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BA in Interdisciplinary with Emphasis in Peace Studies

Degree Program Description

Peace Studies is offered as an emphasis area in the BA in Interdisciplinary Studies. Students with this emphasis examine issues related to global peace and social justice. The emphasis in Peace Studies helps prepare students for employment, volunteer assignments, and graduate study in such areas as conflict resolution, human rights, humanitarian assistance, sustainable development, social justice, nonviolent social change, and the understanding of global cultural diversity.

Major Program Requirements

The peace studies emphasis area addresses a wide range of issues concerning peace and justice, including international and civil war and peace; global social and environmental justice; nonviolent social movements, process, and change; cultures, intellectuals, and war and peace; and indigenous peoples and the imperial state. Our courses provide a liberal arts foundation: students explore values to set goals; they evaluate evidence to assess alternate means to achieve goals. Some courses focus on practical issues of community organization, sustainable development (PEA_ST 1120) and construction, and public health (PEA_ST 3401), that students are likely to encounter in work, internship, or volunteer positions. Study abroad courses taught by MU faculty are regularly offered. Since issues of peace and conflict cut across disciplines, the curriculum includes courses offered by both the program itself and cross listed between Peace Studies and other programs and departments of the University.

In addition, students must complete all College of Arts and Science and University graduation requirements, including University general education.

Emphasis requirements30
Core requirements
Introduction to Peace Studies
Select 12 credits from the following. It is recommended that students pick four courses distributed in at least four of the following areas12
Area 1: International and Civil War and Peace
International Conflict Resolution and Group Reconciliation (Section 2 is writing intensive, section 1 not)
Nuclear Weapons: Environmental, Health and Social Effects (Section 2 is writing intensive, section 1 not)
Philosophies of War and Peace
Human Rights, Law, War and Peace
Terrorism and Conflict Resolution - Honors
Ireland, 1100s to 1850
Ireland, 1850-1923
Ireland, 1920-Present
Nonproliferation Issues for Weapons of Mass Destruction
Area 2: Global Social and Environmental Justice
Global Warming, Climate Change, Catastrophic Climate Destabilization (Section 2 is writing intensive, section 1 not)
Population, Environment and Sustainability
Exploration in Social and Economic Justice
CAFO: Concentrated Animals, Deep Ecology (Section 2 is writing intensive, section 1 not)
Global Public Health and Health Care Systems
Social Revolution in Latin America
Area 3: Nonviolent Social Movements, Process, and Change
Critical Dialogues: Nonviolence in Peace/Democracy Movements (Section 2 is writing intensive, section 1 not)
Large Corporations, Economic Crisis, Social Responsibility
Think Global: Fundamentals of Globalization and Digital Technologies
Collective Behavior
Group Decision Making Processes
New Media, Conflict and Control
Area 4: Cultures, Intellectuals, And War and Peace
Race, Democracy, and Violence in Cuba and Haiti (Section 2 is writing intensive, section 1 not)
Literature of Spanish Civil War
Art of War and Peace
Politics of the Media
World Political Geography
Political and Social Philosophy
Area 5: Indigenous Peoples, Human Rights, and The Imperial State
Indigenous Religions
Introduction to Indigenous Literatures
Special Themes in Native American and Indigenous Studies
Digital Indigenous Studies
Digital Indigenous Studies - Honors
Native American Geographies
Gender and Human Rights in Cross Cultural Perspective
Other Peace Studies courses counted toward the emphasis requirements15

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Semester Plan

First Year
ENGLSH 10003MATH 1100 or 10503
Social Science (MO STATE LAW)3Foreign Language4
Humanties and Fine Arts3PEA_ST 1050W3
Foreign Language4Behavioral Science3
 13 16
Second Year
Math Science/MRP3Bio/Phys/Math Science Course3
Social Sceince3Social Science3
Peace Studies Major3Humanitites and Fine Arts3
Foreign Language4Peace Studies Major3
A&S Diversity3Elective3
 16 15
Third Year
Biology or Physical Science Lab3Humanities and Fine Arts3
Peace Studies Major3Peace Studies Major3
Peace Studies Major3Peace Studies Major3
Elective3Elective 3
 15 15
Fourth Year
Peace Studies Major/WI 3000+3Peace Studies Major3
Peace Studies Major3Elective 3
Behavioral Science3Humanties and Fine Arts3
Elective3Elective 3
 15 15
Total Credits: 120

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Degree Audit

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Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to http://advising.missouri.edu/contact/.

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via https://www.transferology.com/index.htm. Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to http://registrar.missouri.edu/degree-audits/index.php.

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Discovery Center by calling (573)884-9700 or through MU Connect Discovery Center service in you success network.

  • If you have decided on a major, visit an academic advisor in the School or College that you are interested in to discuss the process of declaring the major

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center.  No Appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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