Peace and Conflict Studies

West Chester University

Dr. Dean Johnson, Coordinator
610-436-2754
Anderson Hall, Room 332A
West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383


Research and Action Resources

 

http://www.peacejusticestudies.org/
http://ipra-peace.com/
http://www.peacehistorysociety.org/
http://www.acresolution.org/
http://www.toda.org/
http://www.usip.org/
http://www.conflicttransformation.org/links.asp/
http://www.igc.org/index.html
http://nonviolent-conflict.org/
http://nvdatabase.swarthmore.edu/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Peace and Conflict Studies, an interdisciplinary program at West Chester University, is a curriculum that emerged in the 1950s and 1960s (the oldest program in the country dates to 1948) but which has seen its most rapid growth during the past 20 years. Drawing from a diversity of specialized academic domains, especially the social studies and humanities, Peace and Conflict Studies imparts an understanding of human conflict and how to manage it constructively. Particular attention is given to war, but also to less obvious forms of violence, with a view toward shaping a world where violence of all sorts is much less prevalent.

The intent is to show that conflict can be managed-- not necessarily eliminated--without violence. What peace and conflict studies aims for is a world in which "positive peace" prevails (a world of justice), not just the negative peace of warlessness. But war's continuing reality mandates that this crucial issue be given careful attention.

It should be noted that this program is an 18-credit academic minor only, not a major, and does not lead to a bachelor's or master's degree. Transcript recognition will be given.

Career Opportunities:

By minoring in peace and conflict studies, you will become better informed about important social, political, and personal issues. You will learn something about conflict management that will benefit you no matter which career path you choose. You will have a sense of how different disciplines in which you have taken courses relate to one another.

Beyond this, since conflict is a "growth industry," you will be better prepared for careers in government (e.g., in mediation or arbitration work) or nongovernment (NGO) work. The latter includes internships and jobs with "cause" organizations such as Peace Brigades International and Union of Concerned Scientists, whether in administration, fund raising, public education, or organizing.

Additionally, there are positions in the field of education (teaching, training, and consulting), opinion and attitude research, and other professions such as the ministry, social work, and politics. You may find yourself drawn to a career in an organization that promotes peace and justice locally and/or globally. Peace and conflict studies will help prepare you for self-employment as a consultant, writer, or public relations consultant, or for a supervisory or management role in any field where effective communication, negotiation or group problem-solving are key.

For More Information:

Dr. Joan Woolfrey, Coordinator
Peace and Conflict Studies
610-436-2841
jwoolfrey@wcupa.edu
Anderson Hall Room 108C
West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383