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Program Requirements

Prospective students wishing to pursue a minor in Peace and International Studies must a complete a total of 21 credit hours. This includes three core courses, worth 9 credit hours and four elective courses, worth 12 credit hours.

Core Courses:

  • IS 340: Problems of War and Peace
  • POLS 370: Introduction to International Relations
  • POLS 472: International Organizations

Elective Courses:

The remaining twelve credit hours can be selected from the disciplines below, but each student should receive advising to be sure their selection is in the spirit of the minor. Electives can be chosen from Anthropology, Applied Communication Studies, Criminal Justice, Economics, Geography, Historical Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, and Sociology.

List of recommended courses to fulfill elective requirements is given below.

  • ANTH 303: Language, Culture and Power
  • ANTH 304: Symbols and Culture
  • ANTH 350: Applied Anthropology
  • ANTH 359: Law, Politics, and Human Rights in Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • ACS 304: Conflict Management and Communication
  • ACS 311: Intercultural Communication
  • CJ 311: Perspectives on Terrorism
  • CJ 390: Special Topics in Criminal Justice (Peace Studies focus)
  • ECON 361: Introduction to International Economics
  • ECON 450: International Finance
  • ECON 461: International Trade Theory & Practice
  • GEOG 300: Geography of World Population
  • GEOG 301: Economic Geography
  • HIST 354a: Islamic Middle East 600-1400
  • HIST 354b: Ottoman Empire 1400-1918
  • HIST 354c: 20th Century Middle East
  • HIST 454: History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • IS 336: Global Problems and Human Survival
  • IS 364: The Atomic Era: Hitler, the Holocaust and the Bomb
  • PHIL 340: Social and Political Philosophy
  • PHIL 441/POLS 485: Modern Political Theory
  • POLS 351: Eastern European Political Systems in Transition
  • POLS 385: Introduction to Political Theory
  • POLS 473: U.S. Foreign Policy
  • POLS 479: Topics in International Relations
  • SOC 390: Sociological Perspectives (Peace Studies focus)
  • SOC 470: Sociology of Deviance
  • SOC 474: Victims and Society

Note: This list is not exclusive and is meant to facilitate the decision making process for students. If a student identifies another course ( not included here), that they feel is relevant to the minor, they are encouraged to contact the program advisor to further discuss the subject matter of the course in question.


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