Minor: Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution (18 hours)

The interdisciplinary peace studies and conflict resolution minor addresses the sources of war and oppression, and the challenges of promoting cooperative relationships and social justice on international, domestic, and personal levels.

It examines proposals that introduce more equitable and nonviolent methods to transform unjust, violent, and oppressive situations. It also teaches strategies such as mediation to promote regardless of grievances. Learn more about the classes you will take. The minor requires 18 hours of course work.

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Major educational objectives:

  • Provide an understanding of the connections between conflict and peaceful conditions in the world at interpersonal, organizational, societal, and global levels of human interaction.
  • Create an opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in peace building, peace making, peace keeping, and nonviolent conflict resolution
  • Support the development of analytical skills and systemic thinking as well as personal growth in areas that prepare students for pursuing careers in various fields.

Example careers of Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution minor students include:

  • Citizen and community action organizations
  • Community and labor mediation services
  • Diplomatic and governmental services
  • Environmental action organizations
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Ministry
  • Music, dance, and the visual arts
  • Nursing
  • Peace research and education
  • Personnel management
  • Political science and international relations
  • Psychology and counseling
  • Social work
  • Special education
  • Teaching

The peace studies and conflict resolution minor provides course work from a variety of disciplines including political science, journalism, social work, history, religious studies, education, psychology, counseling, criminal justice, and communication studies.

Ball State University's peace studies minor is compatible with any undergraduate major. To view testimonials from students in this minor, click here!

For more information, contact:

Steve Hall, Curriculum Coordinator
Center for Peace and Conflict Studies
Ball State University
310 N. McKinley Ave.
Phone: 765-285-1622

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