Peace Studies

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Concentration Overview

The Peace Studies Program analyzes ways to transform individual behavior, national policy and human institutions in order to promote more peace and justice in our world. The program promotes discussion and study on issues of conflict and its management, within the lives of individuals, societies, and the world at large.

The Program sponsors research on

  • Community security and positive emotional climates
  • Developing a culture of peace
  • Forgiveness and reconciliation
  • Mediation and citizen action
  • Negotiation and mediation
  • Nonviolent action to defend human rights and promote justice
  • Ways to reduce violence by establishing legitimate authority

The program aids students in securing internships with local, national, and international organizations working for peace and justice, such as Worcester Peace Works.

Undergraduates may concentrate in peace studies to complement any major. The concentration draws together the knowledge of several disciplines in the context of the search for peace, while enhancing students' critical thinking skills and awareness of the connections between local and global issues.

Students with a concentration in peace studies are prepared to enter careers and graduate study in such fields as public policy, international development, labor relations, environment and ecology, and international relations. They are prepared to take an active role in shaping constructive policies in the public sector and civil society.