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Colleges/Universities with Peace Studies Programs

On my former blog, Levellers, I posted a list of Christian colleges and universities in the U.S. with peace studies programs.  Many found it useful and people emailed me with additions and links to other lists.  Here is an updated list that includes more than specifically Christian institutions and is not restricted to the United States.  This post will become a link on the “Peace Groups” page so that it will remain easily accessible.  As a father of a high school student considering majoring in peace studies, I know that this resource could be helpful to many, including pastors, youth ministers, parents, and guidance counselors–as well as those considering such studies themselves. [Update: Molly graduates high school on Friday, near the top of her class, 3.905 GPA in the International Baccalaureate program at J. M. Atherton High School. In the Fall, Molly will matriculate at Eastern Mennonite University (see below) where she will major in Peacebuilding and Development, possibly double-majoriing in Spanish, and EMU even considers her a likely candidate for the 5 year M.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies through their Center for Peacebuilding and Justice! She wants to work for the United Nations, Amnesty International, the Carter Center or similar work. I am a very proud father!]  MLW-W

Colleges & Universities in with Peace Studies Programs

U. S. Programs:

Abilene Christian University (Abilene, TX) is a Christian university related to the conservative wing of the  Stone-Campbell movement.  All branches of that movement promoted gospel nonviolence at their origins, but most in all branches have lost that heritage.  I hope ACU is recovering it with it’s program.   It offers an M.A. in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation.

Agnes Scott College (Atlanta, GA) is a women’s liberal arts college related to the Presbyterian Church, USA.  It offers a minor in Human Rights which can be added to any major, but would especially compliment an Agnes Scott B.A. in International Relations, Political Science, Philosophy, Religious Studies, or Women’s Studies.

American University(Washington, D. C.) A United Methodist-related university.  AU’s School of International Service offers a Certificate in Peacebuilding with any undergraduate major.  Also offers a Certificate in International Peace and Conflict studies.  It also offers an M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Studies.  Hosts a Peacebuilding and Development Institute.  Also, AU’s Ph.D. program in International Studies offers a doctoral concentration in International Peace and Conflict Resolution.   Also offers an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs.  AU also has several research centers which promote peacebuilding, including a Human Rights Council, a Center for Global Peace, Nuclear Studies Institute, Justice Programs Office, and Center for Islamic Peace.

Arcadia University (Glenside, PA).  Presbyterian Church (USA)-related.  Offers an M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution.

Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ).  ASU’s School of Social Transformation has a B.A. and a B.S. in justice studies as well as a minor in justice studies and a certificate in human rights.  ASU’s Graduate School offers both an M.S., a Ph.D., and a joint J.D./Ph.D. (in cooperation with ASU’s law school)  in Justice Studies.  Also offers a graduate certificate in Socio-Economic Justice.  This is a nice reminder that while Arizona’s politicians are creating oppressive and unjust laws and public policies, they do not reflect the entire state.  ASU is one institution working in a very different direction.  I’d like to see faith-based peace and justice projects in places like Arizona, too.

Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) (Elkhart, IN) offers a peace and justice studies concentration in its Master of Divinity degree as well as an M.A. in Peace Studies. One can also earn a dual degree M.A. in Peace Studies with a Master of Social Work (MA/MSW). Rooted in the Anabaptist-Mennonite tradition with its theology of nonresistance and pacifism, these are some of the strongest such programs in the nation.

Barnard College (New York, NY) is a non-denominational liberal arts college for women closely associated with Columbia University.  It offers a joint major in Human Rights with any other major (e.g., Political Science). One can also cross-register with Columbia University’s famed B.A. in International Studies.

Bethany Theological Seminary (Richmond, IN) offers Peace & Justice concentrations in both its Master of Divinity (M.Div.) and Master of Theology (Th.M.) programs.  This is the graduate theological seminary of the Church of the Brethren, one of the Historic Peace Churches.  Once called “Dunkers” or “German Baptist Brethren,” the C.O.B. is a 300 year old denomination that began in Schwarzenau, Germany as a fusion between Mennonites and radical German Pietists.  Persecution led the Schwarzenau Brethren to transplant themselves to Pennsylvania.  The peace and justice concentrations are rooted in the Pietist emphasis on compassionate spirituality and the Anabaptist emphasis on pacifism and nonviolence.

