2011-2012 Academic Catalog 
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2011-2012 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Peace Studies Concentration

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Undergraduate Concentration

The Peace Studies program is concerned with analyzing alternative ways that may be used to transform individual behavior, national policy and human institutions in order to promote peace and justice in the world. The program promotes discussion and study on issues of conflict and its management, within the lives of individuals, societies and the world at large. It sponsors research on meditation, mediation, negotiation and ways to reduce violence, build diverse communities and use nonviolent action to defend human rights and promote justice.

Undergraduates may concentrate in peace studies to complement any major. Students may also design a major in peace studies via the University’s self-designed major. The concentration draws together the knowledge of several disciplines in the context of the search for peace, while enhancing students’ critical-thinking skills and awareness of the connections between local and global issues. Departments and programs represented in peace studies include government, history, international development and social change, philosophy, psychology and sociology.

Course work, research and internships enable students to apply their theoretical understanding of the issues of peace to practical situations. The concentrator will develop an active understanding of the relationship between the three spheres of peace: personal, societal and global. These are interlocked, each influencing the others in cyclical patterns. Conflicts often involve links between the hearts of individuals, the structures of societies, and global competition and cooperation. Hence, the concentrator should be engaged in understanding how personal development and societal and global structure can transform conflicts. Students who complete a concentration in peace studies are prepared to enter careers and graduate study in such fields as public policy, international development, labor relations, environment and ecology, and international relations. They are prepared to take an active role in shaping constructive policies in the public sector and civil society.

The Peace Studies Office provides information on internships, jobs and careers; a library; and a computer link to international conferences and bulletin boards.

Affiliate Faculty

George Lane, M.A.


Program Requirements

The peace studies concentration requires six courses. Students take PSTD 101 - Introduction to Peace Studies  and the Psychology of Peace, and at least one course from each of three clusters of courses dealing with issues of negotiation and political influence, nonviolent action, and strength and conflict. Students select a fifth course from any of the three clusters. Finally, the sixth course, which involves at least one of the skills of peacemaking and enables the student to examine personal transformation, is chosen from those listed under the category “Internships, Directed Readings, Research and Capstone Courses.” (At least two courses should be at the 200 level; two may be from the student’s major.)


The following is a list of Clark’s peace-studies offerings. Students may petition the Peace Studies Committee to receive concentration credit for courses other than those listed below, including courses that are available through the Colleges of Worcester Consortium. More information may be obtained from the Peace Studies Office, 201 Jonas Clark, (508) 793-7663.

Nonviolent Action Courses

Negotiation and Political Influence Courses

Strength and Conflict Courses

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