Undergraduate Program

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.

Program News

An Interview with the 2021 Peace Conference Planning Committee

The Notre Dame Student Peace Conference, endowed by Joan B. Kroc and sponsored by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, is an annual gathering organized by students and for students. Its mission is to provide space for graduate and undergraduate students from all colleges and universities to dialogue about...

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An Interview with the 2021 Peace Conference Planning Committee

Peace Studies Student Elected Notre Dame Student Body Vice President

Notre Dame junior Matthew Bisner has been elected undergraduate student body vice president for the 2021-22 academic year. Bisner and his running mate, Allan Njomo, won with 51.18% of the votes in an election that saw the highest student voter turnout in three years, according to The Observer, Notre Dame’s...

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Peace Studies Student Elected Notre Dame Student Body Vice President

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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