Requirements for a Major in Peace and Conflict
The major in Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS)
consists of 36 hours of courses, including 6 hours of internship or
Required Peace and Conflict Courses
A PACS major must complete 21 hours of Peace and
Conflict courses. The following courses are required:
PACS/PO 102: Introduction to Peace and Conflict
- PACS/PO 220: Community Mediation
- PACS/PO 322: International Conflict and Peace Building
- PACS: One
theory or methods class in a relevant discipline (consult with PACS
- PACS: One
400-level class or Thesis (consult with PACS advisor)**
- PACS: Internship (6 hrs)
Internship requirements are fulfilled at locations in
Indianapolis such as Exodus Refugee Center, Peace Learning Center,
Kaleidoscope Youth Center, the Julian Center, or through SP 320,
Service Learning in Spanish (up to 3 hrs). Students may also
fulfill this requirement through Washington D.C. Semester
internships, or as a component of study abroad.
*Students may fulfill this requirement with a research methods
or theory class in, for example, political science, sociology,
anthropology, and rhetorical criticism.
**Students can opt to take the PO 490 Senior Seminar as
their capstone course for PACS or another 400-level seminar class
in anthropology or international studies that addresses issues of
conflict, peace and justice.
Students in the major are required to complete 15 hours of Peace
and Conflict Studies Electives at the 300 level or above.
Elective options are listed in the Bulletin and in the schedule
of classes each semester. Relevant courses taken during study
abroad may be counted towards the major with permission of the PACS