare cases, and with the approval of the program coordinator, a student may take his or her cross-listed courses concurrently with 400 or 489. In general, however, students take the three cross-listed courses between the introductory course and the capstone course.

No more than one of these cross-listed courses should be a course that counts for the student’s major(s) (or other minor, if relevant). Students who intend to minor in peace studies should meet with the program coordinator to plan a set of cross-listed courses that complements their interests in a meaningful way. Some students may focus on a particular peace studies angle: international issues with a focus on a particular conflict, for example. Others may wish for a more broad-based background, choosing an array of courses that helps them gain a wider and interdisciplinary perspective on peace issues.

Students who minor in Peace Studies must keep portfolios of their work in all courses intended for their minor, and are expected to keep in regular touch with the program coordinator about their progress through the minor.

Courses

100. Introduction to Peace Studies. The purpose of peace studies is to explore the potential for nonviolent methods of building social, political and economic justice. This course intentionally searches for alternative ways of understanding conflict. We will ask questions such as: Can we define “peace” in more positive terms than the unrealistic “absence of conflict”? Can conflict be positive or even transformative? Are “peacemakers” different from the rest of us? Can we all learn to live harmoniously with others who are very different from us? And what are ways to cultivate the inner peace that gives people the strength and insight to deal with conflict creatively and positively?  Also offered as Philosophy 120.

3000-3999.  The content of each course or section of these 100-level or 200-level special topics courses varies and will be announced each semester.

4000-4999.  The content of each course or section of these 300-level or 400-level special topics courses varies and will be announced each semester.

380. Philosophy of Peace.  In this course we explore the meanings of terms such as peace, justice, conflict, violence, pacifism, conscientious objection, and civil disobedience, and we will consider the relationships among these terms. We will also consider questions such as: Is it possible to create a truly just world? Is it possible to respond to serious conflict or oppression nonviolently? Is the use of violent force ever justified? Is a “just war” possible? We will read classic works by philosophers and others on these topics. We will also reflect on our own identities, how power is constructed in our world, and will conclude the course by envisioning a better world and considering how to work towards creating it. Pre-requisite: Peace Studies 100 or any 100-level philosophy course or permission of the instructor. Also listed as Philosophy 380.

400. SYE: Peace Studies Capstone Seminar.  This course is intended to provide an opportunity for peace studies minors to integrate what they have learned in all of the courses that they have taken for their minor. Students re-examine what they learned in these courses, making connections to important peace studies concepts; they also design integrative projects that draw from and extend those studies, and share their work with each other throughout the course. Prerequisite: Peace Studies 100. Limited to peace studies minors.

489. SYE: Peace Studies Capstone Independent Study.  If a student must take the capstone seminar in a semester during which it is not offered, he or she may take the course as an independent study under supervision of a faculty member.

Departmental Offerings

African Studies

252. Conflict in Africa (also offered as History 252).

320. African Politics (also offered as Government 320).

Anthropology

102. Cultural Anthropology.

420. Views of Human Nature.

Art and Art History

217. Buddhist Art and Ritual.

Asian Studies

106. Modern Asia (also offered as History 106).

125. Early East Asian Civilization (also offered as History 105).

210. Musics of the World (also offered as Music 210).

288. Dilemmas of Development (also offered as Sociology 288).

292. Modern China (also offered as History 292).

Canadian Studies

201. Canadian-American Relations.

Caribbean and Latin American Studies

234. Modern Latin America (also offered as History 234).

250. La Frontera: Cultural Identities on the Mexican-U.S.  Borderland (also offered as Global Studies 250).

337. Torture, Truth, Memory (also offered as Government 337).

Economics

100. Introduction to Economics.

234. Comparative Economics.

236. Globalization Issues: Equity, the Environment and Economic Growth.

Education

203. Contemporary Issues in American Education.

Environmental Studies

216. Climate Change Policy and Advocacy.

261. Agriculture and the Environment.

263. Global Change and Sustainability.

275. Energy and the Environment.

310. Philosophy of the Environment (also offered as Philosophy 310).

318. Environmental  Psychology (also offered as Psychology 318).

Film and Representation Studies

302. Theories of Global Cultural Studies (also offered as Global Studies 302)

Gender and Sexuality Studies

201. Gender in Global Perspective.

316. Gender and Communication (also offered as Performance and Communication Arts 315).

321. Intercultural Communication (also offered as Performance and Communication Arts 321 and Global Studies 321).

Global Studies

101. Intro I: Political Economy.

102. Intro II: Race, Culture and Identity.

230. Secrets and Lies: Nationalism, Violence and Memory.

250. La Frontera: Cultural Identities on the Mexican-U.S.  Borderland (also offered as Caribbean and Latin American Studies 250).

