Peace & Conflict Studies

Peace and Conflict Studies is an interdisciplinary major that studies the nature of conflict and violence, the possibilities of social change and the means for resolving and transforming conflict nonviolently. The major draws on Guilford’s Quaker heritage by seeking the roots of situations of injustice and oppression, exploring nonviolent social change, emphasizing each individual’s search for truth within different levels of community and focusing on practical problem-solving.

Peace and Conflict Studies melds two related fields of study, conflict resolution and peace studies, in a complementary, creative interaction. It encourages an interdisciplinary, holistic relationship between personal and social change, structured modes of conflict resolution and creative nonviolent activism, careful analysis of structural violence and exploration of spiritual foundations for peaceable living and action.

Students in Peace and Conflict Studies engage in critical analysis in several key components of the field: central concepts in peace research, the interrelation between the personal, local and global levels of conflict and possibilities of transforming conflict, theories of war and peace and methods and practices of conflict resolution, reduction and transformation. Students build skills that help them to solve problems of violence and conflict, to listen carefully and caringly to others in the midst of conflict and to contribute to organizing groups and actions concerned with social change and conflict resolution and transformation.

DEGREE OFFERED

The Bachelor of Arts degree is offered in Peace and Conflict Studies.

Peace & Conflict Studies Major

Bachelor of Arts

The major consists of a minimum of 32 credit hours (eight courses).

PECS 110 Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies - 4 credits
Any three PECS courses, must be taken at Guilford and at least two at the 300-400 level - 12 credits
PECS 390 internship in the junior or senior year that builds on a student's prior coursework and incorporates peace and conflict studies analysis with site work - 4 credits
PECS 465 Senior Seminar - 4 credits
Any two additional PECS courses or approved Extra-Departmental Courses, which are offered by other departments and contribute to the global, social, or personal/interpersonal levels of peace and conflict analysis - 8 credits

Extra-Departmental Courses:

Global 

ECON 432 International Economics - 4 credits
HIST 237 Europe in Revolution - 4 credits
HIST 238 War & Peace in 20th Century Europe - 4 credits
HIST 255 The Second World War - 4 credits
IDS 405 Quakers, Community, Commitment - 4 credits
IDS 435 Understanding Poverty - 4 credits
PHIL 249 Pacifism and Just War Theory - 4 credits
PSCI 103 International Relations - 4 credits
PSCI 275 Asia and the World - 4 credits
PSCI 345 Avoiding War, Making Peace - 4 credits
SOAN 216 The Anthropology of Colonialism - 4 credits
SOAN 425 Latin American Politics - 4 credits

Social

HIST 225 African American History - 4 credits
HIST 308 The Underground Railroad - 4 credits
HIST 315 Civil Rights Movement - 4 credits
JPS 220 Community Building Fundamentals - 4 credits

Personal/Interpersonal

JPS 244 Conflict Resolution Strategies - 4 credits
JPS 424 Trust and Violence - 4 credits
JPS 425 Family Violence - 4 credits
Total credit hours required for A.B. degree in Peace and Conflict Studies – 32 credits

Peace & Conflict Studies Minor

Minor

The interdisciplinary field of peace and conflict studies examines the nature of conflict and violence, the possibilities of social change and the means for resolving and transforming conflict nonviolently. The minor draws on Guilford’s Quaker heritage by seeking the roots of situations of injustice and oppression, exploring nonviolent social change, emphasizing each individual’s search for truth within different levels of community and focusing on practical problem-solving. Peace and conflict studies melds two related fields of study, conflict resolution and peace studies, in a complementary, creative interaction. It encourages an interdisciplinary, holistic relationship between personal and social change, structured modes of conflict resolution and creative nonviolent activism, careful analysis of structural violence and exploration of spiritual foundations for peaceable living and action.

Students in the minor engage in critical analysis in several key components of the field: theories of war and peace; central concepts in peace research; the interrelation among the personal, local and global levels of conflict and possibilities of reducing conflict; and methods and practices of conflict resolution, reduction and transformation. Students build skills that help them to solve problems of violence and conflict, to listen carefully and caringly to others in the midst of conflict and to contribute to organizing groups and actions concerned with social change and conflict resolution and transformation.

