Peace and Conflict Resolution

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College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies

Program Description

Peace and Conflict Resolution is an interdisciplinary minor with most of its courses drawn from the Social Sciences. The courses introduce students to the processes of understanding and changing social conditions in order to lead to a more peaceful, just, and conflict-free society and world.

We find that war and oppression are subject to study and to change, and the university is an appropriate setting for the study and pursuit of alternate means of resolving conflicts.

The minor complements a number of majors, including many in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Professional Schools.

Special Features

  • A philosophy basic to the study of Peace and Conflict Resolution is praxis, the creative combination of analysis and action. Students in the program are encouraged to develop the knowledge base, skills, and political courage necessary for effective leadership in a democratic society.
  • The program's faculty is widely published and active in a number of fields related to peace and conflict resolution.
  • The goal of the program is to educate adults to be responsible and courageous citizens, and, if the students choose, to become professional peace workers. To achieve this end we practice an interdisciplinary approach, drawing upon courses and faculty in several academic areas including anthropology, communication studies, economics, education, government, environmental studies, ethnic studies, and women's studies.

Contact Information

David R. Andersen-Rodgers, Program Coordinator
Tahoe Hall 3119
(916) 278-7095


Total units required for Minor: 21

GOVT 143Causes of War, Causes of Peace3
Select three of the following:9
Anthropology of War
Conflict Resolution Through Communication
Restorative Justice and Conflict Resolution
International Environmental Problems
War and Peace in the Nuclear Age
War, Peace and the Mass Media
Select three elective courses from Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies with advisor approval.9
Total Units21