Peace Studies Major & Minor

Take classes that respond to the changing world we live in and learn about the causes of violence, theories of nonviolence, and successful social movements. Gain the skills of nonviolent conflict management. Prepare yourself to work for peace in the world locally or internationally.

For more information and course requirements, visit the interdisciplinary major and minor in Peace Studies home page.

Classes & Focus Areas

Because Peace Studies is interdisciplinary, you can take classes on the topics you care deeply about with your favorite professors.

You will work side-by-side with leading scholars and other top students in a climate that promotes academic rigor and friendship. With many Marquette faculty members researching, teaching, or studying components of peacemaking, you will learn from one of the largest faculties of peacemakers globally. Satisfy your intellectual curiosity by choosing from classes in disciplines ranging from anthropology, communications, economics, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology, and theology.

Download the personal planner for Peace Studies majors and minors.

Study Abroad & International Opportunities

Imagine spending a few weeks or a full semester abroad, immersed in another culture. Imagine if you had the opportunity to self-design the internship of your dreams. Imagine if you had the funding to start the project you have been daydreaming about.

Build memories that last a lifetime by participating in international programs in El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, South Africa, and other locations to earn course credits toward your Peace Studies degree.

Apply for a summer peacemaking fellowship of up to $2,000 to create your own project or internship. Follow in the footsteps of past recipients who have completed international fellowships in Honduras, Ireland, Palestine, Rwanda, and Sierra Leone as well as local fellowships in Chicago, Milwaukee, New Orleans, and Washington D.C.

Peacemaking Careers

In the Peace Studies program you will develop an understanding of your personal values and gain the real-life experience that employers are looking for. The knowledge, skills, and experiences you acquire through Peace Studies classes and internships are transferrable to almost any professional field. They provide a foundation for you to change the world in a unique and impactful way.

Peace Studies is especially valuable if you are looking at a career with community organizations, development agencies, issue-based advocacy groups, government institutions, or post-graduate service programs. To make the job search easier for you, we bring professionals, recruiters, and high profile speakers to campus so you can build a strong professional network.

Browse our career and internship resources.