All schools & programs > College of Liberal Arts and Sciences > Humanities and Western Civilization Program >

Minor in Peace and Conflict Studies

Visit their website » Print...

Requirements for the Minor

This multidisciplinary program enables students to examine conflict within and between societies as well as ways that humans address conflict through war, mediation, law, diplomacy, institutions, and peaceful resistance. It requires 18 hours of course work and research or experiential learning including 6 hours of core courses.

Foundation Course 3 hours
  • PCS 120 Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies (3)
Core Courses 6 hours

Choose 2 courses from the following for a total of 6 hours:

  • HIST 329/PCS 329 History of War and Peace (3)
  • PCS 550 Classics of Peace Literature (3)
  • POLS 679 International Conflict (3)
  • REL 667 Religious Perspectives on War and Peace (3)
  • SOC 534 Comparative Racial and Ethnic Relations (3)
Elective Courses 6 hours

Choose 2 courses from the following or from the core for a total of 6 hours:

  • ANTH 465 Genocide and Ethnocide (3)
  • ENGL 479 The Literature of: _____ (3)
  • EURS 505 Studies in Exile Literature (3)
  • EURS 565 The Literature of Human Rights (3)
  • HIST 343 The Holocaust in History (3)
  • HIST 369 Colonialism and Revolution in the Third World, Honors (3)
  • HIST 370 Violence and Conflict in Latin American History (3)
  • PCS 555 Topics in Peace and Conflict Studies: _____ (3)
  • PCS 560 Directed Study in Peace and Conflict Studies (3)
  • PCS 565 The Literature of Human Rights (3)
  • PHIL 555 Justice and Economic Systems (3)
  • POLS 650 Palestinians and Israelis (3)
  • POLS 671 International Cooperation (3)
  • POLS 673 International Organization (3)
  • POLS 685 International Law: Laws of Armed Conflict (3)
  • PSYC 572 Psychology and International Conflict (3)
  • REL 669 Human Conflict and Peace (3)
  • SOC 531 Global Social Change (3)
Senior Seminar 3 hours
  • PCS 650 Senior Seminar in Peace and Conflict Studies (3)

Students attend class and carry out substantive research on a peace-related topic to produce a capstone essay or final project.

Only 3 hours can be shared between the minor and any other minor or major. Students may not count more than 9 hours of course work from any one department toward completion of the minor.

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University’s programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785)864-6414, 711 TTY.