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.
|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 areas||12|
|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|
|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 and Ecology|
|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|
|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|
|Fake News and Media Politics|
|World Political Geography|
|Political and Social Philosophy|
|Area 5: Indigenous Peoples, Human Rights, and The Imperial State|
|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 requirements||15|
|ENGLSH 1000||3||MATH 1100 or 1050||3|
|Social Science (MO STATE LAW)||3||Foreign Language||4|
|Humanties and Fine Arts||3||PEA_ST 1050W||3|
|Foreign Language||4||Behavioral Science||3|
|Math Science/MRP||3||Bio/Phys/Math Science Course||3|
|Social Sceince||3||Social Science||3|
|Peace Studies Major||3||Humanitites and Fine Arts||3|
|Foreign Language||4||Peace Studies Major||3|
|Biology or Physical Science Lab||3||Humanities and Fine Arts||3|
|Peace Studies Major||3||Peace Studies Major||3|
|Peace Studies Major||3||Peace Studies Major||3|
|Peace Studies Major/WI 3000+||3||Peace Studies Major||3|
|Peace Studies Major||3||Elective||3|
|Behavioral Science||3||Humanties and Fine Arts||3|
|Total Credits: 120|
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