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Peace Studies is a broad, interdisciplinary activity, which includes research, reflection and dialogue concerning the causes of conflict, disharmony, misunderstanding, violence and war. It is the simultaneous study of the principles of harmony, communication, interpersonal relationships, organization and wisdom necessary to establish peace, resolve conflicts and promote open, communicative and positive relationships at all levels among human beings.
The Peace Studies program at Radford University emphasizes the importance of putting student knowledge and awareness into practical action by building internal peace-making skills and then applying these skills and concepts to real-world situations. Students practice critical writing and thinking and engage in textually-informed conversations that focus upon some of the most pressing issues and circumstances pertaining to justice and peace in the world today. The Introduction to Peace Studies course can be taken for general education international studies credit or students can minor in peace studies.