“Peacebuilding” is the creation and nurturing of constructive relationships across ethnic, religious, class, and racial boundaries. Peacebuilders seek to resolve social inequities and transform structural conditions that generate deadly conflict. This work spans the entire conflict cycle and includes conflict prevention, conflict management, conflict resolution and transformation, and post-conflict reconciliation. – from their website
Peacebuilding becomes strategic when it works over the long run and at all levels of society to establish and sustain relationships among people locally and globally. Strategic peacebuilding connects people and groups “on the ground” (community and religious groups, grassroots organizations, etc.) with policymakers and powerbrokers (governments, the United Nations, corporations, banks, etc.) It aims not only to resolve conflicts, but to build societies, institutions, policies, and relationships that are better able to sustain peace and justice.
Undergraduate Program in Peace Studies
The study of peace requires engaging in deep thinking about some of the most urgent problems we face as global citizens in our contemporary world.
How do we identify the invisible everyday inequalities that cause suffering, and how do we use nonviolence to change them? How do we recognize a civil war when we see one, and what strategies work best to resolve the conflict? What effect does violence have on individuals, and how can we use this knowledge to improve life in communities affected by violence?
For over three decades, the Undergraduate Program in Peace Studies at Notre Dame has provided students with the means to explore these and other questions of peace, violence and justice. Students can enroll in courses that nurture their knowledge of peace studies theories and practices, complete an interdisciplinary curriculum that builds the skills needed to understand conflict and promote peace, and participate in an annual student conference that brings together students from around the country to exchange ideas.
We invite students from every major at Notre Dame to join our faculty, staff and students in the study of peace and the creation of a better world.
Master of Global Affairs, International Peace Studies Program
Now more than ever, the world needs skilled peacebuilders who understand global and local dynamics and who take strategic action for peace and justice. Come study strategic peacebuilding at one of the world’s leading centers for the study of violent conflict and strategies for sustainable peace.
The Kroc Institute administers the International Peace Studies (IPS) concentration of the Master of Global Affairs (MGA), a program of the Keough School of Global Affairs.
The IPS curriculum is rigorously interdisciplinary and pushes students to move beyond simplistic solutions to violence and toward conflict transformation in complex and dynamic environments.
The IPS concentration builds on the Kroc Master’s Degree in International Peace Studies. Over its 30-year history, the program equipped over 1,700 students to serve around the world in the public, private and nonprofit sectors, including government agencies, multinational organizations, international research and policy centers, and local, regional, and global nongovernmental organizations.
Following a year of coursework on campus, participants in the IPS concentration will spend six months working with leading organizations in Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, or the United States, strengthening their professional skills through reflective practice. Students return to campus for their final semester to complete an integrative master’s capstone project.
Thanks to the generosity of Mrs. Joan B. Kroc, the Kroc Institute offers all students who are accepted into the master’s program a full scholarship and stipend for housing and living expenses. View admissions requirements here >>>
The MGA program integrates rigorous coursework; close engagement with policymakers and practitioners; multi-disciplinary faculty and students from around the world; and extended field work with global and local partner organizations. MGA students can also pursue concentrations in Sustainable Development or Governance and Policy.
Ph.D. in Peace Studies
The Ph.D. program at the Kroc Institute empowers students to become outstanding scholars and teachers who contribute to a growing body of peacebuilding knowledge and practice with the goal of addressing violence and alleviating human suffering.
Peace studies Ph.D. students choose a partner discipline for research and course work: anthropology, history, political science, psychology, sociology, or theology. The peace studies curriculum is integrated with these traditional disciplines in the humanities and social sciences to create a unique framework of study for each student. Students also have access to extensive research opportunities at the Institute and across Notre Dame.
Upon graduation, students are fully trained and equipped for a wide variety of scholarly, teaching, and professional careers, including:
- Interdisciplinary academic positions;
- Positions requiring expertise in the peace and conflict subfields of anthropology, history, political science, psychology, sociology, or theology; and
- Scholar-practitioner roles in intergovernmental, governmental, or nongovernmental organizations.
All admitted students receive a full tuition scholarship, generous stipend (Cost-of-living in South Bend), health insurance, and additional funding for conference travel and research activities.
Current Notre Dame graduate students pursuing a terminal master’s or doctoral degree are invited to complete a Graduate Minor in Peace Studies.