Conflict is part of our shared human experience, and commonly exists within our own minds, as well as in our families, institutions, and local and global communities. The P&CS program helps students develop the knowledge, skills, and values that empower them to resolve conflict peacefully.
The Peace and Conflict Studies (P&CS) Program is an interdisciplinary program that deals with conflicts ranging from the interpersonal to the global level. The program enables students to understand the dynamics of peace and conflict and to contribute to the creation of more just and peaceable conditions in the home, the work place, and the world. Students choose from an interdisciplinary menu of courses that explore such topics as 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. Students also take practical courses that challenge them to develop greater self-awareness, communication skills, and dialogue facilitation skills.
The P&CS program encourages students to study peace and conflict both within the self and between people. Students in the major take practicum classes, at local and/or international locations, in which they can have direct experience studying conflict and peace-making efforts. For example, a local project might include work with Utah American Indians, immigrants in Salt Lake City, or refugee populations on the Wasatch Front, whereas international projects might involve visits to Northern Ireland, the Middle East, or South Africa where peace-making efforts are ongoing.
The P&CS major is a potential springboard to a variety of professions; the minor can be used to complement and support studies in a variety of majors and minors, including other interdisciplinary programs in: