Peace Studies

In the Peace Studies program, students explore the various meanings of peace, the relationship between peace and conflict and the role of peace on local and international levels. The courses, including “Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies” (PSTD 10) and “Peace Studies Project” (PSTD 190), require students to develop a profound understanding of peace as a concept and as practice. The interdisciplinary Peace Studies program is part of arts and humanities in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.

Related Majors, Minors, and Concentrations

The Peace Studies minor can complement virtually any major, ranging from American studies to public health.  Related majors may include, but are not limited to, anthropology, economics, environmental studies, history, international affairs, journalism, Judaic studies, Middle East studies, political science, philosophy, religion, sociology and women’s studies.

What can I expect to learn in the Peace Studies program at GW?

Students will examine peace as a concept by reading, discussing, and analyzing the work of major historical, literary, philosophical, political and religious thinkers and groups. Students are asked to incorporate the academic study of peace into a practical setting, typically through an internship with an organization relevant to the individual student’s interests.

What is the Peace Studies community like at GW?

We are a diverse community of socially aware students and faculty committed to intellectual and political engagement.

What can I do in the Peace Studies field?

Students can pursue many avenues with a Peace Studies minor, including careers in domestic and international non-governmental organizations, education, government, journalism, law, medicine and social work.