Peace and Conflict Studies Department

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Peace and Conflict Studies examines the nature of conflict and violence, the possibilities of social change and the means for resolving conflict nonviolently. The major draws on Guilford’s Quaker heritage by seeking the roots of injustice and oppression, while exploring nonviolent social change.

Students investigate central concepts in peace research and learn to analyze the interrelation between personal, local and global levels of conflict. Through 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 solve problems of violence and conflict, listen carefully and caringly to others during conflict and contribute to organizing groups and actions concerned with social change, conflict resolution and transformation.

Graduates have gone on to study law and they have built rewarding careers in teaching, at nonprofits aimed at social change and such government positions as those found in the Department of Justice.


Majors and Minors

  • Peace and Conflict Studies Major and Minor: The bachelor of arts in Peace and Conflict Studies melds two related fields of study — conflict resolution and peace studies — in a complementary, creative interaction. The major requires 32 credit hours, and the minor is 16 credit hours.

Peace and Conflict Studies Department News and Events

Painting With Purpose

Painting With Purpose

Guilfordians Alyzza, Gloria and Terri are creative with a purpose: They’re shining a light on what makes Greensboro a beautiful community.

Stellar Students: Austin Bryla '19

Stellar Students: Austin Bryla '19

Austin Bryla '19, shares his experience at Guilford College. Austin is a Peace …

"Seeking Justice"

"Seeking Justice"

Mary Kendall Hope hosts this podcast focusing on current issues of conflict from multiple perspectives. The goal: to transcend "right" and "wrong" in order to better understand all sides.

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Ken Gilmore

Ken Gilmore

Professor of Political Science

Zulfiya Tursunova

Zulfiya Tursunova

Assistant Professor for Peace and Conflict Studies