Hughes Classroom

Our undergraduate courses range from mid-sized lectures with discussion to intensive small-group seminars and cover an extensive array of topics related to the causes of violence, war, and oppression and the efficacy of various peacebuilding responses. Visit our Spring 2024 Courses page to read descriptions of our current courses.

Faculty use a variety of approaches that encourage student learning and promote rigorous analysis of interdisciplinary perspectives. To learn more, explore our Course Trailer Videos and hear directly from some of our faculty about their courses.

Within the Supplementary Major or Minor, courses are divided into three categories.

Required Courses introduce the foundational theories and practices of peacebuilding, develop conceptual knowledge of strategic peacebuilding as a framework for sustaining peace, and examine how our ethical commitments inform our approaches.

Core Electives are grounded in peace studies research and address core thematic areas with more focus in order to build specific skills or deepen knowledge of specific foundational areas within the field.

Support Electives provide added theoretical or practical knowledge on topics that intersect with peace studies to support and develop more comprehensive understandings of particular areas of interest.