Peace & Conflict Studies

Working to construct a more peaceful future.

In the Peace and Conflict Studies Program, you will learn to understand the nature of conflict and develop problem-solving skills to reduce violence and promote peace.

Analyze and construct a more peaceful future.

The interdisciplinary Peace and Conflict Studies Program seeks to promote a critical understanding of the nature and dynamics of violent conflict and the conditions and practice of peace from the local to the global levels. The program defines violence broadly to include structural, political, economic, cultural and environmental injustice as well as human rights violations and physical harm. It provides a structured program of study for students to better understand the causes of violence and to develop the skills necessary to build peace through everyday practices, nonviolent direct action, activism, conflict resolution, diplomacy, and policy change. Peace and Conflict Studies alumni have pursued careers in policy analysis, government, non-governmental organizations, journalism, teaching, law and business.

Take your studies off-campus

Peace and Conflict Studies students have been able to witness and take part in global peace-building initiatives while studying in Washington, DC, and through Study Abroad in such countries as Ireland, Cameroon, and Guatemala. 

Connect with us

Take part in campus and community activism with Butler’s Social Justice Club. Show your commitment to a better world with our T-shirts, attend national conferences, and celebrate at our spring peace weeks and fall peace festivals.