Conflict is a normal part of life. Conflicts arise at home, work and school, and in our communities. Sometimes groups engage in conflict with one another – communities with police, private companies with environmental groups, or even countries with other countries. Unfortunately, our reaction to conflict is often defined by violence. This violence is self-defeating and limits our potential for growth and development. There is, therefore, an immediate and pressing need for people equipped with the skills, knowledge, and creativity to engage in and reconcile conflicts using nonviolence.
Applied Peace Studies, which is a 21 credit minor, consists of the interdisciplinary study of the causes of violent conflict and strategies for nonviolent conflict reconciliation, with an emphasis on the philosophy and approaches to conflict transformation taught by Martin Luther King Jr.
Whether you want to develop the skills to deal with day to day conflicts that arise in your personal life or you want to develop the skills to build a powerful social movement that will create positive social change, the Applied Peace Studies minor will be of great benefit to you.
The Applied Peace Studies minor focuses on
- The many forms of violence and their root causes;
- Principles of nonviolence;
- How to analyze, engage in, and reconcile conflicts nonviolently;
- Developing the skills to engage in nonviolent social change; and
- Adapting the philosophies and strategies of great peace thinkers of the past to current social conditions
A minor in Applied Peace Studies will not only give you the skills to constructively deal with conflict, it will also illustrate that you have a unique skillset that will be valuable to any prospective employers
While the skills students acquire within this minor are relevant in almost any occupation, this program, coupled with their major, will specifically help students prepare for their careers in the following areas:
- International NGOs
- Civil, Human Rights and Environmental Law
- Social Work
- Local Community-based Organizations
- International Relations
- Political Science
- Peace Research and Education
- Personnel Management
- Criminal Justice