Meet Our Students
Our students are the driving force of our undergraduate program.
In a given year, the program enrolls over 140 undergraduates as supplementary majors and minors, and their diversity of interests, strengths and experiences provides the core spirit that makes the program a meaningful learning community. These majors and minors are joined by many other students, including women from Saint Mary’s College, who engage with the program in other ways, such as taking courses or participating in program events and activities.
Peace studies students come from almost every school and college at Notre Dame and, on average, represent roughly 35+ different majors and departments. The majority have a primary major in the social sciences, arts or humanities but substantial numbers have focused their studies on the natural sciences, engineering or business. This diversity of interests contributes to the interdisciplinary strength of the program and shows the many different pathways that a peace studies education can take at Notre Dame.
Our students are also consistently among the top student-scholars and student-leaders on campus. Multiple peace studies students have served as student body president or vice president, and others have created new campus clubs or led social movements on campus. Some are student-athletes who participate in varsity athletic programs from soccer to fencing, football to volleyball, rowing to baseball. They are frequently successful in earning grants, fellowships and departmental honors.
Peace studies undergraduates have researched refugee integration in Europe, written senior theses on local gang violence prevention efforts, and studied post-conflict policies in Rwanda. From biology majors who aspire to solve pressing challenges in global health caused by conflict and theology majors interested in the role of the Catholic Church in peacebuilding, to political science majors focused on international human rights law and art history majors passionate about cultural diplomacy, our students represent an increasing number of ways to think about peace and justice.
At the same time, however, our students all share a common, unifying quality that brings them together as a learning community: a commitment to studying the principles and strategies that will reduce violent conflict and alleviate human suffering.
To meet with the director of undergraduate studies, contact:
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 K. Van Overberghe
Assistant Director for Academic Administration and Undergraduate Studies