Peace and Conflict Studies
Department of Political Science
College of Arts and Sciences
Liberal Arts Building 209 ~ 260-481-6686
Program Director: Craig Ortsey, Department of Political Science
The inherently interdisciplinary mission of the Peace and Conflict Studies program is to explore the sources, causes, and consequences of conflict, as well as the frontiers of nonviolent alternatives to conflict using a broad set of empirical and normative approaches. Its primary goal is to foster students’ insights into the origins of human conflict, cooperation, and peaceful conflict resolution from the interpersonal to the global level.
Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this certificate, students will:
- be able to discuss sources of conflict as rooted in human interests and institutions, competition for power and resources, inequality, injustice, and the environment.
- be able to depict the dynamics of conflict at various social levels, including the interpersonal, group, institutional, community, societal, and global levels.
- be able to describe violent techniques of conflict resolution such as war, terrorism, and oppression.
- be able to explain varying perspectives on peace and different paths to achieving it.
- be able to demonstrate an understanding of social justice and nonviolent conflict resolution.
- be able to articulate how social change occurs.
Declaring this Certificate:
- A minimum GPA of 2.00 or higher is required for graduation
- A grade of C- or higher in each course required for the certificate
- At least 8 credits must be earned as resident credit
To earn the Certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies, you must fulfill the following requirements in addition to those noted above: