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"Swarthmore College Undergraduate Major or Minor in Peace and Conflict Studies"

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Swarthmore College Peace and Conflict Studies is now a department with a full range of courses for undergraduate studies.

At levels from the interpersonal to the global, the Peace and Conflict Studies Program at Swarthmore College provides opportunities to study conflict and peacemaking in many forms.

The program’s multidisciplinary curriculum examines the causes, practices, and consequences of violence as well as peaceful or nonviolent methods of conflict management, resolution,and transformation. Students explore many factors shaping human conflict, including the psychological,social, cultural, political, economic, biological, religious, and historical.

The Peace and Conflict Studies Program draws courses from a range of social science and humanities departments at Swarthmore and the other campuses of the Tri-College consortium. Students may declare a major or minor in peace and conflict studies.

The Peace and Conflict Studies Program at Swarthmore College provides students with the opportunity to examine conflict in various forms and at levels stretching from the interpersonal to the global. The multidisciplinary curriculum explores the causes, practice, and consequences of collective violence as well as peaceful or nonviolent methods of dealing with conflict.

Students who major or minor in Peace and Conflict Studies at Swarthmore will be able to:

  • understand factors shaping human conflict (including psychological, social, cultural, political,  economic, biological, religious, and historical factors);
  • analyze specific cases of conflict, including interpersonal, intergroup, interstate, and  international disputes;
  • examine theories and models of peacebuilding and reconciliation and evaluate attempts to  conduct, manage, resolve, or transform conflict nonviolently;
  • investigate intersectionality; forms of oppression and injustice; and conflict, locally, globally, in  the United States, and abroad;
  • explore topics relevant to peace and conflict through fieldwork, internships, or other  experiences outside the classroom; and
  • demonstrate the following skills: critical thinking, analysis, research, writing, communication,  and teamwork.

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