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International Studies - War and Peace

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The International Studies–War and Peace major allows students to explore the field of security studies from an interdisciplinary perspective. There has been a recent and dramatic spike in the demand for graduates in security studies. The creation of the Department of Homeland Security, new emphases on improved intelligence analysis and risk assessments, border control, immigration, heightened proliferation threats around the globe, increased attention and hiring in the areas of counterterrorism and counterinsurgency, as well as reconstruction and development culminate in demand for students well trained in war and peace studies. The job market is competitive and every career demands a substantive understanding of global dynamics today. In our program, we introduce our students to the fields of peace and security studies through one-on-one advising, intensive language training and education abroad. The students also participate in the myriad events and workshops related to dynamics of conflict and cooperation, network with experts and activists, work closely with our faculty and present their research in national conferences. 

International Studies - War and Peace majors are required to study three years of one language or two years of one language and one of another. Students may choose from a broad selection of critical languages to international security. War and Peace students are also required to study or intern abroad. Students go to countries as diverse as France, Ireland, Israel, Brazil, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, India and Morocco. Students must consult with their advisor and the Office of Global Opportunities before committing to an internship or study abroad program.

War and Peace students are exceptional, winning nationally competitive awards every year. Faculty involved with the program – from the Departments of Anthropology, English, History, Sociology, Philosophy, and Political Science in the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as the Schools of Journalism and Communication Studies in the Scripps College of Communication – are top-rated scholars and teachers, many of whom have won campus-wide teaching awards and have published scholarly works with top presses and in major journals.

About the Curriculum

International Studies Core Requirements

Students will complete 42 hours, in addition to the language requirement, including the following courses:

  • ANTH 1010 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology Credit Hours: 3
  • GEOG 2400 - Environmental Geography Credit Hours: 3
  • INST 1010 - Understanding the World Credit Hours: 3
  • POLS 2500 - International Relations Credit Hours: 3
  • An Economics course: ECON 1000 - Survey of Economics, or ECON 1030 - Principles of Microeconomics, or ECON 1040 - Principles of Macroeconomics Credit Hours: 3

War and Peace Core Courses

Students will take 6 hours from the following courses. Courses should be from two different disciplines.

  • ANTH 3530 - Anthropology of Violence and Peace Credit Hours: 3
  • CARS 3210 - Religion and Violence Credit Hours: 3
  • COMS 1100 - Communication Among Cultures Credit Hours: 3
  • HIST 2200 - A Global Military History from Antiquity to the Present Credit Hours: 3
  • HIST 3213 - War, Violence, Modernity Credit Hours: 3
  • INST 4950 - War and Peace Studies Seminar Credit Hours: 3
  • JOUR 4630 - Media and Conflicts Credit Hours: 3
  • MGT 4640 - Cross-Cultural Leadership and Management Credit Hours: 3
  • POLS 4580 - Introduction to War and its Causes Credit Hours: 3
  • SOC 4680 - Crimes Against Humanity Credit Hours: 3

Electives, Thematic and Language Courses

View an extensive list of courses offered in the War and Peace major.

Eligibility and Application Requirements

Interested students can apply to the International Studies - War and Peace program through Undergraduate Admissions. The Center for International Studies does not currently have any selective or limited application requirements. 

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Dr. Joshua Hill
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Center for International Studies
Associate Professor of Chinese History
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