About the CCSU Peace Studies Program

The CCSU Peace Studies in an interdisciplinary program which is intended to foster an increased awareness of non-violent methods of conflict resolution

Mission of Peace Studies Minor

  • Offer peace education, promote learning and enhance knowledge and understanding of peace, peaceful process and the conditions of peaceful change.
  • Develop and apply interdisciplinary methods to study the onset, frequency and severity of war, and to better understand its causes and prevention.
  • Provide opportunities for scholarship through teaching, research and the practical application of knowledge of peace and peaceful process.
  • Serve as resource to enhance the understanding of peace for the University and local, regional, and national.

Goals of the Peace Studies Minor

  • Offer a structured concentration of credit courses in the areas of peace, war, conflict and conflict mediation for CCSU students who want to minor in peace studies. Course cover topics such as the nature of war and peace, just war theory, pacifism, peace movements, deterrence theory, game theory, weapons of mass destruction, social justice, conflict resolution, and the prevention of all forms of violence and destructive conflict.
  • Provide opportunities for CCSU students to participate in research projects and practice so they can apply theoretical learning to areas of personal interests and participate in community outreach services.
  • Sponsor an annual Peace Week and throughout the year sponsor speakers, lectures, film series, symposia, and discussions of relevant topics which are open to the University, local, regional, and national community.
  • Encourage public interest in peace studies, foster constructive interactions, and serve as a continuing education and life-long learning center for all who are interested in peace studies.

Co-coordinators of the Peace Studies Minor

Carol Austad
Psychological Science
Marcus White Hall
David Blitz
Willard-DiLoreto Hall

Contact either one of the co-coordinators of the Peace Studies Minor and they will provide you with a list of current classes and will help you to enroll in a peace studies class. They will advise you and tailor make a minor program from the available and acceptable classes.