Courses

Kroc Institute faculty use a variety of approaches in the classroom that encourage student learning and promote rigorous analysis of interdisciplinary perspectives on peace and conflict. 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.

To learn more, view our Course Trailer Videos for a quick look at some of our most popular courses, or explore our Fall 2019 Courses page for more complete descriptions.

Courses in the undergraduate program 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, with the aim of developing more comprehensive understandings of particular areas of interest.

For more information on how these different courses apply within the curriculum, read more about our Supplementary Major or Minor in Peace Studies.