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Butler University Bulletin

Peace and Conflict Studies


Margaret Brabant, PhD, Program Director

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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 that 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, nongovernmental organizations, journalism, teaching, law, and business.

Peace and Conflict Studies Student Learning Outcomes

  • Acquire a complex understanding of the nature and origins of violence, its dynamics, and different manifestations and modes of expression
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

Degree Programs

  • Peace and Conflict Studies (BA)
  • Minor in Peace and Conflict Studies