Catalog
2014-15

Peace Studies

Dr. Thomas Ferguson
Director of the Program

The Peace Studies Program is dedicated to the search for solutions to the problems of war and human injustice. It is an interdisciplinary academic program that examines the following problem/ opportunity areas:

  • Arms Races and Wars

  • Economic, Political, and Social Justice

  • Conflict Creation, Management, and Resolution

  • Nonviolent Philosophies and Strategies of Resistance

  • World Community and World Government

The courses are taught by faculty from the social sciences, the humanities, the physical and life sciences, and the applied sciences. Teaching and research examine “negative” peace—dysfunctional human cultural, social, and economic organization—and “positive” peace—successful human enterprises that result in justice, harmony, and reconciliation. Manhattan College offers Peace Studies as a major or minor field of study leading to the B.A. degree, and as a Certificate program for those who have already earned a bachelor’s degree. Many students interested in Peace Studies pair it with another academic discipline, and complete a double major. Peace Studies is housed in the School of Arts, but is also available as a major or minor for students in the Schools of Science and Engineering, and is possible as a minor for students in the Schools of Education and Business.

The Peace Studies major emphasizes Peace and Justice issues. Majors may also choose to concentrate in the areas of Peace Studies and the Americas and Economic and Environmental Justice. For these concentrations, see the program director.

Requirements

Majors must take 30 credits, including the following:

PEAC 201Introduction to Peace Studies3
PEAC 401Senior Seminar in Peace3
Two of the following Concepts in Peace Studies courses: *6
International Relations
Philosophies of War and Peace
Social Psychology
Religious Dimensions of Peace
RELS 333Non-Violent Revolution3
Social Inequalities
Power and Conflict
Two of the following Past and Present Conflicts courses:*6
Global Issues
Genocide and Racism
US Foreign Relations, 1900 to the Present
US Labor Patterns and Movement
Terror and Terrorism: The Uses of Political Violence
Islam and Politics
Migration, Globalization, and Culture
Contemporary Latin American Development
SOC 220Social Problems3
Field work or internship3
Peace Field Project
Internship
Electives9
Total Credits36
*

Courses should be selected from different departments.

Students may choose to write a senior thesis, for which they should register for PEAC 421 Independent Study and PEAC 422 Independent Studies: Peace. Because intercultural communication is so important to peace, all students are encouraged to develop fluency in a foreign language and to study or work abroad.

A minimum grade of C is required for credit toward the major.

Minor

Minors must take 15 credits, including the following:

PEAC 201Introduction to Peace Studies3
One of the following Concepts in Peace Studies courses:3
Global Issues
Philosophies of War and Peace
Social Psychology
Religious Dimensions of Peace
RELS 333Non-Violent Revolution3
Social Inequalities
Power and Conflict
One of the following Past and Present Conflicts courses:3
Global Issues
Genocide and Racism
US Foreign Relations, 1900 to the Present
Terror and Terrorism: The Uses of Political Violence
Social Problems
6 additional credits chosen in consultation with the Director6
Total Credits18

A minimum grade of C is required for credit toward the minor.

Certificate

For a Certificate in Peace Studies, a student must take 15 credits, including the following:

PEAC 201Introduction to Peace Studies3
One of the following Concepts in Peace Studies courses:3
Global Issues
Philosophies of War and Peace
Social Psychology
RELS 333Non-Violent Revolution3
Religious Dimensions of Peace
Social Inequalities
Power and Conflict
One of the following Past and Present Conflicts courses:3
Global Issues
Genocide and Racism
US Foreign Relations, 1900 to the Present
Terror and Terrorism: The Uses of Political Violence
SOC 220Social Problems3
6 additional credits chosen in consultation wtih the Director6
Total Credits21

