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Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Aung Sun Suu Kyi, Nelson Mandela, Dorothy Day, and Abdul Ghaffar Khan all started in the same place—as ordinary people drawn into a great cause. As a peace studies major you'll learn how to become an agent for positive change by studying the theory and practice of nonviolent peacemaking, human rights and conflict resolution.

Chart a journey based on your interests and curiosity.

Questions of peace and justice permeate our lives. By choosing from courses in many disciplines (including political science, sociology, history, anthropology, theology, psychology, philosophy and other fields), you can explore peacemaking on three distinct levels: personal (faith and values), interpersonal (relationships between individuals, ethnic groups, and states) and systemic (interactions with political, social, and economic systems).

Study the most compelling narrative of our time.

The world is changing; both globalization and nonviolent resistance are driving this change. Did you know that from 1900 to 2006 there were 83 nonviolent campaigns in the world that successfully accomplished regime change or the expulsion of foreign occupiers? In the same time frame, nonviolent campaigns achieved success 78% of the time, compared to only 38% for violent campaigns. Recent events suggest that we will continue to see entire societies transformed by nonviolent resistancyou will have a front-row seat as this plays out.

Focus on issues that matter to you.

In peace studies you will hone your critical thinking skills and direct your creativity and ingenuity toward solving some of the most pressing issues in the world. Through experiences inside and outside the classroom you will gain a better understanding of the world around you and practical ways to contribute to building a more just and peaceful world.

Keep an eye on your future.

Peace studies pushes you to grow and think outside the box, providing you with skills and experiences that employers are looking for. You will gain and refine valuable skills such as strategic thinking, conflict resolution, creative problem solving, negotiation, persuasion, critical analysis and effective communication while working side-by-side with other top students in a climate that promotes academic rigor and friendship. To make the job search easier and to help you build a strong professional network, we bring professionals, recruiters and high profile speakers to campus.

Pursue experiences that will shape your life.

Build memories that will last a lifetime and provide you with a unique perspective on peacemaking by participating in study abroad programs or the Center for Peacemaking’s student peacemaking fellowship program. Students have studied and implemented peacemaking projects in more than 10 U.S. states and over 20 countries including Argentina, Bosnia, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, India, the Philippines and South Africa.

Suggested curriculum

Major courses are bolded.


  • Introduction to Peace Studies
  • Peace Studies Elective on Conflict
  • UCCS - Rhetoric and Composition I & II
  • UCCS - Philosophy of Human Nature
  • UCCS - Science and Nature*
  • Foreign Language I & II


  • Theology, Violence, and Nonviolence
  • Peace Studies Elective
  • UCCS - Introduction to Theology
  • UCCS - Literature/Performing Arts*
  • UCCS - Mathematical Reasoning*
  • UCCS - Individual and Social Behavior*
  • UCCS - Histories of Cultures and Societies*
  • Foreign Language III


  • Three Peace Studies Electives
  • UCCS - Diverse Cultures
  • UCCS - Theory of Ethics
  • UCCS - Theology*
  • Elective


  • Two Peace Studies Electives
  • Capstone Seminar in Peace Studies
  • Electives

*Choose from list of approved UCCS (University Core of Common Studies) courses offered by the College of Arts and Sciences.

Peace Studies

You might like the Peace Studies major if you

✓ Enjoy working with people

✓ Like developing creative solutions to pressing social issues

✓ Are interested in nonviolent peacemaking, human rights and social justice

What can you do with a major in Peace Studies?

Philosophy majorThe peace studies major prepares you to live out your values and earn a living while making a tangible difference. Graduates pursue opportunities in fields including restorative justice, development, humanitarian action, government, counseling, community organizing, law, education and business.

Learn more about what you can do with a major in peace studies.

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