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Peace & Conflict Studies

Department of Peace and Conflict Studies

Department Overview

At levels from the interpersonal to the global, the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies at Swarthmore College provides opportunities to study conflict and peacemaking in many forms.

The Department's multidisciplinary curriculum examines the causes, practices, and consequences of violence as well as peaceful or nonviolent methods of conflict management, resolution, and transformation. Students explore many factors shaping human conflict, including the psychological, social, cultural, political, economic, biological, religious, and historical.

The Department of Peace and Conflict Studies draws courses from a range of social science and humanities departments at Swarthmore and the other campuses of the Tri-College consortium. Students may declare a major or minor in peace and conflict studies.


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Check out the Peace and Conflict Studies Blog for news, announcements, and events.
Learn more about the kinds of work our students are involved in before and after graduation.

Partners in Peacebuilding

Learn more about the Delaware County Homicide Database, an online dashboard and interactive map, developed by students, staff and faculty and launched in Fall 2021.

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Global Nonviolent Action Database

The Global Nonviolent Action Database is an online electronic database of hundreds of nonviolent action campaigns.


The Peace Collection and the Friends Historical Library

The Swarthmore College Peace Collection offers a rich collection of primary & secondary materials related to peace organizations, nonviolence, disarmament, and conflict resolution.

The Friends Historical Library documents the history and concerns of the Society of Friends (Quakers) from the 17th century to the present.

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The Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility

The Peace and Conflict Studies encourages its students to “explore topics relevant to peace and conflict through fieldwork, internships, or other experiences outside the classroom.” Consequently, our program values our partnership with the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility and its work to advance engaged learning and research.

The Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility supports Swarthmore faculty, staff, and students as they engage with “surrounding communities both locally and globally, for mutual benefit and reciprocally enriching relationships.”

Peace and Conflict Studies often holds classes in the Lang Center and co-sponsors a variety of events.  Stay tuned and follow our blog and social media feeds (@thelangcenter and @swarthmorepeace) for more news!

Delaware County Homicide Database

Explore the Delaware County Homicide Database, a tool created by students, staff, and faculty via our program's “Gun Violence Prevention” class, to help community members, advocates, and policymakers learn more about gun-related and other homicides in Delaware County, Pennsylvania.

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