Can you envision a peaceful and just world?
Learn how to be part of the solution

Violence mars our existence and impedes our development. There is, therefore, an immediate, pressing need for creative people with skills pertaining to nonviolent conflict resolution. The creation of peace is one of the great unsolved human problems. This program seeks to contribute toward a solution.

The Applied Peace Studies minor was developed to promote a critical understanding of the nature and dynamics of violent conflict and the conditions and practice of peace. It provides a structured program of study for students who wish to explore issues of violence and conflict, social and environmental justice, human rights, and peace in its many forms.

This program is founded on the premise that education can contribute to society by helping students understand and deal creatively with the consequences of violent human behavior and develop the skills to make the world a more peaceful place to live.

The Applied Peace Studies minor focuses on:

  • Causes of violent conflict and the conditions of peace
  • Practices of peacebuilding and reconciliation
  • Sources of war, social oppression and violence
  • Challenges to promoting peace and justice
  • Strategies for introducing nonviolent conflict resolution
  • Actions to transform unjust, violent or oppressive situations

Career Options

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:
  • Teaching
  • International NGOs
  • Civil, Human Rights and Environmental Law
  • Diplomatic Services
  • Counseling
  • Local Community-based Organizations
  • Government
  • International Relations
  • Journalism
  • Political Science
  • Peace Research and Education
  • Personnel Management

Declaring a Minor

To declare a minor, complete the "Applying for a Minor" survey online, and you will be given further instructions. Once this has been processed you will receive an e-mail confirmation from the Advisement Center.

Minor Adviser

James HandleyJim Handley
310 Tainter Hall
Menomonie, WI 54751

Phone: 715-232-2574

Applied Peace Studies Events

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Peace through Justice, Peace through Transformation, Peace through Politics, Peace through Sustainability, Peace through Education