What Can You Do With a Major in Peace Studies?

Peace studies major careers and jobs

Because there is tremendous flexibility for peace studies majors to tailor their coursework to their specific interests, graduates pursue jobs and careers in a variety of fields. The skills you gain as a peace studies major transfer into almost any setting. For example, companies and organizations of all types seek out candidates who demonstrate the ability to think strategically, resolve conflicts nonviolently, communicate effectively, and solve problems creatively.

One recurring theme among peace studies majors is making a conscious decision to pursue careers and jobs that allow them to thrive by living out their values and by contributing to the creation of a more peaceful and just world.

Jobs for peace studies majors

Peace studies graduates have pursued meaningful work in many fields.

Counseling:

  • trauma therapy and healing
  • victim support
  • community healing and restorative justice
  • refugee resettlement

Humanitarian Action:

  • humanitarian emergency response
  • crisis health care and social services
  • public health work related to violence

Government:

  • diplomacy
  • human rights protection
  • peace processes
  • post-conflict reconstruction
  • civil-military relations
  • disarmament

Conflict Resolution:

  • inter-faith, inter-ethnic, and intercultural dialogue
  • mediation or dispute settlement
  • language interpreting or teaching
  • reconciliation
  • violence prevention or resolution

Development:

  • international economic development
  • housing and urban development
  • microfinance and small business development
  • strengthening democratic institutions
  • sustainable agriculture
  • local development around poverty, hunger, and homelessness

Global Threat Mitigation:

  • economic and social injustice
  • climate change
  • gender exclusion and gender-based violence
  • genocide and mass violence
  • war and terrorism

Law:

  • human rights law
  • immigration law
  • labor and employment law
  • land issues and environmental law
  • migration and human trafficking

Business:

  • human resources
  • public relations
  • contract negotiation
  • sustainability initiatives
  • corporate social responsibility

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