Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice

Peace, Justice & Conflict Transformation

Documentary at UofL Day of Peace

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Peace Studies
Prof. Russell Vandenbroucke
Email Prof. Vandenbroucke
(502) 852-8448

Social Change Minor
Prof. Cherie Dawson-Edwards
Email Prof. Dawson-Edwards
(502) 852-0080

Peace Studies is an interdisciplinary field. Its focus includes analysis of conflict and its causes; transformation of conflict through nonviolent methods; and the proactive practice of peace building at the individual, community, national and international levels. The activities, courses, and certificate are open to students with any major in any college at UofL.

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The Peace Studies program offers a 12-hour undergraduate certificate. In addition to three required PEAC courses (325, 350, 550), students choose electives from approximately 150 courses offered by the following units:

  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Chinese Studies
  • Communication
  • Criminal Justice
  • English
  • Geography and Geosciences
  • History
  • Latin American and Latino Studies
  • Pan-African Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Psychological and Brain Sciences
  • Political Science
  • Social Change
  • Sociology
  • Social Work
  • Theatre Arts
  • Women’s and Gender Studies

The certificate culminates with PEAC 550, “Service Learning in Peacebuilding,” with an approved local, national, or international organization located off campus. PEAC 325 “Peace, Justice & Conflict Transformation Fundamentals” and PEAC 350” Basic Mediation and Conflict Transformation” are prerequisites for PEAC 550 that may be taken in any order.

Read more about the certificate in Peace Studies at the University of Louisville.

Employers seek applicants with skills in listening, cross-cultural communication, and understanding conflict as well as the ability to work through it. The certificate program provides these and other life skills.

Specifically, our students seek careers as mediators, writers, teachers, community organizers and workers, counselors, diplomats, social workers, police officers, therapists and supporters of local non-profit and international aid organizations among many other possibilities.

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The PJCT program includes curricular and co-curricular programs such as: PeaceDay, the annual commemoration of the United Nations’ International Day of Peace; speakers; films; and opportunities to engage with Louisville organizations working for peace and social justice.

Selected students receive work scholarships to extend Peace Studies across campus. They and other students are supported to attend the annual Student Peace Conference at Notre Dame University. Some students also engage in Peace Studies research.

Learn more about student opportunities at the University of Louisville.