Bethel College (North Newton, KS) is a Mennonite college and offers a minor in  peace, justice, and conflict with any major.

Berea College (Berea, KY), a non-denominational Christian college founded by radical abolitionists with a focus on educating the poor (especially African-Americans and those from Appalachia), has a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies that can go with any major. (Because I know the professor who created this minor, I have great hopes that the program evolves into a major leading to a B.A.)

Bluffton University (Bluffton, OH) is a Mennonite liberal arts university focusing on undergraduate liberal arts education with a few graduate programs.  It offers a Minor in Peace and Conflict Studies.

Boston College (Boston, MA) is a Catholic college in the Jesuit tradition.  It has a number of graduate programs but because there’s already a Boston University (related to United Methodists), BC will always be “Boston College.”  Offers a minor in “Faith, Peace, & Justice.”

Boston Theological Institute (Boston, MA) is a consortium of 10 seminaries and divinity schools in the greater Boston area:  Andover-Newton Theological Seminary (United Church of Christ & American Baptist); Boston College—School of Theology and Ministry (Roman Catholic—Society of Jesus);  Boston College Theology Department (Roman Catholic—Society of Jesus); Boston University—School of Theology (United Methodist);  Episcopal Divinity School (Episcopal Church, U.S.A.); Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Evangelical Protestant); Harvard Divinity School (Ecumenical and Interfaith); Hebrew College (Rabbinical Seminary); Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (Greek Orthodox);  Saint John’s Seminary (Roman Catholic—Boston Archdiocese).  Boston Theological Institute offers a Certificate in Conflict Resolution  and students from any member institution can take courses in any member institution by cross-registration.  A consortium this large should be able to develop this program beyond the certificate level.

Brandeis University (Watham, MA) is a Jewish-founded private university that offers an M.A. in Coexistence and Conflict.

Bridgewater College (Bridgewater, MA) is a college of the Church of the Brethren, one of the “Historic Peace Churches.”  It offers a Minor in Peace Studies.

Bryn Mawr College (Bryn Mawr, PA) is a Quaker-founded liberal arts college for women.  In addition to a major in International Studies, Bryn Mawr offers a concentration in Peace and Conflict Studies that can be added to any major.

Bucknell University (Lewisburg, PA) is a private, non-sectarian, university with a primary focus on undergraduate liberal arts education. It was founded in 1846 by Baptists but has no relation to any faith group today. It offers a minor in Peace Studies.

Butler University (Indianapolis, IN) was founded by abolitionist Christians from the Stone-Campbell Movement (and is still loosely related to the most liberal branch of that movement, the Christian Church-Disciples of Christ) in 1855. It’s a small, Midwestern university with a focus on undergraduate studies.  It offers a Minor in Peace Studies.

California State Polytechnic University (CalPoly) (Pomona, CA) has a Nonviolence Studies minor at the Ahimsa Center for Nonviolence which is an integral part of the CalPoly campus. “Ahimsa” is a Hindu word for ‘non-harming” and Mohandas K. Gandhi used it to explain his philosophy of active nonviolence for social change.

Chapman University (Orange, CA) is related to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), one of the 3 denominations rooted in the Stone-Campbell movement, a movement that began with a commitment to gospel nonviolence.  At its Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Chapman offers both a B.A. and a Minor in Peace Studies.

Clark University (Worcester, MA) is a small, New England research university with a liberal arts orientation.  Committed to scholarship and inquiry that addresses human imperatives on a global basis.  In addition to having the only Ph.D. program in Holocaust Studies, Clark has an undergraduate Peace Studies minor.

Colgate University (Hamilton, NY) is a small, elite university founded by Baptists (but no longer related to any denomination or Christian in orientation) that offers both a B.A. and a Minor in Peace and Conflict Studies.

College of St. Benedict (St. Joseph, MN) & St. John’s University (Collegeville, MN)  The College of St. Benedict is a Catholic women’s college and St. John’s University is a Catholic university for men.  The 2 schools (about 3 miles apart) function as one institution with students from both taking all classes at both institutions. They have a peace studies department that offers a B.A. in peace studies and a peace studies minor.

Columbia University’s Teacher’s College (New York, NY), the graduate school of education at Columbia University,  offers a Peace Studies concentration that helps teachers to spread peace education programs in secondary schools.

Cornell University (Ithaca, NY), a research university founded by industrialist Ezra Cornell, has a peace studies concentration in its international studies program.

