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 and should identify a sponsoring faculty member in the early stages of developing the major.

You must complete the special majors form available from the Registrar's Office, and submit it to the Programs Office along with an updated sophomore plan that explains in detail:

  • 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 unique 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.

If you are proposing an honors special major, please fill out the form for the Honors Program in Peace and Conflict Studies [PDF]. The form requires that you describe your proposed preparation and explain why you believe it is appropriate and how it is central to your study of peace and conflict. If your preparation involves two one-credit components, explain how the components work together to constitute a cohesive preparation.