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BA in Interdisciplinary with Emphasis in Peace Studies

Peace Studies is an interdisciplinary academic and community-based program. It seeks to educate students and the broader community about ongoing conflicts and the different local, national, and world situations that contribute to the breakdown of peace. With this focus, Peace Studies explores the possible ways of resolving those situations through evidence and questions developed from history, politics, economics, sociology, philosophy, religious studies, Black studies, and women’s and gender studies. In addition, it draws on communication, media and military studies, and the natural sciences, to name just a few of the numerous disciplines that contribute to Peace Studies. Peace Studies graduates will essentially use humanities and social and natural science methods and critical studies to ask the hard questions about human frailty and human flourishing and the relationship between human and non-human life. Therefore, it is appropriate that the Peace Studies curriculum include the climate emergency, inequalities based on class, gender, sexuality, race, food insecurity, access to education, public health, and political representation. It is vital that Peace Studies also include studies of literature and the visual arts. These fields help ensure that students and the broader community can better understand conflict and its resolution based on empathizing with the problems humans face in various locations.

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

Students pursuing Peace Studies will explore four interconnected areas or themes covered.

Nationalism and Conflict: Students analyze the nation-state as both an idea and fact. They gain insight into the nation-state as one relatively recent social, economic, and political organization. They explore, through case studies, the concrete shapes this idea has taken in modern history. Students take up the question of conflicts within and between nation-states and discuss how such conflicts have been managed, mitigated, and influenced by national and international frameworks.

International and Comparative Studies: Students examine global peace and social justice issues in the international arena. Students receive a solid grounding in global cultural diversity while also considering power and violence as drivers of conflict. They explore such topics as diplomacy, conflict resolution, human rights, and the role of non-governmental organizations. Finally, they discuss issues that transcend national boundaries, such as the refugee crisis and global climate emergency.

The History of Global Activism: Students assess various forms of democratic social organizing and mobilizing to make the world fair and just. They explore the multiple approaches to the struggle for justice and examine how to accomplish social change when it runs counter to powerful interests and existing social norms.

Justice and the Public Good: Students investigate what constitutes justice, the public good, and the sometimes-competing ways we have defined these categories. Students explore the structures of social, economic, and political inequality, which often complicate and impede the quest for justice and the public good. They gain facility in openly and honestly evaluating their own beliefs and those of others. With this competence, students can consider building a world that ensures a good quality of life for people with different experiences and relationships with power.

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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
PEA_ST 1051International Conflict Resolution and Group Reconciliation3
PEA_ST 2200Nuclear Weapons: Environmental, Health and Social Effects3
PEA_ST 2410Philosophies of War and Peace3
PEA_ST 2550Human Rights, Law, War and Peace3
PEA_ST 3230HTerrorism and Conflict Resolution - Honors3
PEA_ST 4331Nonproliferation Issues for Weapons of Mass Destruction3
Area 2: Global Social and Environmental Justice
PEA_ST 1052Global Warming, Climate Change, Catastrophic Climate Destabilization 3
PEA_ST 1120Population, Environment and Sustainability3
PEA_ST 2000Exploration in Social and Economic Justice3
PEA_ST 2600CAFO: Concentrated Animals, Deep Ecology3
PEA_ST 3600Criminology3
PEA_ST 3401Global Public Health and Health Care Systems3
PEA_ST 3870Social Revolution in Latin America3
Area 3: Nonviolent Social Movements, Process, and Change
PEA_ST 2182Critical Dialogues: Nonviolence in Peace/Democracy Movements3
PEA_ST 2285Large Corporations, Economic Crisis, Social Responsibility3
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
Area 4: Cultures, Intellectuals, And War and Peace
PEA_ST 2016Authoritarian Societies, States, and the Prospects for Democracy3
PEA_ST 2021The U.S. - Afghanistan War3
PEA_ST 2022Afghanistan, Central Asia, and the "Great Powers"3
PEA_ST 2280Race, Democracy, and Violence in Cuba and Haiti3
PEA_ST 2320Literature of Spanish Civil War3
PEA_ST 3780World Political Geography3
PEA_ST 4600Political and Social Philosophy3
Area 5: Indigenous Peoples, Human Rights, and The Imperial State
REL_ST 2100Indigenous Religions3
ENGLSH 2490Introduction to Indigenous Literatures3
PEA_ST 3022Peacebuilding and Peacemaking in the Modern Caribbean3
ENGLSH 3490Special Themes in Native American and Indigenous Studies3
PEA_ST 3496Digital Indigenous Studies3
or PEA_ST 3496H Digital Indigenous Studies - Honors
GEOG 3560Native American Geographies3
PEA_ST 4550Gender and Human Rights in Cross Cultural Perspective3
Other Peace Studies courses counted toward the emphasis requirements15

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Semester Plan

First Year
ENGLSH 10003MATH 1100, 1050, or STAT 12003
Social Science (MO STATE LAW)3Second Language4
Humanties and Fine Arts3PEA_ST 1050W3
Second Language4Behavioral Science3
 13 16
Second Year
Math Science/MRP3Bio/Phys/Math Science Course3
Social Sceince3Social Science3
Peace Studies Major3Humanitites and Fine Arts3
Second 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

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree. 

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner. Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, click on the Academic Progress Tile, then select Request Degree Audit. 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 https://advising.missouri.edu/contact/.

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via https://www.transferology.com. 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 https://registrar.missouri.edu/degrees-audits/degree-audits/.

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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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