Creighton University (Omaha, NE), a Catholic University in the Jesuit tradition,  offers a Justice and Society major and a minor in Justice and Peace studies.

DePauw University (Greencastle, IN) is a United Methodist university with a B.A. in Conflict Studies.

Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA) is a Catholic University founded by the Congregation of the Holy Ghost (the Spiritans).  DU’s Graduate School offers a Certificate in Conflict Resolution.

Eastern Mennonite University (Harrisburg, VA) is a Mennonite university with a B.A. in Peacebuilding and Development and a Minor in Peacebuilding.  EMU’s Graduate School offers both a Certificate and an M.A. in Peace and Conflict Transformation. EMU runs a Center for Justice and Peacebuilding which also offers a Summer Peacebuilding Institute.  All programs are rooted in both the Anabaptist-Mennonite tradition of gospel nonviolence/Christian pacifism and the modern disciplines of peace studies and conflict transformation. Leymah Gbowee, the Liberian Lutheran woman who led the women’s peace movement that ended their 20-year old civil war, and who was one of the 2011 winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, is an alumna of EMU’s peacebuilding programs.

Eastern Mennonite Seminary (Harrisburg, VA) is a Christian theological seminary founded and run by the Mennonite Church, USA. It is rooted in the Anabaptist tradition.  Students from all Christian traditions are welcome, and EMS has a special relationship with the United Methodist Church.  Peace and justice emphases are found throughout the curriculum, bu,t in conjunction with EMU, it offers a dual degree of an M.Div./M.A. in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation.

Earlham College (Richmond, IN), founded by and related to the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)  offers a B.A. in Peace and Global Studies (PAGS). Earlham’s PAGS major is one of the strongest in undergraduate peace studies and offers a core curriculum plus a choice of 8 different concentrations or foci:  1) Conflict Transformation, 2) Religion and Pacifism, 3) Social Theory and Social Movements, 4) International War and Peace, 5) African-American Civil Rights, 6) Women and Social Change, 7) Environmental Studies, or 8) a student self-designed focus.  In every focus, the PAGS major or minor is interdisciplinary and rooted in both the Christian spirituality of classic Friends/Quaker tradition and the modern peace studies discipline.  In 2002, the Plowshares Collaborative was formed to strengthen the peace studies programs between Earlham (Quaker), Goshen (Mennonite), and Manchester (Brethren) colleges, three liberal arts colleges related to the three Historic Peace Churches and all in Indiana.  Students at any of the 3 colleges involved in their respective peace studies programs can cross-register at any of the other schools.

Earlham School of Religion (Richmond, IN), a Christian graduate theological seminary in the Friends/Quaker tradition, offers an M.A. in Religious Studies with a concentration in Peace and Justice Studies. (ESR offers 4 concentrations for it’s M.A. program:  Biblical Studies, Christian Theology, Quaker Studies, and Peace and Justice Studies.)  ESR’s  Master of Divinity degree and Master of Ministry Degree both offer concentrations in Peace and Justice studies, too. All programs are rooted in Friends’ spirituality.

Elizabethtown College (Elizabethtown, PA) is a college of the Church of the Brethren, one of the “historic peace churches.”  It offers a minor in peace studies rooted in the Anabaptist and Pietist traditions of the Brethren.

Elon University (Elon, NC) is affiliated with the United Church of Christ.  Offers a Minor in Nonviolence Studies.

Emory University (Atlanta, GA) is closely affiliated with the United Methodist Church.  It offers a Ph.D. in “Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding,” but nothing on the undergraduate level.

Fairfield University (Fairfield, CT) is a Catholic university in the Jesuit tradition that offers  a minor in Peace and Justice Studies.

Fresno Pacific University (Fresno, CA) is a university of the Mennonite Brethren that offers an undergraduate minor in Peace Studies, as well as an M.A. in Peacemaking in Conflict Studies. The Mennonite Brethren Church is the U. S. branch of a German Pietist fusion with Polish and Ukrainian Mennonites, stemming from emigration to the U.S. (due to Russian persecution) in the 1870s. Mennonite Brethren consider themselves both Evangelical, Pietist, and Anabaptist and the peace studies programs flow from that core identity.  The graduate department of Fresno Pacific University also offers certificates in Church Conflict and Peacemaking, Mediation, Restorative Justice, School Conflict Resolution and Peacemaking, and a Personalized Certificate in Peacemaking and Conflict Studies.

Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, CA) is a multi-denominational theological seminary in the Evangelical Protestant tradition.  It has just begun a Just Peacemaking Initiative that I hope will result in a degree program in the near future.

Gettysburg College (Gettysburg, PA) is a Christian liberal arts college founded by and closely related to Lutherans. It has a minor in Peace Studies.

George Fox University (Newburg, OR) is a Christian college closely related to the Evangelical Friends (the evangelical branch of the Friends/Quakers). It offers a Peace Studies minor.

George Mason University (Fairfax,VA) is a public, secular university in suburbs of D. C. which offers  B.A. , B.S. , M.S. and Ph.D. degrees  in Conflict Analysis and Resolution.  Also has an M.S. in Peace Operations.

Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.)  is the nation’s oldest Catholic University.  Founded by the Society of Jesus.  Has an M.A. in Conflict Resolution.

Goshen College (Goshen, IN) is a Mennonite college and offers a B.A. in Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies.  It also has minors in both Peace and Justice and Conflict Transformation studies. Also offers a certificate for teachers in conflict transformation.  The chair of the department edits the Journal of Religion, Conflict, and Peace. All are rooted in the Anabaptist-Mennonite theological tradition.  Part of the Plowshares Collaborative which strengthens the peace studies programs at Goshen (Mennonite), Manchester (Brethren) and Earlham (Quaker) colleges.  Students in a peace studies program at any of the three Indiana schools can cross-register at any of the others.

Goucher College (Baltimore, MD), an independent, highly selective, liberal arts college with a strong international focus,  has a B.A. (and minor)  in Peace Studies.  Goucher is the first college in the nation to both require that all students spend some time abroad during their college career and to use considerable scholarship money to help make that possible without adding to student debt. Endowment funds are specifically set aside to help all students study abroad during their 4 years at Goucher.   A double major in International Studies and Peace Studies is possible at Goucher.

Grinnell College (Grinnell, IA) is a private, independent liberal arts college started prior to Iowa’s statehood by missionary teachers from Yale and Andover. Anti-slavery from its beginnings, Grinnell has always had a strong commitment to social justice and a strong internationalist outlook. In 2004, the Iowa Peace Institute (based in Grinnell, IA since 1987) transferred its assets to Grinnell College for the purpose of founding a new program in Peace Studies. So far, this program has resulted only in a minor concentration, but student interest is such that plans are afoot to offer Peace Studies as a major leading to a B.A. degree.

Guilford College (Greensboro, NC) is a Friends/Quaker college with a B.A. and a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies. It also offers a B.A. in International Studies and one in Justice and Policy Studies.  Drawing on the Friends/Quaker heritage, it combines the disciplines of peace studies and conflict transformation studies.

Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, MN) is a Lutheran liberal arts college.  Offers a Peace Studies minor.

Hamline University (St. Paul, MN) is a United Methodist university.  It offers a B.A. in Social Justice.  Hamline University’s Law School has a Center for Dispute Resolution which offers several certificates in conflict resolution.

Hampshire College (Amherst, MA) is the base for the Peace and World Security Studies (PAWSS) B.A. of the Five College Consortium (Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, University of Massachusetts at Amherst [UMASS-Amherst]).  The B.A. is only offered at Hampshire, but any student at any school in the Consortium can cross-register.  Hampshire College is a private, non-sectarian, liberal arts college founded as an experiment.  In 1958, the presidents of the 4 colleges Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, Smith and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, gathered to explore together the mission of undergraduate liberal arts education. Hampshire opened its doors in 1970 as an experiment that grew out of that re-thinking of the mission and methods of liberal arts education. It uses narrative evaluations rather than traditional letter or number grades.  Learning is student directed, multidisciplinary, multicultural. All students engage in original research, and all do service learning projects.  All students produce a graduate style senior research process before graduation.

Hastings College (Hastings, NE) is a Christian liberal arts college related to the Presbyterian Church, USA. Through its Sociology Department, Hastings College offers a B.A. in Peace, Justice, and Social Change.

