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BA in International Studies with Emphasis in Peace Studies

Degree Program Description

Peace Studies is offered as an emphasis area for the BA in International Studies. Students with this emphasis examine issues related to global peace and social justice in the international arena. 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, indigenous peoples, and the understanding of global cultural diversity

Major Program Requirements

Refer to the program requirements for the BA in International StudiesIn addition, for the emphasis in Peach Studies, students must complete 12 hours of credit:

  • 9 credits from a single department or area
  • 3 credits in a capstone experience.

The courses for the emphasis in Peace Studies center on those offered through the Peace Studies program, many of which are cross-listed with other departments. In addition, students can count towards the Peace Studies emphasis other courses from departments such as Black Studies, English, Geography, History, Political Science, Religious Studies, Romance Languages, and Women’s and Gender Studies. Peace Studies courses counting for the emphasis can be drawn from the list below.

PEA_ST 1050Introduction to Peace Studies3
PEA_ST 1120Population, Environment and Sustainability3
PEA_ST 2000Exploration in Social and Economic Justice3
PEA_ST 2182Critical Dialogues: Nonviolence in Peace/Democracy Movements3
PEA_ST 2200Nuclear Weapons: Environmental, Health and Social Effects3
PEA_ST 2255Youth, Islam, and Global Cultures3
PEA_ST 2280Race, Democracy, and Violence in Cuba and Haiti3
PEA_ST 2285Large Corporations, Economic Crisis, Social Responsibility3
PEA_ST 2286Technological Futures, National Security, and Civil Liberties3
PEA_ST 2320Literature of Spanish Civil War3
PEA_ST 2410Philosophies of War and Peace3
PEA_ST 2550Human Rights, Law, War and Peace3
PEA_ST 3140Art of War and Peace2-3
PEA_ST 3230HTerrorism and Conflict Resolution - Honors3
PEA_ST 3400Fake News and Media Politics3
PEA_ST 3401Global Public Health and Health Care Systems3
PEA_ST 3496Digital Indigenous Studies3
PEA_ST 3510Think Global: Fundamentals of Globalization and Digital Technologies3
PEA_ST 3520Collective Behavior3
PEA_ST 3521Group Decision Making Processes3
PEA_ST 3522New Media, Conflict and Control3
PEA_ST 3600Criminology3
PEA_ST 3610Ireland, 1100s to 18503
PEA_ST 3611Ireland, 1850-19233
PEA_ST 3612Ireland, 1920-Present3
PEA_ST 3780World Political Geography3
PEA_ST 3870Social Revolution in Latin America3
PEA_ST 4230Women, Development and Globalization3
PEA_ST 4331Nonproliferation Issues for Weapons of Mass Destruction3
PEA_ST 4520Political Sociology3
PEA_ST 4550Gender and Human Rights in Cross Cultural Perspective3
PEA_ST 4600Political and Social Philosophy3

Students are encouraged to begin study of their foreign language no later than the sophomore year.  Students should consult with the International Center about appropriate locations for their student abroad experience.  In addition, students must complete all College of Arts and Science, and University graduation requirements, including University general education.

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Semester Plan

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGLSH 10003Foreign Language 5
Core Humanitites3POL_SC 1400 or 27003
Foreign Language5Biological/Physical Science Course w/Lab5
American History or Government course3Math and Quantitative Reasoning course3
 14 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
GEOG 1100 or 12003Foreign Language 3
Foreign Language3ANTHRO 20303
Core Humanities3General Elective 1000+2
General Elective 1000+3Biological/Physical Science Course4
General Education Behavioral Science3Core Humanities 2000 level3
 15 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Social/Behavioral 2000+ Major3Regional/Cultural 3000+ Major3
Social/Behavioral Science 1000+ Major3Regional/Cultural 2000+ Major3
General Education Humanities 2000+ 3Regional/Cultural 3000+ Major3
Regional/Cultural 1000+ Major3Social Behavioral 3000+ Major3
Foreign Language3Social Behavioral 3000+ Major3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
General Elective 3000+3Focus Area 3000+ Major3
General Elective 1000+3focus Area Capstone 4000 Level3
Focus Area 3000+ Major3General Elective 1000+3
Focus Area 3000+ Major3General Elective 1000+3
General Elective 1000+3General Elective 3000+3
 15 15
Total Credits: 120

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Degree Audit

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MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner.  Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, by clicking on the Request Degree Audit link. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.  This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

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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