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The major consists of 10╠řcourses, taken in╠řfour clusters:
Cluster 1 (Core Approaches) ÔÇô These │┘Ě╔┤ă╠ř│Ž┤ă│▄░¨▓§▒▓§╠řserve╠řas a foundation for the program, introducing students to critical perspectives on the study of peace and conflict.
Cluster 2 (Elective Offerings)╠řÔÇô These four elective courses allow students to develop substantive knowledge of key thematic and topical issues and methodologies within the broader╠řinterdisciplinary field of peace and conflict studies.╠řTwo of these courses must be at the 300 level or higher.
Cluster 3 (Geographic Area of Specialization) ÔÇô PCON majors take three courses related to a specific geographic region to broaden their knowledge and to ensure in-depth understanding of particular regional conflicts.
Cluster 4 (Thesis)╠řÔÇô PCON majors in the fall of their fourth year╠řwill take one course (PCON 479) to develop╠řa thesis project that integrates╠řand synthesizes the knowledge gained in Clusters 1ÔÇô3.
Major credit will be awarded for no more than two courses taken at another institution.
Up to two courses from a PCON major can be counted towards any other major or minor.╠řThese╠řcourses should be approved by the student's PCON faculty advisor in order to make sure all applicable╠řrequirements are being met for successful completion and graduation. PCON majors are strongly encouraged to consult with their PCON faculty advisor at least once each semester.
Cluster 1 ÔÇô Core Approaches (2 Courses)
Students are strongly encouraged to take both core approaches courses during their first and second years, and should have completed Cluster 1 courses before taking the PCON 479 Research Seminar in the fall of their fourth year.╠řThese courses╠řmay be taken concurrently or in any order.
- PCON 201╠ř-╠řProcesses of Peace & Conflict: Histories, Theories, Technologies
- PCON 202╠ř-╠řPractices of Peace and Conflict: Politics, Cultures, Societies
Cluster 2 ÔÇô Elective Offerings (4 Courses)
To deepen and develop╠řtheir knowledge of issues, methodologies,╠řand current debates in peace and conflict studies, students take four elective courses (see list below).
These courses help students develop substantive knowledge of key issues/topics in the╠řfield. Courses in Cluster 2╠řexpose╠řstudents to a range of methodologies for studying peace and conflict, engage new and established frameworks for study and understanding, and incorporate critical approaches to theorizing the field. Courses in Cluster 2╠řdeal with war, armed conflict, and genocide, transnational and human security issues, the lived experience of collective violence, and human rights and structural violence in broadly interdisciplinary ways. A student pursuing a double major with another department or program may use one Cluster 2 elective to count for both majors. At least two of these courses must be taken╠řat or above the 300 level.
- ANTH 245/SOCI 245╠ř-╠řNature, Culture, and Politics ╠ř
- CORE C137╠ř-╠řPartition: The Division of British India
- CORE S138╠ř-╠řThe Advent of the Atomic Bomb
- EDUC 303╠ř-╠řDecolonizing Development: Gender, Power & Education in International Development
- ENGL 431╠ř-╠řEthnographic Fictions: Travel Writing, Bearing Witness, and Human Rights
- ENST 321╠ř-╠řGlobal Environmental Justice
- GEOG 318/SOCI 318╠ř-╠řInternational Migration, U.S. Immigration, and Immigrants ╠ř╠ř╠ř
- GEOG 321╠ř-╠řTransnational Feminist Geography
- HIST 206╠ř-╠řThe Civil War Era (US)
- HIST 216╠ř-╠řU.S. Foreign Policy, 1917 - Present (US)
- HIST 231╠ř-╠řResistance and Revolt in Latin America (LAC)
- HIST 237╠ř-╠řEmpires and Global History:1400-1700 (TR)
- HIST 251╠ř-╠řThe Politics of History (TR)
- HIST 265╠ř-╠řWar and Violence in East Asia (AS)
- HIST 271╠ř-╠řThe First World War (TR)
- HIST 272╠ř-╠řWar and Holocaust in Europe (EU)
- HIST 309╠ř-╠řCulture and Society in Cold War America (US)
- HIST 316╠ř-╠řThe United States in Vietnam, 1945 - 1975 (US)
- HIST 350╠ř-╠řContemporary European History, 1945 to the Present (EU)
- HIST 358╠ř-╠řConquest and Colony: Cultural Encounters in the Americas (TR)
- HIST 380╠ř-╠řEmancipation, Forced Labor, and Contemporary Bondage in Africa (AF)
- HIST 489╠ř-╠řSeminar on Problems in Military History (TR)
- JWST 251/RELG 251╠ř-╠řFaith after the Holocaust ╠ř╠ř
- PCON 245╠ř-╠řOrganizing War: Military Organization, Culture, and Thought Since the Beginning of the Modern Age
- PCON 260╠ř-╠řFeminist Security Studies
- PCON 301╠ř-╠řInternational Human Rights
