College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Peace and Conflict Studies

Major | Interdisciplinary | Minor | Three Year

| Bachelor of Arts

In this program, you will learn the nature and dynamics of violent conflict and the conditions and practice of peace, from the local to the global level. You will explore the causes of violence—including structural, political, economic, cultural, and environmental injustices, human rights violations, and physical harm—and you’ll develop the skills necessary to build peace through everyday practices, nonviolent direct action, activism, conflict resolution, diplomacy, and policy change. This major includes a strong core of Political Science courses, supported by offerings in Anthropology, English, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, History, Journalism, Organizational Communication and Leadership, Philosophy, Religion, Sociology, and Spanish.

Sample courses in this program include:

  • PACS/PO102, Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies
  • PACS/PO220, Community Mediation
  • PO230, Activism
  • PACS/PO322, International Conflict and Peace Building
  • AN 315, Gender and ColonialismAN326, Youth Conflict, Global Cinema
  • El 325, Social Entrepreneurship

Please visit the Butler University Bulletin for more course information.

The Peace and Conflict Studies major can be completed in a total of three years, which includes completing coursework during both summer terms. More information can be found here.

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Foster an ambitious spirit. Cultivate a career.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) attracts the kinds of students who are never satisfied with the status quo. Our quest for knowledge is both timeless and modern. 

We immerse students in the oldest teachings, but also the latest learnings in culture and language, science and technology, psychology and philosophy. In all disciplines, we incorporate research, encouraging students to question everything and meticulously test new theories. Communication is emphasized, teaching students to negotiate, debate, and effectively disseminate information. 

LAS students are committed to being thoughtful practitioners of whatever field they choose, resulting in graduates who are engaged in their careers, active in their communities, and continually learning and leading.