Haverford College (Haverford, PA) is an elite liberal arts college founded by Friends/Quakers with a concentration in Peace, Justice, and Human Rights that can be added to any major.  Part of the Tri-College Consortium of Quaker colleges near Philadelphia (Haverford, Swarthmore, and Bryn Mawr) and the peace studies programs all cross-register within this consortium.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges (Geneva, NY) are two (2) independent colleges that function as one with a fully integrated curriculum, located in the Finger Lakes region of New York.  Originally, Hobart was founded in 1822 as a men’s college and William Smith was founded (1908) as a women’s college.  HWS now operates under a coordinate college system.  All students share the same campus, faculty, administration, and curriculum, but each college maintains its own dean, traditions, student government, and athletic department. Men graduate from Hobart and women from William Smith, but the two are so integrated that William Smith is not part of the Women’s College Coalition.  They offer a peace studies minor that can be added to any major, but works especially well with the International Studies & Political Science majors. Related programs include minors in Child Advocacy, Civic Engagement and Social Justice, Holocaust Studies, Law and Society, and Social Justice Studies.

Iliff School of Theology (Denver, CO) is a United Methodist Theological Seminary that offers a Justice and Peace Studies concentration within the Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Master of Arts in Pastoral and Spiritual Care, and Master of Arts in Social Change degrees.

Juniata College (Huntingdon, PA) is a college of the Church of the Brethren, a historic peace church with both Anabaptist and Pietist roots.  It has a Department of Peace and Conflict Studies that offers Programs of Emphasis (i.e., majors) leading to a B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies; Communication and Conflict Resolution; or Peace and Conflict Studies as a secondary emphasis ( second major).

Manchester College (North Manchester, IN) has a B.A. in Peace Studies housed at the Peace Studies Institute and Program in Conflict Resolution.  The discipline of Peace Studies began at Manchester College with the first B.A. in Peace Studies offered in 1948.  Related to the Church of the Brethren, a Historic Peace Church.  Part of the Plowshares Project of coordinated peace programs at Earlham (Friends/Quaker), Goshen (Mennonite), and Manchester (Brethren) Colleges.  Publishes Nonviolent Social Change:  The Bulletin of the Peace Studies Institute.

Manhattan College (Riverdale, NY) is a small Catholic college that offers a B.A. in Peace Studies.

Marian University (Indianapolis, IN) is a Catholic university in the Franciscan tradition that offers a Minor in Peace and Justice Studies.  The approach here is rooted in Franciscan spirituality.

Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI) is one of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities among U.S. Catholic universities.  Since 2007, it has had a Center for Peacemaking headed by my friend, Fr. G. Simon Harak, S.J., a Palestinian-American Christian, pacifist, moral theologian, and nonviolent activist.  Marquette offers an interdisciplinary minor in Justice and Peace studies open to everyone, but which coordinates well with an International Studies major. As of 2012, Marquette now offers a B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies.

Mary Baldwin College (Staunton, VA) is a historic women’s college related to the Presbyterian Church, USA.  It offers an interdisciplinary minor in Peacemaking and Conflict Studies.  It also has a related major (B.A.) in International Relations.

Messiah College (Grantham, PA) is a Christian College founded by the Brethren in Christ and, thus, in the evangelical, Anabaptist, Pietist, and Wesleyan traditions.  Messiah’s Sider Institute offers a B.A. and a Minor in Peace and Conflict Studies.

Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI) is a public university that offers a specialization in Peace and Justice Studies under the College of Social Sciences.

Millsaps College (Jackson, MS) is a four-year liberal arts college founded and closely related to the United Methodist Church.  It offers a minor in Peace Studies.

Nazareth College (Rochester, NY) is a Christian liberal arts college founded and very closely related to the Church of the Nazarene, an evangelical denomination in the Wesleyan Arminian tradition.  It offers a B.A. in Peace and Justice Studies.

Nova Southeastern University (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) is a private research university that offers an. M.S. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution.

Oberlin College (Oberlin, OH) is a private liberal arts college and music conservatory that was founded by abolitionist evangelical Christians in the 19th C., but has long since become a secular/nonsectarian institution.  Offers a concentration in Peace and Conflict Studies that can be added to any major, but does not substitute for a major or minor.

Ohio University (Athens, OH) is a top-ranked public university.  Offers a B.A. in War and Peace Studies .

Roanoke College (Roanoke, VA) is a Christian liberal arts college founded by and related to Lutherans.  It has a concentration in Peace and Conflict Studies.

Southern Methodist University (Plano, TX) is a research university related to the United Methodist Church.  Has an M.A. in Dispute Resolution.

Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, PA) is an elite liberal arts college founded by Friends/Quakers that offers a Minor in Peace and Conflict Studies.

Tufts University (Medford, MA) is a university founded by Universalists and has both a Certificate and B.A. in Peace and Justice Studies.

University of Colorado at Boulder (Boulder, CO) is a public research university that offers a certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies.

University of Denver (Denver, CO) has a Joseph Korbel School of International Studies that offers M.A. degrees in International Development, International Human Rights, International Security, Conflict Resolution, as well as the traditional International Studies degrees.  It also has degrees specifically for people connected to the U.S. Peace Corps.

University of LaVerne (LaVerne, CA) was founded in 1891 by the Church of the Brethren, one of the “historic peace churches.” Although it has drifted considerably from its CoB heritage (only the campus minister must still be a minister in the CoB) and even brags on its website about how well it meets the educational needs of active duty and reserve military (!), U of LaVerne still offers a Minor in Peace Studies.

University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Greensboro, NC) is a public research university which offers an M.A. in Conflict and Dispute Resolution.

University of North Texas (Denton, Texas) is a public research university which  has a founded a Peace Studies Program.  Offers a Certificate and a Minor in Peace Studies, plus a Peace Studies concentration in the B.A. in International Studies.

University of Notre Dame du Lac (South Bend, IN) is a major Catholic university founded by the Congregation of the Holy Cross.  Through Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, the university offers a B.A. and a minor in Peace Studies, an M.A. in Peace Studies, and even a Ph.D. in Peace Studies.  This is one of the few Ph.D. programs in peace studies available.  The Kroc approach is called strategic peacebuilding.

University of San Diego (San Diego, CA) is a Roman Catholic university in the Jesuit tradition.  It hosts the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies which contains both an Institute for Peace with Justice and a Trans-Border Institute.  It offers an undergraduate Minor in Peace and Justice Studies.  Also offers an M.A. in Peace and Justice Studies.

University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA) USC is a private, non-sectarian research university. It is the oldest institution of higher education in California—or even West of the Rockies.  USC has a peace and conflict studies minor and a human rights minor.

University of St. Thomas (Saint Paul, MN) is a Catholic university with a B.A. in Justice and Peace Studies.

Villanova University (Villanova, PA) is a Catholic university in the Augustinian tradition with a Center for Peace and Justice that offers both a certificate and a minor in Peace and Justice Studies.

Wellesley College (Wellesley, MA) is an elite, private women’s college.  It offers a B.A. in Peace and Justice Studies in the tradition of former Wellesley sociology professor Emily Green Balch, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for her leadership in the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF).

Whitworth University (Spokane, WA) is a Christian liberal arts college founded by Presbyterians and closely connected to the Presbyterian Church (USA).  It offers a B.A. in Peace Studies through the Political Science Department which also offers a minor.

International Universities with Peace Studies Programs

Internationally, the Peace Studies movement has been more often connected with research universities rather than specifically faith-based educational institutions.

AUSTRALIA

University of Melbourne offers an M.A. in International Politics with an emphasis on Global Justice and Peacemaking.

University of New England (New South Wales) offers both a Master of Letters and a Ph.D. in Peace Studies.

University of South Australia (Adelaide) offers  an M.A. in Conflict Management.

University of Sydney has a Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies which offers both an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Peace and Conflict Studies.

AUSTRIA

Austrian Study Center for Peace and Conflict Studies offers an English-language M.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies.

CANADA

Canadian Mennonite University (Winnipeg, MB), founded and operated by the Mennonite Church-Canada offers a B.A. and a minor in Peace & Conflict Transformation Studies [PACTS].  It hosts the Canadian School of Peacebuilding and an Institute of Community Peacebuilding. It publishes the Peace Research Journal. 

Conrad Grebel University College of the University of Waterloo (Waterloo, ON) is a liberal arts and theological college of the Mennonite Church-Canada attached to the University of Waterloo.  It offers  a B. A. in Peace and Conflict Studies rooted in the Anabaptist-Mennonite tradition.  There is also a Certificate Program in Conflict Management.  It also hosts a Centre for the Study of Religion and Peace.  Beginning in Sept. 2012, Conrad Grebel will offer a Master of Peace and Conflict Studies (MPACS).

King’s University College (London, ON) is a Catholic college at the University of Western Ontario.  It offers a B.A. in Social Justice and Peace Studies.

