Peace Studies Minor Requirements

A minor in Peace Studies consists of at least five courses, including PEAC 100; three or more courses cross-listed from other academic departments and programs; and either PEAC 400 or PEAC 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 year 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.