Special Major Requirements

Special Majors

Applications for special majors in Peace and Conflict Studies are considered on a case-by-case basis. Students who wish to propose a special major may consult with the program coordinator in the early stages of developing the major. Normally, the student who applies for a special major in Peace and Conflict Studies will have completed (or be in the process of completing) two courses in Peace and Conflict Studies.

Students must complete the “Application for Special Major in Peace and Conflict Studies” form (available on the Peace and Conflict Studies website), respond to the prompts below in writing a Sophomore Plan of Study, and meet with the program coordinator to review the proposed program. Students coming to the special major after sophomore year should update their sophomore plans by responding to the prompts below. A special major in Peace and Conflict Studies consists of ten credits. Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies (PEAC 015) is required and should be taken before the junior year if possible. During the senior year all programs must include a comprehensive exercise that integrates work in the special major. For most course special majors, this will consist of a one-credit thesis. Course students may complete a non-thesis comprehensive exercise with approval of the program committee. For most honors special majors, the comprehensive exercise will consist of a two-credit honors thesis.

Prompts for Sophomore Plan of Study statement:
 - What brought you to the decision to apply
 - The rationale for the curriculum you have proposed
 - Why a special major in peace and conflict studies is necessary to achieve your academic goals
 - How classes associated with peace and conflict studies have prepared you
 - What has prepared you to undertake the rigors of independent study
 - How your special major will impact your life and work after you leave Swarthmore
 - Include the names of two Swarthmore faculty members who can be contacted as references.

Students who intend to pursue a course special major in peace and conflict studies should submit a copy of the “Peace and Conflict Studies Special Major Application” form and their narrative Sophomore Plan of Study to the Peace and Conflict Studies program office, Trotter 107, after consultation with the program coordinator.

Special Honors Majors

Students proposing an honors special major must complete the “Peace and Conflict Studies Special Major Application” form, respond to the prompts below in writing a sophomore plan, complete the “Honors Application” form, and meet with the program coordinator to review the proposed program (forms available on the Peace and Conflict website). Students coming to the honors special major after sophomore year should update their sophomore plans by responding to the prompts below. A special major in Peace and Conflict Studies consists of ten credits. Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies (PEAC 015) is required and should be taken before the junior year if possible. During the senior year all programs must include a comprehensive exercise that integrates work in the special major. For most honors special majors, the comprehensive exercise will consist of a two-credit honors thesis.

Prompts for Sophomore Plan of Study statement:

 - What brought you to the decision to apply
 - The rationale for the curriculum you have proposed
 - Why a special major in peace and conflict studies is necessary to achieve your academic goals
 - How classes associated with peace and conflict studies have prepared you
 - What has prepared you to undertake the rigors of independent study
 - How your special major will impact your life and work after you leave Swarthmore
 - Include the names, email, and phone numbers of two Swarthmore faculty members who can be contacted as references.

In addition, if you are proposing an honors special major, you must also complete the “Honors Application” for an Honors Special Major in Peace and Conflict Studies (this form is available on the Peace and Conflict Studies website) and describe your honors program plans in your narrative Sophomore Plan of Study.

The interdisciplinary honors program consists of four two-credit preparations. In your Sophomore Plan, describe your proposed four preparations and explain why you believe they are appropriate and how they are central to your study of peace and conflict. If any of your preparations involve two one-credit components, then please explain in your Sophomore Plan how the components work together to constitute a cohesive preparation. Students should obtain advance approval from faculty members who teach the courses that are to be included in an honors preparation. If the preparation involves a thesis, the student should specify a thesis topic and a thesis advisor.  Students should consult with the program coordinator and relevant faculty in order to develop an appropriate plan of study.  The “Honors Application” form should be submitted to the programs office, Trotter 107, along with the ““Peace and Conflict Studies Special Major Application” form, and the Sophomore Plan of Study. All Honors applications must be approved by the Peace and Conflict Studies Committee.