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Peace and Conflict Studies Requirements

View the Peace and Conflict Studies Course Catalog

Requirements for the Major

The major consists of 36 hours of courses, including 6 hours of internship or service learning. The following courses (21 hours) are required:

  • PACS/PO102, Introduction to Peace Studies
  • PACS/PO220, Community Mediation
  • PACS/PO322, International Conflict and Peace Building
  • One theory or methods class in a relevant discipline (consult with PACS advisor)*
  • One 400-level class or thesis (consult with PACS advisor)**
  • Internship (6 hours): Internship requirements are fulfilled at locations in Indianapolis, such as Exodus Refugee Center, Peace Learning Center, the Immigrant Welcome Center, Earth Charter Indiana, the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic, or the Julian Center; or through SP320, Service Learning in Spanish (up to 3 hours). Students may also fulfill this requirement through Washington, DC, 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, or rhetorical criticism.

** Students may opt to take the PO490 Senior Seminar as their capstone course or another 400-level seminar class in anthropology or international studies that addresses issues of conflict, peace, and justice.

Fifteen hours of electives are required, at least 12 of which must be taken at the 300 level or above; 3 hours may be taken at the 200 level. Elective options are listed below and in the schedule of classes each semester. Relevant courses taken during study abroad may be counted toward the major with permission of the program director.

Requirements for the Minor

The minor consists of 18 hours of courses, including the following required courses (12 hours):

  • PACS/PO102, Introduction to Peace Studies
  • One of either PACS/PO220, Community Mediation, or PACS/PO322, International Conflict and Peacebuilding
  • Internship (see above, Requirements for the Major, about locations and options, which are equivalent to the major)
  • PACS/PO490, Senior Seminar: Special Topics in Peace Studies (such as Cultures of Peace in Latin America; Youth, Violence, and Peace; War in Iraq)

Six hours of electives are required. Elective options are listed below and in the schedule of classes each semester. Relevant courses taken during study abroad may be counted toward the minor with permission of the program director.


Examples of courses students have taken for elective credit in the past include the following:

  • History and Anthropology
    • AN320, Gender and Sexuality in Globalization
    • AN326, Youth Conflict, Global Cinema
    • AN345, Conflict Resolution through Arts
    • AN368, Coming of Age in the Middle East
    • AN380, Selected Topics: Trespassing: An Anthropology of Our Segmented Lives
    • HST205, Questions in History: The Great War, 1914–1918
    • HST305, Topics in History: The Cinema of War
    • HST305, Topics in History: 1968
    • HST327, History of Human Rights
    • HST335, The Civil War
    • HST338, The Era of Jim and Jane Crow
    • HST353, The American Empire
    • HST395, War and Peace in the Middle Ages
    • HST401, Seminar in History: Radical Histories, Radical Politics
  • Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
    • SP320S, Service Learning in Spanish
  • Philosophy, Religion, and Classics
    • RL354, Islam: Religion, Culture, Society
    • RL363, Religion, Politics, and Conflict in South Asia
    • RL391, RL392, Seminar on Religion and the World
    • PL364, Ethics and International Relations
  • Political Science
    • PO141, Introduction to International Politics
    • PO220, Community Mediation
    • PO230, Activism
    • PO322, International Conflict and Peace Building
    • PO340, The Earth Charter
    • PO350, African Politics
    • PO351, The Politics of Gender and Sexuality in Africa
    • PO355, U.S. Foreign Policy
    • PO356, Israel–Palestine Conflict
    • PO357, Youth and Conflict
    • PO360, Political Regimes in Latin America
    • PO362, Popular Participation in Latin America
    • PO372, Role of Protest in U.S. Politics
    • PO380, Topics in Political Science: Understanding Conflict—Northern Ireland
    • PO380, Topics in Political Science: Environmental Justice
    • PO380, Topics in Political Science: Humanitarianism—Theory, Politics
  • Sociology and Criminology
    • SO321, Crime and Society
    • SO339, Violence, Media, and Culture
    • SO349, Social Movements
    • SO355, International Crime
  • Communications
    • CCM354, Gender and Communication
    • JR417, Global Media
    • JR418, Gender and News: Global Views
    • ORG253, Interpersonal Communication
  • Other
    • FL390, Seminar: Fall of the Wall
    • GWS201/SW232-GWS, Intersections of Identity
    • GWS202/SW223-GWS, Resistance for Social Change
    • IS390, The UN and Other International Organizations
    • IS410, The Global Society
    • ST390, Topics: Environmental Conflict
    • SW240-PO, Gender and Generations: War and Peace
    • TI240-PL, Ethics of War and Peace
    • TI255-PO, The Politics of Alice Walker
    • TI261-STS, Science and Society: Hunger and Obesity
    • TI262S, Self and Service

NOTE: The information found on this website with respect to major/minor/program requirements is primarily directed at providing prospective students a general roadmap of the curriculum. Current Butler students are expected to review their degree audit report at and speak with their advisor regularly for detailed information regarding their specific degree requirements and their progress toward degree completion.