"If those long-lived, ancient, aggressive patterns of mine that are the wellspring only of unceasing woe, that lead to my own suffering as well as the suffering of others, if these patterns still find their lodging safe within my heart, how can joy and peace in this world ever be found?"
The Way of the Bodhisattva
8th Century India
The Peace & Conflict Studies program is part of a dynamic and broad-ranging collaborative effort at the University of Utah. Currently making available a minor, and a major beginning Fall 2012, it is housed in the College of Humanities, Department of Communication, while also being part of the Barbara L. and Norman C. Tanner Center for Nonviolent Human Rights Advocacy in the College of Social and Behavioral Science.
P&CS enables students to understand the dynamics of peace and conflict and to contribute to the creation of more just and peaceable conditions in the world. Courses focus on conflict theory, war and terrorism, just war theory, the history of peace efforts and non-violent social movements, community-based conflict management and resolution, and human rights.
Our initiative draws upon the support of other colleges as well, including Social Work, Fine Arts, Science, and Law. The number of disciplines represented in the major, minor, and in the graduate certificate is growing each year. P&CS thus embody a cooperative spirit while bringing together many different approaches to the study of conflict resolution, peace studies, and human rights advocacy.