Opening Doors with the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies
A Peace and Conflict Studies degree opens the way toward various important and rewarding careers in areas such as diplomacy and government service, non-governmental organizations, social service, law, education, personnel policy, counseling, and the arts. Skills you will learn as a co-major include the ability to understand and resolve disputes, civic awareness of key controversial issues, critical thinking about social problems of our time, organizational ability on themes ranging from violence reduction and international trends to causes and consequences of war. One especially useful aspect of the program is the opportunity to do internships for credit, in organizations and agencies either on campus, in the community or abroad. This affords the student the opportunity for hands-on learning and to make important network connections.
The priority of the Center's undergraduate co-major program is flexibility and variety. We designed the program this way to meet the varied academic interests and professional goals of our students. Students may elect to co-major or minor in Peace and Conflict Studies in conjunction with their regular major field, or interested students can select PCS courses without necessarily pursuing the full degree options.
By allowing students to pursue their interests in other departments’ students have studied such topics as: Race, Gender and Religion, Human Rights, International Issues in Peace & Conflict Studies, Peace & Conflict Studies in the United States, Peace Studies in Human Development, Dispute Resolution.
To be admitted to the PCS programs, a student must have met the entrance requirements of the university and the student’s own college. When students complete their Declaration of Major form at the beginning of their junior year and have obtained authorized approval for the major, they may use the same form to apply for acceptance into the co-major or minor.
Among our distinguished alumni are Susan Heintz, a law graduate from Harvard who did extensive human rights work in several world regions; Anne Shenk, who has worked for important public interest law firms and legal advocacy groups in Detroit; Adam Avrushin, who obtained a Master of Social Work degree in human services and has worked with disadvantaged urban communities; Tom Tarnow, who did legal research for the Supreme Court of Louisiana and is now in public law practice in Vermont; Jaclyn Cruz who obtained two subsequent Masters degrees and worked for several years in both refugee relief and mine clearing operations in East and West Africa, and who also was designated a Rotary Cultural Ambassadorial Scholar. Other of our current or former students are organizing major recycling programs in urban communities, conducting bank evaluations for the FDIC, presenting domestic abuse awareness workshops, working for the U.S. State Department and other federal or state agencies, teaching in K-12 schools, serving in the armed forces and as professional mediators. As you can see the horizon for our graduates is wide open to your innovation and imagination.
The Center for Peace and Conflict Studies also welcomes interns from Wayne State University and other universities who wish to work in the Center on projects during any semester. The Center director and staff will supervise such visiting interns, and they can obtain university credit for their experience. Those interested should send a letter of inquiry to Center Director, Dr. Frederic Pearson, during the semester prior to their requested unpaid internship.
Qualified students may elect to participate in Wayne State University’s honors program. For more information about the Center and our work, please contact Dr. Frederic Pearson, Center Director.
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