The minor in peace and conflict studies is not available to peace and conflict studies majors.

The minor requires a minimum of 16 credit hours (four courses).

PECS 110 Introduction to Peace & Conflict Studies - 4 credits
CHOOSE ONE COURSE (4 credits)
PECS 246 Mediation/Conflict Intervention - 4 credits
PECS 235 Peacebuilding in Divided Societies - 4 credits
PECS 250 Special Topics - 4 credits
PECS 315 Human Rights - 4 credits
PECS 316 Globalization: Economics & Social Justice - 4 credits
PECS 330 Nonviolence: Theories and Practice - 4 credits
PECS 345 Social Change: Promoting Peace - 4 credits
PECS 350 PECS 450 Special Topics - 4 credits
SPEC 360 PECS 460 Independent Study - 4 credits
PECS 363 Reconciliation and Justice - 4 credits
PECS 390 Internship - 4 credits

CHOOSE TWO COURSES (8 credits)
PECS 315 Human Rights - 4 credits
PECS 316 Globalization: Economics & Social Justice - 4 credits
PECS 330 Nonviolence: Theories and Practice - 4 credits
PECS 345 Social Change: Promoting Peace - 4 credits
PECS 350 PECS 450 Special Topics - 4 credits
PECS 360 PECS 460 Independent Study - 4 credits
PECS 363 Reconciliation and Justice - 4 credits
PECS 390 Internship - 4 credits
PECS 445 Conflict, Culture, Negotiation - 4 credits
PECS 465 Senior Seminar - 4 credits
PECS 468 Religion, Spirituality and Social Change - 4 credits

Total credit hours required for Peace and Conflict Studies Minor – 16 credits

Credit for courses taken at other institutions or while studying abroad: Before attending other institutions, students should obtain a “Request to Take Coursework at Another Institution” form from the registrar’s office and have their courses approved in writing by the PECS department chair. Departmental approval to take a course off campus is contingent upon the content and evaluation requirements of the course, whether the course appropriately fits the PECS curriculum, the student’s academic standing and level, and the extent to which the course is consistent with the student’s educational goals.

Peace & Conflict Studies at Guilford

Why Peace & Conflict Studies at Guilford?

Peace and conflict studies melds two related fields of study: conflict resolution and peace studies, in a complementary, creative interaction. By nature interdisciplinary, peace and conflict studies draws on Guilford’s Quaker Heritage and encourages students to seek the roots of situations of injustice and oppression, exploring nonviolent social change and emphasizing each individual’s search for truth within different levels of community.

Students investigate central concepts in peace research and learn to analyze the interrelation between personal, local and global levels of conflict. Through careful consideration and practical problem solving, they examine the holistic relationship between personal and social change and evaluate structured modes of conflict resolution as well as creative nonviolent activism.

Throughout their inquiries, students build skills that help them to solve problems of violence and conflict, to listen carefully and caringly to others in the midst of conflict and to contribute to organizing groups and actions concerned with social change, conflict resolution and transformation.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Internships

A peace and conflict studies internship involves practical experience that focuses on social change, nonviolent intervention, conflict resolution or transformation, and/or building a culture of peace. The internship includes critical reflection on the student’s experience and analysis of activities, experiences and structures that contribute to the reduction and transformation of violence and/or the maintenance of systems of violence and domination.

Conflict Resolution Center

Guilford’s Conflict Resolution Center (CRRC) helps members of Guilford’s community take an effective approach to resolving conflicts. Peace and Conflict Studies students have the opportunity to work in the CRRC, present programs on campus and provide mediation for interpersonal conflict.

Peace & Conflict Studies Faculty

Internship

A Peace and Conflict Studies internship involves practical experience that focuses on social change, nonviolent intervention, conflict resolution or transformation, and/or building a culture of peace. The internship includes critical reflection on the student’s experience and analysis of activities, experiences, and structures that contribute to the reduction and transformation of violence and/or the maintenance of systems of violence and domination. Students should register for PECS 390 with the director of peace and conflict studies.

Independent Studies and Senior Theses

If students have special interests that they wish to pursue that are not covered in Peace and Conflict Studies courses, they may arrange an independent study with an interested faculty member or pursue a senior thesis. We recommend that independent studies be done in the junior or senior year.