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Conflict within and between people, groups and nations is a consistent—and significant—part of the human experience. Peacemaking explores nonviolent means for managing and resolving such conflict. This minor will help you understand the nature of human conflict and move toward becoming informed and active peacemaker in interpersonal, inter-group and international relationships.


  • This minor consists of six courses: four courses designed to provide an integrated understanding of conflict and peacemaking based on biblical teaching, historical insights and contemporary understanding and practices.
  • Elective courses discuss topics in communication, psychology, political science, management, history, social work and theology.

Career opportunities

The minor in peacemaking and conflict studies is designed to complement any major. This minor will prepare you for careers that involve working intensely with people, such as business, church and para-church ministries, counseling, education, public service and social work.

Program director

Peter Smith, Ph.D.
Peter Smith, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Peacemaking and Conflict Studies

Course listing

Required Courses (15-18 Units)

Core Program
COM-420/SOC-430Conflict Management and Resolution3
COM/PSY/SOC/SW-483Mediation Practicum1
HIST-455Historical Peacemakers3
THEO-465Theological Ethics of Conflict and Peacemaking3
Breadth Program

Select two of the following:

COM-430/PSY-390Group Dynamics and Leadership3
CRIM-412*    Restorative Justice    3
CRIM-420*Victims, Trauma and Recovery3
HIST-321Anabaptist/Mennonite History and Thought3
MGT-350Organizational Theory3
MGT-355Organizational Behavior3
MGT-360Human Resource Management3
PS-380Social Problems and Public Policy4
PS-390Religion and Politics in America4
PS-400Comparative Politics3
PS-420International Relations3
PS-425Global Economics and Sustainable Development3
PS-430History and Contemporary Issues in U.S. Foreign Policy4
PSY-395/SOC-400Social Psychology3
SOC-350Marriage and Family3
SW-410Working With Groups3
SW-420Becoming a Change Agent3
THEO-434Theologies of Radical Discipleship3

* This course includes a lab that also meets the 1-unit mediation practicum requirement.