McGill University (Montreal, QB) operates a Centre for International Peace and Security Studies jointly with the University of Montreal. Together they offer a joint Ph.D. in Peace and Security Studies.

Sault College (Sault St.e Marie, ON) Offers a 2-year diploma in Peace and Conflict Studies.

University of Toronto (Toronto, ON) offers a B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies.  It is offered through the Trudeau Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (part of the Monk School of Global Affairs), which is named, of course, for the late Pierre Trudeau, one of Canada’s greatest prime ministers and a strong worker for global human rights and international peace.

COSTA RICA

University for Peace/Universidad para La Paz [UPEACE] was founded under the auspices of the United Nations to promote peacemaking and human rights. Has M.A. degrees in:  Environmental Security and Peace (and one with a specialization in Climate Change and Security); Gender and Peacebuilding; International Law and Human Rights; International Law and the Settlement of Disputes; International Peace Studies; Media, Peace, and Conflict Studies; Natural Resources and Peace; Peace Education; Sustainable Urban Governance and Peace.

FRANCE

Institut d’études politiques de Paris/Paris Institute of the Political Sciences [“SciencesPo”] (Paris).  Offers 2 related Masters degrees:  The Master in International Security and the Master in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action.

University for Health and Law/Université Lille 2: Droit et Santé (Lille Cedex).  Offers an M.A. in Management and Peacekeeping Within the United Nations Program.  

UNITED KINGDOM

Coventry University (England) has a Center for Peace and Reconciliation which offers both a postgraduate certificate in Conflict Resolution Skills and an M.A. in Peace and Reconciliation Studies.

University of Bradford (West Yorkshire, England) has both an M.Phil. and a Ph.D. in Peace Studies.

University of Lancaster (Lancaster, England) has a B.A. in Peace Studies and International Relations; M.A. in Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies; Ph.D. in Peace Studies.

University of York (York, England) offers an M.A. in Conflict, Governance, and Development; an M.A. in Post-War Recovery Studies; Ph.D. in Post-War Recovery Studies.

GERMANY

Alice-Salomon University of Applied Sciences (Berlin) offers an English-language M.A. in Intercultural Conflict Management.

Northern Ireland & Republic of Ireland

Queen’s University (Belfast) offers an M.A. in Comparative Ethnic Conflict.

Trinity College (Dublin) offers an M.Phil. in International Peace Studies

University of Limerick (Limerick) offers an M.A. in Peace and Development Studies.

University of Ulster (Magee & Derry/Londonderry) offers an M.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies.

 Israel

Tel Aviv University  offers an M.A. in International Conflict Resolution and Mediation.

Lebanon

Lebanese American University (Byblos). Has recently developed an Institute for Peace and Justice Education. At the moment, it only offers block courses and summer programs, but it is developing a minor in peace and conflict studies.

Norway

University of Troms offers an English-language M.A. in Peace Studies.

Spain

Bancaja International Centre for Peace and Development, Castellόn offers an M.A. in Peace and Development Studies in both English and Spanish.

SWEDEN

Gӧteburg University offers an M.A. and Ph.D. in Peace and Research Development Research, both in English.

Uppsala University has an English language Advanced International Training Program in Conflict Resolution and offers a Ph.D. in Peace and Conflict.

Turkey

Sabanci University offers an  English language M.A. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution.  The Ph.D. in Political Science has a conflict analysis concentration.

May 3, 2011 - Posted by | colleges/universities, education, human rights, nonviolence, peace, peacemakers, theological education

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  1. In Canada, Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg offers a Bachelors in Peace and Conflict Transformation Studies. Surely there are other Canadian institutions with Peace Studies programs.

    Comment by Blake | May 3, 2011 | Reply

  2. Oberlin College added a Peace and Conflict Studies Concentration recently (in the last few years.) There were a fair number of Peace Community Church folk (especially Al Caroll, and the Experimental College class he organized) involved in organizing to get this going, and Steve Mayer, the chair of the concentration’s committee, is a member there.

    Comment by David Weasley | May 20, 2011 | Reply

  3. SOOO VERY HELPFUL. I am totally indebted to who ever made this post. This was excatly what I was looking for in a college search. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

    Comment by Hannah | November 1, 2011 | Reply

    • You’re welcome, Hannah.

