Peace and Conflict Studies
Address: 210 McIver Building
Web site: pacs.uncg.edu
- Peace and Conflict Studies Major (BA) U560
- Peace and Conflict Studies Online Major (BA) U562
About the Major
The Peace and Conflict Studies program takes a dynamic and interdisciplinary approach to the study of peace and the practice of conflict management, resolution, and transformation. Undergraduates in this field of study will gain an understanding of peace science and peace scholarship while actively engaged in their communities proactively transforming conflict. The program also addresses building peaceful and just social systems, communities, and societies by educating students and engaging with policymakers and the broader community in creating the context for positive conflict transformation.
What's Unique about Peace and Conflict Studies at UNCG?
Students will combine their unique life experience and classroom-based learning to apply it to supervised field settings. Sample field experience activities include:
- Experiencing mediation, training, or other practice activities
- Preparation and planning for a training or group facilitation in the practicum course
- Face-to-face training or teaching in a classroom, workshop, or practicum setting
- On-site practicum activities related to programs operations and services—e.g., community organizations, justice or juvenile justice systems, political contexts, or organizations locally, nationally, or internationally
- Presentation of a paper at a national or regional conference
Outreach, involvement, and service are at the core of the program’s curriculum, research, scholarship, and professional practice. These opportunities provide sites for using knowledge, skills, values, and motivation from the academic program to make a difference in communities locally and abroad. One example is Landlord- Tenant Dispute Program offered collaboratively with the City of Greensboro.
The Center for New North Carolinians (CNNC) is a collaboration in scholarship and community engagement. Visit the CNNC website for more information: cnnc.uncg.edu.
The department focuses on internationalization, consistent with UNCG’s mission. Students in the program have the opportunity to study abroad and gain global experiences that are then incorporated into class readings, discussions, and projects. Community engagement is fostered here in Guilford County and around the globe. Students have the opportunity to study abroad in many countries, including Germany (University of Konstanz), Northern Ireland/United Kingdom (University of Ulster), Sweden (Linnaeus University and Malmo University), South Africa (University of Stellenbosch), Australia (University of Western Sydney and Australian Catholic University), and Denmark (University of Copenhagen).
Through high-quality, professional education in conflict transformation and peace building, students will gain a systematic perspective on the challenges facing individuals, families, organizations, communities, and social and political systems – locally and globally. Students will learn peace-building, development, and conflict-transformation skills and knowledge as applied in multiple settings. UNCG also partners with Transcend USA, whose mission is to bring about a more peaceful world by offering education/ training and research to transform conflicts nonviolently.
Conflict professionals can be found in any discipline or line of work because everyone can benefit from peaceful conflict transformation and collaborative problem solving. Career options include the following:
- Community building/ organizing/ development
- Trainer/ facilitator
- Mediator/ negotiator
- Humanitarian action
- Educator: K-12 and higher education
- Restorative justice, trauma, and healing
- Legal/ criminal justice/ juvenile justice
- Diplomat/ peace builder
- Social change
- Law enforcement
- Medical/ health care
Sites of Employment
- Governmental/ public
- Organizational – businesses and corporations
- Private and private non profits
- NGOs (non governmental organizations)
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