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.
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
- 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
- Analysis of theories and theoretical models, case studies,
language and value systems, and historical precedents and
- Service learning, practical training in conflict mediation
skills, selected internships and study abroad experiences.