 Courses for Peace Studies Majors and Minors

BIOL 223Ecology (Co-requisite: BIOL 220 Lab)3
COMM 340Media Criticism3
COMM 371Intercultural Communication3
ECON 334International Economics3
ECON 412Economic Growth and Development3
ECON 422History of Economic Thought3
ENGL 265Contemporary World Fiction3
ENGL 279Literature and the Environment3
ENGL 345Environmental Literature and Ecocriticism3
ENGL 347Literature and War3
ENGL 348Postcolonial Literature3
GOVT 223Environmental Politics3
GOVT 251Global Issues3
GOVT 332Government and Politics of Central and Eastern Europe3
GOVT 343Government and Politics of the Middle East3
GOVT 344Government and Politics of Caribbean 3
GOVT 345Government and Politics of Latin America3
GOVT 346Government and Politics of Africa3
GOVT 351International Relations3
GOVT 352International Organizations3
GOVT 412Senior Seminar: Women in Politics3
GOVT 420Senior Seminar: Conflict Resolution3
GOVT 426Senior Seminar: The Politics of Race, Ethnicity, and Class in the United States3
GOVT 457Model United Nations I3
GOVT 458Model United Nations II3
GOVT 491Washington Center Course12
GOVT 493Washington Center Semester3
GOVT 494American University Seminar Program0-15
HIST 307Genocide and Racism3
HIST 313Vietnam to the Philippines3
HIST 319The Crusades3
HIST 326Diplomatic History of Europe 1815-19143
HIST 328Cold War Diplomacy in Asia3
HIST 355East Europe in Modern Times3
HIST 357Nazi Germany and the Holocaust3
HIST 362US Foreign Relations, 1900 to the Present3
HIST 383Civil War and Reconstruction3
HIST 390Terror and Terrorism: The Uses of Political Violence3
INTL 201Global Issues Seminar3
MGMT 450Negotiation and Conflict Management3
PHIL 201Ethics3
PHIL 238Philosophies of War and Peace3
PSYC 321Social Psychology3
RELS 205Urban America and Catholic Social Teaching3
RELS 254Catholic Social Teaching3
RELS 336Native American Religions3
RELS 238Theologies of Liberation3
RELS 342Islam and Politics3
RELS 354Buddhism: Its Development and Interpretation3
RELS 355Islam3
RELS 357Religions of China & East Asia3
RELS 358Religions of India3
RELS 361Yoga: Philosophy, Praxis, and Art3
RELS 362Ethics in the Workplace3
RELS 374Women in Western Religion3
RELS 377Religion and Environmentalism3
RELS 381Religious Dimensions of Peace3
RELS 390Sexuality and the Sacred3
RELS 204Religion and Social Justice3
RELS 333Non-Violent Revolution3
SOC 212Migration, Globalization, and Culture3
SOC 220Social Problems3
SOC 302Race and Resistance3
SOC 304Social Inequalities3
SOC 319Practicing Empowerment3
SOC 327Power and Conflict3
SOC 328Societies and Cultures of Latin America3

Courses

PEAC 201. Introduction to Peace Studies. 3 Credits.

An introduction to the nature, scope, and methodology of Peace Studies as well as explore some major contemporary problems which threaten peaceful and just relations between groups, nations or individuals.

PEAC 302. Special Topic. 3 Credits.

Course descriptions will be announced when courses are offered.

PEAC 401. Senior Seminar in Peace. 3 Credits.

An in-depth interdisciplinary analysis of specific research and practical problems. Intended to help the student integrate the various courses he/she has taken in Peace Studies.

PEAC 421. Independent Study. 3 Credits.

Available for the Peace Studies student who wishes to conduct in-depth research on a specific topic in Peace Studies. May be used for the senior thesis.

PEAC 422. Independent Studies: Peace. 3 Credits.

Available for the Peace Studies student who wishes to conduct in-depth research on a specific topic in Peace Studies. May be used for the senior thesis.

PEAC 451. Peace Field Project. 3 Credits.

Practical, off-campus training in conflict resolution, mediation and arbitration, international diplomacy, and social justice projects. Specialized work at the American Arbitration Association, the United Nations, Educators for Social Responsibility, the American Friends Service Committee, Pax Christi, and other organizations involved in peace and social justice activities. International opportunities available.

PEAC 452. Peace Field Project. 3 Credits.

Practical, off-campus training in conflict resolution, mediation and arbitration, international diplomacy, and social justice projects. Specialized work at the American Arbitration Association, the United Nations, Educators for Social Responsibility, the American Friends Service Committee, Pax Christi, and other organizations involved in peace and social justice activities. International opportunities available.

PEAC 475. Internship. 3 Credits.

Students participate in an off-campus training experience closely related to their area of study. Frequent meetings with the internship advisor and a paper are required. Internships are arranged through the Center for Career Development and must be approved in advance by the chair and the Dean of the School of Arts. Open to majors only.

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