Beyond the Classroom

Beyond The Classroom 2Undergrad student Shannon Bugos in Ireland (Photo: Nanovic Institute)

Peace studies values the connection between theory and practice, and a strong peace studies education does not limit learning to courses and seminars alone.  The Undergraduate Program in Peace Studies encourages students to extend their study of peace beyond the classroom and into other aspects of their undergraduate experience through a variety of extra- and co-curricular learning opportunities.

Students can choose from clubs and student organizations that address nuclear disarmament, principled nonviolence, human rights, advocacy for marginalized groups, and other issues related to peace studies.  The Center for Social Concerns offers options for on-going service and advocacy in the local community as well programs for summer service learning around the world.  Other institutes within the Keough School offer summer internship funding or exploratory fellowships that students can use to begin gaining experience in the field. The Office of International Studies offers summer- and semester-long study abroad programs that provide international experience, including several with a direct focus on peace studies themes.

Students can also engage in research activity related to peace studies in many different ways.  We encourage students to participate in the annual Notre Dame Student Peace Conference, an academic conference organized by peace studies students, by choosing to join the conference planning committee or submitting proposals to present their own research. Peace Studies students should also consider applying for a Kellogg/Kroc Undergraduate Research Grant, which provides funding for students to conduct independent summer research on topics related to peace studies.  Faculty also offer occasional opportunities to work as research assistants on peace studies projects within the Kroc Institute.

Finally, the Kroc Institute holds regular lectures and events each semester featuring prominent scholars, practitioners and policymakers. Students are welcome to attend and participate in these public events and discussions. We especially encourage students to attend the Kroc Institute’s two signature annual lecture events, the Dialogues on Nonviolence, Religion and Peace (fall semester) and the Hesburgh Lecture in Ethics and Public Policy (spring semester). Students also have the chance each year to interact with alumni of the Kroc Institute, including the annual recipient of the Kroc Institute’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

Students wishing to stay up-to-date on Kroc Institute events and options for exploring peace studies outside of the classroom can contact us to join the undergraduate email list.