About Peace and Conflict Studies

Our vibrant interdisciplinary Peace and Conflict Studies minor reflects the College's mission to create a community of learners who affirm the global values of nonviolence, human dignity, and justice.

We educate students about causes of violence, ideologies of war and peace, the practices of peacemaking, the skills of conflict transformation, and the complicated interplay between religion, violence, and nonviolence.

Students are strongly encouraged to tailor the minor toward their particular interests—for example, international conflict transformation, intergroup peace-building, or the role of religion in sustaining peace—and to do so in a way that combines theoretical analysis with experiences in the field.

The minor also urges students to study peace and conflict studies in international study opportunities available through the College's Office of International Study. A favorite option is the peace studies program at Magee College, University of Ulster, Derry, Northern Ireland. See here for more information.

The Peace and Conflict Studies minor at Elizabethtown College is unique in its focus on the historic and contemporary role of religion—its symbols, texts, and practices—in creating violence and building peace.

We hope you'll come visit us on campus. If you have any questions in the meantime, please email Dr. Michael G. Long, Director of Peace and Conflict Studies, at longm@etown.edu.

Our Mission

The mission of faculty who teach in the minor is to provide students with the knowledge and skills required for leading lives committed to peace, human rights, and social justice in interpersonal, intergroup, and global contexts.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the Peace and Conflict Studies minor will be able to:

  • identify causes of conflict
  • analyze the main ideologies of peace and war, especially the just war and pacifist traditions
  • describe the major figures in the history of nonviolence
  • articulate alternatives to violent reactions to conflict
  • describe the major approaches to conflict transformation
  • practice skills in conflict transformation
  • and understand the roles of religion in violence and peacebuilding.