302. Theories of Global Cultural Studies (also offered as Film and Representation Studies 302).

321. Intercultural Communication (also offered as Gender and Sexuality Studies 321 and Performance and Communication Arts 321).

324. Global Public Goods.

333. Ethics of Global Citizenship (also offered as Philosophy 333).

350. Global Palestine.

Government

108. Introduction to International Politics.

206. Introduction to Political Theory (also offered as Philosophy 206).

320. African Politics (also offered as African Studies 320).

322. Chinese Politics.

331. Middle East Politics.

337. Torture, Truth, Memory (also offered as Caribbean  and Latin American Studies 337)

345. Political Theories of Violence and Nonviolence (also offered as Philosophy 343).

360. International Relations Theory.

363. International Organization and Global Governance.

364. Terrorism and Human Rights.

History

103. Development of the United States, 1607-1877.

104. Development of the United States, 1877-Present.

105. Early Asian Civilizations (also offered as ASIA  125).

106. Modern Asia (also offered as Asian Studies 106).

160. The Islamic World.

229. Introduction to Native American History.

233. Colonial Latin America.

234. Modern Latin America (also offered as Caribbean and Latin American Studies 234).

243: Origins of American Foreign Policy (Colonial Era to 1900).

244. Twentieth-Century U.S. Foreign Policy.

252. Conflict in Africa (also offered as African Studies 252).

256. Slavery and Freedom in the Americas.

267. The Holocaust (also offered as Religious Studies 267).

273: The Civil Rights Movement.

292. Modern China (also offered as Asian Studies 292).

299. Seminar on Historical Research Methods when relevant (e.g., Armenian Genocide; World War I).

308: European Imperialisms.

325. The United States and the Vietnam War.

333. The Age of the American Revolution.

371. 18th-Century Europe and the French Revolution.

373. Japan and the United States in World War II, 1931-1952.

382. Genocide in the Modern World.

Modern Languages and Literatures

Spanish 440. Poetry, Music, and Ethics.

Music

210. Musics of the World (also offered as Asian Studies 210).

245. Musics of Eastern Europe.

337. Avant-garde and Underground Music.

Performance and Communication Arts

315. Gender and Communication (also offered as Gender and Sexuality Studies 316).

318. Argumentation and Debate.

321. Intercultural Communication (also offered as Gender and Sexuality Studies 321 and Global Studies 321).

326. American Public Address.

329. Rhetoric of Social Movements.

331. Presidential Campaign Rhetoric.

334. Environmental Communication.

335. Sex Talk.

336. Rhetoric and Citizenship.

Philosophy

203. Ethical Theory.

206. Introduction to Political Theory.

310. Philosophy of the Environment (also offered as Environmental Studies 310).

333. Ethics of Global Citizenship (also offered as Global Studies 333).

343. Political Theories of Violence and Nonviolence (also offered as Government 345).

380. Philosophy of Peace (also offered as Peace Studies 380).

Psychology

215. Cultural Psychology.

313. Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

318. Environmental  Psychology (also offered as Environmental Studies 318).

322. Positive Psychology.

325. Social Psychology.

413. Community Psychology.

Religious Studies

104. World Religions.

267. The Holocaust (also offered as History 267).

335. Religion and Violence.

Sociology

110. Global Problems.

112. Inequality.

161. Social Problems and Policy.

169. Media and Society.

235. Earning a Living: Work and Occupations in a Global Economy.

236. Education and Society.

238. Social Services, Agencies and Advocacy (with Community-Based Learning).

239. The Web in Real Life (also offered as Film and Representation Studies 240).

268. Sustainable Development.

269. Population and Natural Resources.

275. Medical Sociology.

288. Dilemmas of Development (also offered as Asian Studies 288).