Undergraduate Program in Peace Studies

The study of peace requires engaging in deep thinking about some of the most urgent problems we face as global citizens in our contemporary world.

How do we identify the invisible everyday inequalities that cause suffering, and how do we use nonviolence to change them? How do we recognize a civil war when we see one, and what strategies work best to resolve the conflict? What effect does violence have on individuals, and how can we use this knowledge to improve life in communities affected by violence?

For over three decades, the Undergraduate Program in Peace Studies at Notre Dame has provided students with the means to explore these and other questions of peace, violence and justice. Students can enroll in courses that nurture their knowledge of peace studies theories and practices, complete an interdisciplinary curriculum that builds the skills needed to understand conflict and promote peace, and participate in an annual student conference that brings together students from around the country to exchange ideas.

We invite students from every major at Notre Dame to join our faculty, staff and students in the study of peace and the creation of a better world.

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Congratulations, Peace Studies Class of 2022

The Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies celebrates the graduation of 18 undergraduate seniors who completed either a supplementary major or minor in peace studies, 5 undergraduate students who completed the supplementary major in global affairs with a concentration in international peace studies, 4 Kroc Scholars who completed the master...

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Congratulations, Peace Studies Class of 2022

Peace Studies senior wins Political Science essay award

Dinah Lawan, a Balfour scholar and a graduating University of Notre Dame senior majoring in political science with a minor in peace studies, was awarded the 2022 Gary F. Barnabo Political Science Writing Prize by the Notre Dame Department of Political Science. Each year, this award recognizes the best paper...

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Peace Studies senior wins Political Science essay award

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To meet with the director of undergraduate studies, contact:

Laura Miller-Graff
Associate Professor of Psychology and Peace Studies
Director of Undergraduate Studies

To learn more about the program or declare a major or minor in peace studies, email:

Anna K. Van Overberghe
Assistant Director for Academic Administration and Undergraduate Studies

To learn more about peace studies from a current student:

Duncan Donahue
Undergraduate Program Student Ambassador
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