A peace and conflict studies co-major or minor 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.
Among our distinguished alumni are Susan Heintz, a law graduate from Harvard who has done extensive human rights related work in Southeast Asia; 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 New Jersey; Jaclyn Cruz who obtained two subsequent Masters degrees, has 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 and open to your innovation and imagination.
For more information about CPCS academic programs, please contact Frederic Pearson, Director.