Beyond the Classroom
Peace studies values the connection between theory and practice, and 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 the Kroc Institute offers several co-curricular and extracurricular opportunities that students can pursue in order to deepen their understanding of peace studies and peacebuilding.
Students can explore interreligious dialogue through week-long immersions in Qatar or Nepal with the Kroc Institute's Madrasa Discourses project or conduct independent summer research on a peace studies topic through the Kellogg/Kroc Undergraduate Research Grant.
The Kroc Institute also co-sponsors a summer internship at the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) in Geneva for students interested in nuclear disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation.
In addition, each spring the Undergraduate Program in Peace Studies hosts the annual Notre Dame Student Peace Conference, an academic conference for peace studies students interested in sharing their research or experience. Students are encouraged to join the planning committee, to submit a proposal to present their own research, or to register and attend the free conference sessions.
Students will find a large number of additional options across the university. They should consider a semester of study abroad in a location relevant for understanding peace and conflict, and they should explore opportunities for joining their peers in student groups that work on issues related to peace and justice.
Students are also invited to attend any of the public events and lectures hosted by the Kroc Institute throughout the academic year.
To meet with the director of undergraduate studies, email:
Associate Professor of Political Science and Peace Studies
Director of Undergraduate Studies
To learn more about the program or declare a major or minor in peace studies, email:
Anna Van Overberghe
Assistant Director for Academic Administration and Undergraduate Studies