2023-2024 College Catalog

Peace and Conflict Studies, Minor

Program Coordinator:

Kyle Burke


J. Jeremy Wisnewski (Religious Studies)


Peace and Conflict Studies


The Peace and Conflict Studies Minor serves students interested in the interdisciplinary study of the conflicts that characterize our world and the peace efforts that arise in response to these conflicts. Courses are offered across the major academic divisions of the college, drawing on the expertise of faculty in a number of different disciplines. Students pursuing a Hartwick minor in Peace and Conflict Studies will explore the causes of international and domestic conflict, the results of such conflict, and the various ways available to mediate and prevent conflict. Topics included in the broad range of available courses include pacifism and non-violent protest, domestic violence, war, torture, sex, race, sexual orientation discrimination, and peace movements of various kinds.

The Program also offers a one-credit capstone course on an annual basis. This course focuses on some of the major themes in Peace and Conflict research, with a special emphasis on the place of war and nonviolence in political and ethical thought.