Major Requirements

Majors

Beginning with the Class of 2020, a course major in Peace and Conflict Studies will consist of eight credits. Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies (PEAC 015) is required and should be taken in the first or second year, if at all possible. Also, all majors must complete the PEAC Senior Seminar (PEAC 091) in the spring semester of their senior year to fulfill the College’s comprehensive exercise requirement that integrates work in the major. No more than two courses eligible for the Peace and Conflict studies major may overlap with courses in a student’s other major or minors.

All Peace and Conflict studies majors complete at least two courses (in addition to Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies, Senior Seminar, and any PEAC thesis) that are specifically designated as PEAC courses. We encourage students to take courses taught by different faculty members in order to broaden their exposure to the field. Honors majors alone have the option of writing a one- or two-credit thesis..

Normally, the student who applies for a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies will have completed (or be in the process of completing) the introductory course and one other eligible course in Peace and Conflict studies.

Students in the Classes of 2018 and 2019 follow the preexisting requirement of ten credits for a Peace and Conflict studies special major, and are required to complete PEAC 015, as well as a comprehensive exercise consisting of a one-credit thesis.  Special majors may complete a non-thesis comprehensive exercise with the approval of the Peace and Conflict Studies Committee. No more than two courses eligible for the Peace and Conflict Studies special major may overlap with courses in a student’s other major or minors.  

Honors Majors

Beginning with the Class of 2020, honors majors will fulfill the same requirements as course majors but must establish three two-credit honors preparations for external examination at the end of the senior year.  There are four primary opportunities for students to fulfill preparations required of honors majors:

  • a 2-credit honors seminar
  • the combination of two 1-credit courses
  • the combination of a 1-credit course and a 1-credit thesis
  • a 2-credit thesis

Students may interchange these with other PCS-eligible two-credit seminars and course combinations. Honors majors alone have the option of writing a one- or two-credit thesis. Any thesis must be multidisciplinary.

All Honors preparations must be discussed with the Peace and Conflict Studies Coordinator and approved by the Peace and Conflict Studies Committee.

Students in the Classes of 2018 and 2019 follow the preexisting guidelines for special majors in the program and must establish four honors preparations from the possibilities described above. 

Application Process Notes for the Major or the Minor

See the Peace and Conflict Studies Program website for guidelines and forms for applying for a major or minor in Peace and Conflict Studies (http://www.swarthmore.edu/peacestudies).

Students who intend to major or minor in Peace and Conflict Studies should consult with the Program Coordinator, and submit a copy of their Sophomore Plan during the spring of the sophomore year. The Sophomore Plan should present a plan of study that satisfies the requirements, specifies the courses to count toward the major or minor, shares the student’s interest in Peace and Conflict Studies, and identifies how the program complements the student’s academic goals. (The program will assign advisors.) All applications must be approved by the Peace and Conflict Studies Committee.

The Sophomore Plan for students proposing an Honors major or Honors minor in Peace and Conflict Studies should describe the proposed Honors preparation/s in terms of its/their suitability for examination and its/their contribution to the student’s interests in Peace and Conflict Studies. When possible, students should obtain advance approval from faculty members who teach the courses or seminars that are to be included in an Honors preparation. If an honors major student is proposing to write a senior thesis, the student should specify a general thesis topic and a preference regarding thesis advisor. All applications must be approved by the Peace and Conflict Studies Committee.

Juniors or seniors proposing a major or minor in Peace and Conflict Studies should consult with the Program Coordinator and submit a revised Sophomore Plan.

Off-Campus Study

The Peace and Conflict Studies Program faculty enthusiastically support study abroad for majors and minors. A number of study abroad programs that are approved by the Off-Campus Study Office offer appropriate coursework. Students who enroll in PEAC 053: Israeli-Palestinian Conflict may have the opportunity to participate in the course attachment that provides a study tour to Israel/Palestine during the winter break.

 

Majors may count no more than three credits from off-campus, while minors may count no more than two credits from off-campus toward completing their peace and conflict studies major.