      Comment by Michael Westmoreland-White | March 9, 2012 | Reply

  4. george mason is public, btw

    Comment by uay | March 26, 2012 | Reply

    • Thanks, I’ll correct that entry. When I was doing this page, the website make George Mason U. look like a hybrid similar to UDelaware–private, but with much public funding. Instead, it seems George Mason is more like the College of William & Mary–began as private, but the Commonwealth took it over.

      Comment by Michael Westmoreland-White | March 26, 2012 | Reply

  5. This is wonderful. Thank you for compiling this list! Just as an update, Conrad Grebel University College recently announced its Master of Peace and Conflict Studies program (MPACS) beginning in September 2012. http://www.grebel.uwaterloo.ca/academic/mpacs/index.shtml

    Comment by Rebekah | March 30, 2012 | Reply

    • One more quick note – Toronto University is better known as the University of Toronto. I believe U of T’s peace and conflict studies program is based at the Trudeau Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies but I am not certain about the details. http://www.munkschool.utoronto.ca/trudeaucentre/programs.html

      Comment by Rebekah | March 30, 2012 | Reply

    • Thanks, I’ll have to take time this weekend to update the list, Rebekah!

      Comment by Michael Westmoreland-White | March 30, 2012 | Reply

  6. Thanks for this resource – it would be wonderful to post an updated version of it on the Global Campaign for Peace Education newsletter. You may do so through the following link:

    http://www.peace-ed-campaign.org/newsletter/contribute.php

    Or you may email us at news@peace-ed-campaign.org

    In peace,
    Oliver

    Comment by Oliver Rizzi Carlson | April 27, 2012 | Reply

  7. Michael, thanks much for all the work you did to make this information available.

    I happened to find out today that Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa, has a Peace Studies program. On May 18 they had a Legacy of Peace program, and Amy Goodman was the speaker.

    Comment by Leroy Seat | May 24, 2012 | Reply

    • Thanks for the update, Dr. Seat.

      Comment by Michael Westmoreland-White | May 24, 2012 | Reply

    • Thanks. I do semi-regular updates to this page, Dr. Seat.

      Comment by Michael Westmoreland-White | May 25, 2012 | Reply

  8. I say ‘Thank You’ to those who contributed in one way or the other in the compilation of these lists.The stakeholders in the field of peace and conflicts know where to go for further studies and job oportunities………Tunde Makinde..

    Comment by Aderemi Tunde Makinde | September 25, 2012 | Reply

  9. We found your list very helpful in compiling our own list at http://www.peacecolleges.com/. Thank you for your help and feel free to use any of the information you find there for your own list!

    Comment by Bonnie Lofton | May 28, 2013 | Reply

  10. We’d love to have the Juniata program added to the list. http://www.juniata.edu/departments/pacs/
    We have an undergraduate major with a strong emphasis in conflict resolution, nonviolent social change, and arts and peace-building.

    Comment by cookhuffman | July 17, 2013 | Reply

  11. Thanks very my brother! I’m in South Africa. I’ve been searching for peace-, security- and conflict-related schools in the US. I struggled a bit… Until I found this website. It’s perfect! Appreciated!

    Comment by TJ Tjemza | October 18, 2013 | Reply

  12. Don’t forget Felician College in Lodi, New Jersey!

    Comment by Natalie McDonald | November 8, 2013 | Reply

  13. Excellent compilation of information; very useful for studies in this area. I’m delighted for all who helped you prepare these listings for education in areas of peace studies and conflict management,etc. God bless , and peace to you…from A David Gutierrez, Isabela,P R

    Comment by A David Gutierrez | December 31, 2013 | Reply

  14. Wayne State University’s Center for Peace and Conflict Studies is approaching its 50th anniversary in 2015. It is one of the oldest peace studies programs in the country, and pioneered approaches both nationally and internationally, including the first Conflict Resolution in Schools programming in Michigan in the 1970s. We offer an undergraduate co-major in peace and conflict, and a graduate certificate in Peace and Security Studies.

    Comment by Dr. Fred Pearson, Director | January 12, 2014 | Reply

  15. The Conflict and Dispute Resolution MA program at University of North Carolina at Greensboro is now it’s own academic department! We have since changed our name to “Peace and Conflict Studies”. Along with our MA program, we now offer a B.A. and minor in Peace and Conflict Studies at the undergraduate level.

    Comment by Andrew Frederick Wilson | May 15, 2014 | Reply


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