The major in Peace Studies is the newest major in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences. It responds to the growing interest and need to understand the causes of violence, theories of nonviolence, and to acquire the skills of nonviolent conflict management. It is also inspired by the challenge of Fr. Adolfo Nicolás, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, for Jesuit Universities to develop programs addressing "human rights, peace and reconciliation...and environmental protection...."
Marquette University joins some of the most prestigious universities in the United States to offer a major in peace studies. The major offers a rich curriculum focused on theory and skills of peacemaking, the achievement of justice and the protection of human rights, and national development. It also offers internships both local and international.
Dr. Michael Duffey, Associate Professor of Theology, is the program director. He specializes in Christian social ethics, nonviolence in the Christian tradition, and peace studies.