Peace and Conflict Studies

Course Information

Program Overview

The field of peace and conflict resolution studies has been in existence for almost forty years. During the past fifteen years, however, and especially in the years since September 11, interest in the discipline of peace studies has grown substantially across the country. Assumption's commitment to peace studies in rooted in its mission as a Catholic college, which, in the words of the mission statement, "strives to form graduates known for critical intelligence, thoughtful citizenship, and compassionate service."

Peace studies at Assumption College dates back almost two decades, spearheaded by the work of emeritus professor Michael True, an internationally acknowledged scholar in this field. Building upon this early tradition, the Minor in Peace and Conflict Studies (PCS) at Assumption draws upon multiple disciplines to investigate the factors that inhibit and promote peace in a variety of areas: the family, the community, the nation, between nations. It includes study of armed conflict between states, of struggles to achieve human rights and justice, of economic factors that enhance peace, of environmental initiatives that enhance not only peace on earth but peace with the earth.

Students who minor in PCS will test models of peace building, negotiation, diplomacy, conflict resolution, transformation, and reconciliation. In summary, the Minor in Peace and Conflict Studies explores the causes, justifications, practices, and consequences of conflicts as a context for considering strategies for peaceful, non-violent courses of action.