Courses are organized by theme. Many of these classes are not offered each semester. Students are responsible to compare the approved course list with the class catalog to fulfill their major/minor requirements. If students find a suitable course not included on this list please visit with the PCS Academic Advisor for a course exception.
PCS 4800 The Integrative Seminar
Approved in academic year 2014-15, this one-credit upper-division class is a required course for all entering P&CS Minors and Majors. The purpose of the seminar is to create a “brave” space where students can identify and creatively express the skills, knowledge, and values that they have developed during their academic career. The class will be “flipped” so that most class time is devoted to dialogue. In response to materials posted on canvas, students will participate in identifying and facilitating in-class conversations.
The course assignment is an Electronic Portfolio (or e-Portfolio) in which students
create documents that summarize what they learned in their university coursework,
and that demonstrate who they are. Each e-Portfolio is unique, and may include such digitalized artifacts as a resume;
reflections and expressions of learned knowledge, skills, and values; and multi-media
recordings and artwork that represent professional and personal self. Students will
get instructions and assistance in creating their e-portfolios, and students can build
upon existing materials they have already created. This portfolio becomes a working
document that students take with them throughout their professional career, and can
use in applications for graduate programs, grants, and jobs.
This 3-credit course is designed to provide majors with a capstone experience of their
34-credit hour major,
and touch on the seven PCS themes:
- Conflict and Collaboration in Multiple Contexts
- Dialogue and Diversity
- Global Justice
- Human Rights
- Communication Process Skills
- Social Activism
- Global Security
The themes are reviewed and integrated along several lines of synthesis to allow students to make explicit their understandings of how their majors complement the diverse ways peace-work and conflict-resolving projects are being pursued locally and globally.
The objective of this course is to provide the student with an opportunity to write a PCS major paper that synthesizes the student's course work, integrates the student's work in wider local and global initiatives, directs the student's focus forward toward the next steps of career building, and specifies the most important lessons learned while pursuing their major.
Resource materials include all of the student's written work, self-evaluations of their experiential/performance/communication skills work, guest lecturers, Q&A open forums, texts and films.