Peace & Conflict Studies Minor


Offered by the Humanities Program, Peace & Conflict Studies is a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach to the study of human conflict. It examines the origins and nature of conflict within and among societies and the various ways in which humans address conflict.

Through academic coursework and the possibility of practical experience, Peace & Conflict Studies offers students a concentrated program of study of one of the most central and urgent human issues: the causes and consequences of human conflict and the achievements and possibilities of building peaceful and equitable forms of social existence. The undergraduate minor in Peace & Conflict Studies was inaugurated in the spring semester of 2003.

The Peace & Conflict Studies minor is designed for students interested in careers in humanitarian aid, international relations, diplomacy, law, and mediation.  It is also preparation for graduate study.


PCS Minor Requirements

Requirements (18 hours):

  • PCS 220  Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies (3 hours)
  • PCS 650  Senior Seminar in Peace and Conflict Studies (3 hours)
  • Two core course from the list below (6 hours)
  • Two elective courses (6 hours)

Core and electives must be 300 level or higher.  Only 3 hours can be shared between the minor and any other minor or major.  Students may not count more than 9 hours of coursework from any single department other than HUM (PCS) towards completion of the minor.

Core Courses (choose two):

  • PCS 550   Classics of Peace Literature
  • REL 667    Religious Perspectives on War and Peace
  • REL 669    Human Conflict and Peace
  • SOC 650   Transnational Migration
  • HIST 314   Globalization, History and Theory
  • POLS 674  International Ethics
  • EVRN/GEOG 371 Environmental Geopolitics
  • ENGL 318 Literature of Social Justice

Elective Courses Choose two from the list:

PCS Core and Elective Course List Spring 2022 (pdf)

To declare the minor:

"Declaration of Minor Field of Study" forms are available in the Humanities Program office, 308 Bailey Hall.

For information and advising appointments contact Marike Janzen, Peace and Conflict Studies Coordinator, 308 Bailey Hall, mjanzen@ku.edu, 785-864-3011


Course Catalog

Below is a list of all the Peace and Conflict Studies courses offered.  Please note that not all courses will be offered each semester.

Courses