2022-2023 Catalog 
    Nov 28, 2023  
2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

International Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies Concentration, Major

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This concentration examines the forces producing war and violence at the local and the global levels, including disputes between nations, weapons proliferation, international terrorism, economic inequality as well as criminal and domestic violence, civil war, hate crimes and ethnic conflict. analyze domestic and international institutions and social, political, and economic arrangements that promote or undermine peace. Students also consider the role of social movements and revolutionary ideas and learn how ordinary people have changed the course of the world.

The approach of Peace and Conflict Studies is multidisciplinary, drawing on the humanities as well as the social and natural sciences. Students are taught to think critically, to examine and incorporate conflicting perspectives, and to debate broader principles underlying attitudes towards peace and conflict. In short, students learn the tools necessary to become engaged global citizens that can contribute, directly or indirectly, to peace and justice in the world.

Program Learning Outcomes

Please see the International Studies Major 

Major Requirements (48 units)

International Studies Required Core Courses (12 units)

International Studies majors all take three foundational courses. Majors choose one of the five functional concentrations(each with its own requirements) and one of the five regional focus areas (each with its own requirements). Students cannot double-count any course for both a functional concentration and a regional focus. All majors finish with a capstone course.

Peace and Conflict Studies (PCS) Concentration (20 units)

Regional Focus (12 units)

Choose one of the five Regional Focus areas. Note that each has its own requirements.

Middle East Region Focus

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