The Peace and Conflict Studies Program seeks to promote a critical understanding of the nature and dynamics of conflict, violence and the conditions and practice of peace. It provides a structured program of study for students who wish to make issues of violence and conflict (interper­sonal, intergroup, and interstate), social justice, human rights, ecological integrity, and peace at multiple levels more central to their university education. Contemporary peace studies is an arena of interdisciplinary research, study, dialogue, reflection and action which is supported by a broad disciplinary base draw­ing on all of the social sciences and courses in the arts and humanities, sciences, education and business. Through multi- and interdisciplinary study and practice, students in Peace Studies prepare for graduate study and a wide variety of careers in policy analysis, government, non-governmental organizations, journalism, teaching, law and business.

Peace Pole

On Friday, September 20, 2013, Butler University unveiled a Peace Pole on campus.  For more information, read the following article.

Student Learning Objectives

  • To acquire a complex understanding of the nature and origins of violence, its dynamics and different manifestations and modes of expression. 
  • To better understand why conflict occurs, when and how conflicts become violent, and constructive methods of approaching and processing distinct types of conflicts that occur along a continuum from interpersonal to global settings. 
  • To critically evaluate and devise strategies for peace through reflection on ethical, religious, philosophical and cultural approaches to peace, the work of leading thinkers and activists in the field, and public policy.
  • To develop knowledge, analytical skills and practical training through: 
    • Analysis of theories and theoretical models, case studies, language and value systems, and historical precedents and trends. 
    • Service learning, practical training in conflict mediation skills, selected internships and study abroad experiences.

Why Peace and Conflict Studies at Butler?


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Peace and Conflict Studies

4600 Sunset Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46208
(317) 940-9571
Director: Dr. Craig Auchter
Administrative Assistant: Holly W. Zimbelman