- PCON 303/GEOG 303╠ř-╠řThe Camp: A Global History of Civilian Internment ╠ř╠ř
- PCON 304/GEOG 304╠ř-╠řCriminal Underworld: Drugs, Guns, Bodies ╠ř
- PCON 310/GEOG 310╠ř-╠řGeopolitics ╠ř
- PCON 314╠ř-╠řMedia War: Peace and Conflict in the Digital Age
- PCON 322╠ř-╠řWeapons and War: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
- PCON 329/GEOG 329╠ř-╠řEnvironmental Security ╠ř
- PCON 340╠ř-╠řTerror and Counter - Terror: Histories and Logics of Asymmetric Warfare
- PCON 341/POSC 341╠ř-╠řWar and the Shaping of American Politics ╠ř╠ř
- PCON 345╠ř-╠řTransitional and Historical Justice
- PCON 351/MIST 351╠ř-╠řThe Israel/Palestine Conflict ╠ř
- PCON 356╠ř-╠řIs it Genocide? The Legal Bases of Settler Colonialism ╠ř
- PCON 358/POSC 358╠ř-╠řTransnational Politics ╠ř╠ř
- PCON 368/ENGL 368╠ř-╠řAfter Genocide: Memory and Representation ╠ř
- PHIL 312╠ř-╠řContemporary Political Philosophy (VT)
- PHIL 313╠ř-╠řInternational Ethics (VT)
- POSC 317╠ř-╠řIdentity Politics
- POSC 344╠ř-╠řPolitics of Poverty
- POSC 348╠ř-╠řThe Rise and Fall of Communism
- POSC 349╠ř-╠řThe International Political Economy
- POSC 353╠ř-╠řNational Security
- POSC 357╠ř-╠řInternational Institutions
- POSC 374╠ř-╠řInternational Law
- POSC 390╠ř-╠řSilent Warfare: Intelligence Analysis and Statecraft
- POSC 454╠ř-╠řSeminar: The Cold War and After
- POSC 456╠ř-╠řSeminar: War - Theories and Practices
- PSYC 368╠ř-╠řPrejudice and Racism
- RELG 235╠ř-╠řReligion, War, Peace, and Reconciliation
- RELG 240╠ř-╠řReligion and Terrorism
- RELG 251╠ř-╠řFaith after the Holocaust
- RELG 345╠ř-╠řReligion and Human Rights
- REST 333╠ř-╠řHuman Rights in Russia and Eurasia
- SOCI 212╠ř-╠řPower, Racism, and Privilege
- SOCI 216╠ř-╠řSociology of War
- SOCI 312╠ř-╠řSocial Inequality
- SOCI 326╠ř-╠řNations and Nationalism
Cluster 3 ÔÇô Geographic Areas of Specialization (3 Courses)
Knowledge of specific regional conflicts, and efforts to resolve them, is essential to the study of peace and conflict. To develop this knowledge base, students are required to take three approved courses on the politics, culture, history, geography, or economics of a geographic region chosen from the following:
- Central America, the Caribbean, and South America
- North America
- West, East, Central, and Southern and Sub-Saharan Africa
- The Middle East and North Africa
- Russia, the Caucasus, and Central Asia
- Asia and the Pacific Rim
- Transregional Communities
Students may take Cluster 3 electives concurrently with courses in Clusters 1 and 2. Other courses, including Liberal Arts Core Curriculum courses, off-campus studies courses, and 300- or 400-level language courses, may count toward the geographic areas requirement, if approved by the program director. Many courses can count for Cluster 3 for each of the regions listed. Students should consult their PCON adviser about specific courses across the curriculum and off campus which may satisfy this requirement. Approved study abroad programs will normally provide two course credits towards this part of the major. Whenever possible, students should declare,╠řin consultation with their PCON advisor,╠řtheir area of geographic specialization and seek approval╠řany already-taken Cluster 3 courses soon after becoming a major. The "Transregional Communities" designation (see above) applies to a thematic course of study on issues such as displacement, forced migration, or refugee and diaspora communities.
Cluster 4 ÔÇô Thesis (1 Course)
To complete the thesis requirement, students must enroll in PCON 479╠řin the fall semester of the fourth year. In order to advance to the thesis, students should have completed both╠řof the Cluster 1 requirements and╠řtaken as many classes as possible in Clusters 2 and 3. Theses developed during the research seminar may be on any topic, but students are expected to╠řintegrate expertise in their Cluster 3 geographic area╠řof specialization in their final submissions.
Students can declare a PCON major at any time. Prospective majors are strongly encouraged to take and successfully complete at least one required Cluster 1 course before making the decision.
Honors and High Honors
Students interested in pursuing honors can find the additional requirements on the╠řPeace and Conflict Studies╠řprogram╠řpage.
To qualify for graduation, a minimum grade of C is required for all courses taken toward the major.
Peace and Conflict Studies Program
For more information about the department, including faculty,╠řtransfer credit, awards, etc.,╠řplease visit the╠řPeace and Conflict Studies program╠řcatalog╠řpage.