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2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Peace and Conflict Studies Certificate

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Program: Certificate
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:

Program Requirements:

  • 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:

Program Requirements

Part A - Core Requirement: Credits 3

Part G - Portfolio Review: Credit 1

Total Credits: 19

Student Responsibility

You are responsible for satisfying the graduation requirements specified for your selected program.  Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies and procedures governing your academic career.  All requests for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by written approval from the appropriate chair or dean.

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