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War and Peace Studies

War and Peace Studies

Black Lives Matter and Global Racial Justice Initiative

In line with our mission to educate globally engaged citizens and contribute to peace and justice in the world, the Center for International Studies (CIS) announces its “Black Lives Matter and Global Racial Justice” initiative, an integrative and evolving commitment to addressing racism and its many manifestations in the U.S. and abroad.

Our position paper, “Black Lives Matter: Center for International Studies’ Position on Social Justice and Equity,” which inaugurates the initiative, is both a statement of principles and an action plan. It prompts us to consider and respond to fundamental structures, practices, and sensibilities that inform racism, racial discrimination, and other forms of racial inequity, which range from the subtle to the stark.

To launch our initiative, CIS warmly invites you to join us for a roundtable discussion on the position paper, racism and anti-racism, Black Lives Matter and its domestic and global implications, and academic avenues for change on Monday, Nov. 9 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. via Microsoft Teams.

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Applications are now open for Ohio University’s Center for International Studies MA program in War & Peace Studies!

This unique, 1 year residential MA program at the Athens campus is designed to prepare students interested in careers in international affairs related to the complex dynamics of peace, conflict, and violence. As the only interdisciplinary MA program in Ohio that emphasizes both conflict and peacebuilding dynamics, students can expect to graduate with 21 st century skills directed at solving some of the most challenging issues of our time.

Program Curriculum

This 30 credit program is designed to be completed with 2 consecutive semesters in residence on our beautiful Athens campus. The requirement are:

  • INST 6500, Research in War & Peace (4 credits, fall term only)
  • 4 credits of methodology in war and peace research
  • 4 credits of area studies courses on a specific world region
  • 16 credits of war and peace electives (choose from over 40 courses across 10 departments)
  • INST 5701 and 5702 (1 credit each), professional development in international studies
  • A comprehensive exam designed by the War & Peace affiliated faculty

Admission Requirements

This program seeks qualified applicants interested in professional careers or further study in the fields on international conflict and peacebuilding. For unconditional admission, prospective students will require;

  • A 4 year BA degree (or international equivalent) in a related field and a 3.0 GPA (official transcripts)
  • A resume
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A statement of purpose describing the student’s academic interests and career plans (approximately 500 words).
  • TOEFL of 80+ for non-native English speakers

This program does not require the GRE for admission.

How to Apply?

Please contact the program director, Dr. Matthew LeRiche