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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Peace And Conflict Studies Certificate

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Program: Certificate
Interdisciplinary Studies

College of Liberal Arts
Liberal Arts Building 209 ~ 260-481-6686

Program Coordinator:  Craig Ortsey

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.  The certificate can be earned and awarded independent of other degree(s).

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:

  • Declare this certificate through your major department, the department of Political Science, or the program coordinator.

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

Gainful Employment Disclosure:

Information regarding Consumer Information for this program can be found at: Consumer Information - Purdue Fort Wayne (

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 B - Additional Core Courses: Credits 3

Choose one course from the following list:

Part G - Portfolio Review: Credit 1

Total Credits: 19

Student Responsibility

You are responsible for ensuring that you satisfy all graduation requirements specified for each selected program.  Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies, and procedures governing your academic career.  If you cannot complete all program requirements by your stated graduation date but fail to remove those from your plan of study, the Registrar’s Office in consultation with your academic advisor will remove unmet pursuits from your plan of study. Changing curricular records during the graduation term of application may affect state or federal financial aid awards. 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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