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About Peace Studies

Radford University’s Peace Studies program was founded in 1994 by Department of Philosophy Professor Glen Martin and other faculty members.

Students minoring in Peace Studies design their programs of study in consultation with a rotating committee of PEAC advisors. The program is administered by the PEAC Committee which must approve all programs of study.

A student’s course of study must have a clearly stated focus and the courses selected must be justified in terms of that focus. Examples: procedures for international conflict management; alternative views on the causes of war and conditions of peace; the role of science and technology in war and peace; the history of peace movements; nonviolence in theory and practice; nonviolent communications; military history; the variety of potential world order systems; regional conflicts and their management; international law and organization; nuclear weapons and world security; international conflict and human rights; causes and resolutions of human conflict; relationships between inner and outer peace; international environmental policy; economic causes for conflict; international economic development; etc.

What topics are covered in a peace studies course?

  • Peacemakers such as Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Marshall Rosenberg and non-violent communication, Ella Baker, Rigoberto Turn and Colman McCarthy
  • International instutitions such as International Law and the Framework of Peace and Conflict, the United Nations, international military peacekeeping, World Court and the Nobel Peace Prize
  • Religious faiths and the search for peace, also philosophical issues and "just war" theory
  • Psychology, anthropology and social science insights into human behavior
  • Non-violent interpersonal communication and negotiation
  • Non-violent mass communication and peace journalism
  • History of non-violence and peaceful change
  • Art, literature and music of anti-war movements
  • Conflict zones, poverty and resource scarcity