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On Campus
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2-3 semesters
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Add to your studies by learning more about what it means to work towards peace.
Established in 2000, the Peace Studies Program at the University Of North Texas is the only program of its kind in the southern and southwestern United States that offers a certificate program, a minor, and the equivalent of a major in Peace Studies.

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Why Earn a Peace Studies Minor?

An interdisciplinary minor in this growing field allows you to adjust your course work to best fit your field of interest. Because Peace Studies courses are offered in Political Science, Anthropology, Communications, Economics, History, and Sociology, a minor in Peace Studies is a perfect supplement to any undergraduate education.

The Peace Studies Program at UNT also offers several scholarships for students who minor in Peace Studies. Upon graduation, there are also a number of different options for Peace Studies graduates to pursue a career in the following areas:

  • employment in a foreign service
  • service in an international organization
  • practicing international and human-rights law
  • employment in a corporation that invests in foreign nations
  • a profession in a non-governmental organization working on human rights violations, substantial economic development, environmental protection and/or conflict resolution

Peace Studies Minor Highlights

The Peace Studies program brings internationally known speakers to campus including both practitioners and scholars and has hosted several peace studies conferences in the USA and overseas.
Peace Studies offer numerous scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students for tuition, travel, internships, and more including the $4,000 Vivian Castleberry Trailblazer scholarship.
Peace Studies provide opportunities for students to gain practical experience in peacebuilding and social justice activities through class work, internships, and study overseas for both the short and long term.
Peace Studies students have interned locally with the Center for Survivors of Torture, the International Rescue Committee, the Innocence Project of Texas, as well as the Landmine Survivors Network (Washington D.C.).
Graduates from UNT's Peace Studies program pursue careers in foreign service, international and human rights law, international business, the Peace Corps, and private organizations promoting Third World development, human rights, environmental protection, and conflict resolution. Most have also gone to graduate school or law school.
Peace Studies support multiple initiatives in Colombia, Northern Ireland, Bosnia Herzegovina, and Northeast India involving research and student involvement in social entrepreneurship, sustainable housing, reconciliation among former enemies, re-integration of former combatants, and language endangerment, and many other initiatives involving post-conflict peacebuilding.

Peace Studies Minor Courses You Could Take

Introduction to Peace Studies (3 hrs)
Origins and extent of violence in human relations, foreign and domestic.
Critical Issues in World Politics (3 hrs)
Examination of major issues in world politics, including potential for war, religious fundamentalism, morality, weapons of mass destruction, and diminishing resources.
International Human Rights (3 hrs)
Consideration of the concept and role of human rights in international affairs.
International Relations (3 hrs)
Analytical survey of current world politics.
American Foreign Policy (3 hrs)
Principles and bases on which American foreign policy rests; machinery and personnel for policy formulation.
International Conflict (3 hrs)
Examines the forces that promote conflict and peace within the international system, including change over time. Students survey the scholarly literature on war to learn what leading research can explain about international conflict.

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