Academic Program

Academic Program

The Peace and Conflict Studies Program at Swarthmore College provides students with the opportunity to examine conflict in various forms and at levels stretching from the interpersonal to the global. The multidisciplinary curriculum explores the causes, practice, and consequences of collective violence as well as peaceful or nonviolent methods of dealing with conflict.

Students who minor in peace and conflict studies at Swarthmore will:

  1. Understand factors shaping human conflict, including psychological, social, cultural, political, economic, biological, religious, and historical ones
  2. Analyze specific cases of conflict, including interpersonal, intergroup, international, and interstate disputes
  3. Examine theories and models of peace building and reconciliation and evaluate attempts to manage, resolve, or transform conflict nonviolently
  4. Investigate forms of oppression and injustice and their relationship to conflict, locally and globally
  5. Explore opportunities to study topics relevant to peace and conflict through fieldwork, internships, or other experiences outside the classroom

Students with any major, whether in course or in the Honors Program, may add a course minor in peace and conflict studies. Alternatively, students in the Honors Program may choose an honors minor in peace and conflict studies. Students who intend to minor in peace and conflict studies should submit a copy of their sophomore paper to the chair of the program during the spring of the sophomore year, after consultation with program faculty members. All applications must be approved by the Peace and Conflict Studies Committee.