Ph.D. Requirements

Phd Requirements

Each of the six partner departments (anthropology, history, political science, psychology, sociology, theology) has specific requirements for earning a dual Ph.D., while the requirements in peace studies are similar for all doctoral students. Doctoral students typically:

  • meet course requirements and pass a comprehensive exam in one partner department as well as in peace studies
  • take a minimum of 6 required peace studies courses taught by Kroc Institute faculty as well as departmental courses with significant content relevant to peace studies
  • study core peace studies literature and research design
  • submit a peace studies article to a scholarly journal to be considered for publication
  • submit at least one proposal to an external funding agency for doctoral research
  • complete a teaching assistantship in "Introduction to Peace Studies"
  • complete one or more research or teaching assistantships with Kroc Institute faculty engaged in scholarship related to the Institute's research themes, and
  • conduct dissertation research and writing under the guidance of Kroc faculty and fellows

Foundational peace studies courses for the Ph.D. include:

  • International Peace Research: Origins, Methodologies, Results
  • Two electives in peace studies
  • Practice and Theory in Peacebuilding
  • Methods in Peace Research
  • Strategic Peacebuilding: Organizing the Field

Sample electives include (subject to change)

  • Communal and Transnational Conflict Resolution
  • Women's Human Rights
  • Universal Protection of Human Rights
  • Theories of Civil War and Civil Conflict
  • Trauma and Peacebuilding
  • Social Movements in Global Perspective
  • Politics of Reconciliation
  • Peacebuilding and Public Policy
  • Nonviolent Social Change
  • Modern Genocide
  • Islam and Muslim-Christian Dialogue
  • International Political Economy
  • Globalization and Multinational Corporate Responsibility
  • Gender, Conflict, and Peace Studies
  • Gender and Human Development
  • Ethics, Law, and International Conflict

For information on departmental offerings, see the websites for the departments of anthropology, history, political science, psychology, sociology, or theology.

PRES (Peace Research and Education Seminar)

All Ph.D. students and Kroc faculty members attend this monthly seminar, during which a visiting scholar, faculty member or graduate student presents and receives feedback on research in progress. Ph.D. students often serve as formal discussants and are active participants in these multidisciplinary conversations.

Recent PRES seminar topics include:

  • "Transnational Feminist Praxis in the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom in the Aftermath of the Second World War"
  • "This is Our Law! Child Rights and Power in Northern Sierra Leone"
  • "The Challenges of Quality Peace: Reflections on Peter Wallensteen's Recent Book"
  • "Following Sister Cecilia in Pabbo: Anthropological Theology as Apprenticeship to the Other"
  • "Armed with Good Intentions: Explaining Arms Embargo Compliance"
  • "Defining Good Governance and Its Relation to Prevention of Armed Conflict"
  • "Gender Roles Amidst Political, Social, Economic, and Religious Change: Bangladesh and Senegal as Cases"
  • “Daily Interactions, Indignity, and the Locus of Conflict in Refugee Camps: A View from Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya”
  • "Practicing Conversation: Feminist Research with Women Activists on the Israeli and Palestinian Religious Right."
  • “Systematic Peace: CPA Implementation and Long-Term Conflict Reduction”
  • “Drawing on Beauty: Aesthetics, Authority and International Law"
  • “Interpreting Islam: US Relations with Iraq and Indonesia, 1956-1968”