The ebb and flow of peace and conflict fill our newspapers and history books, and it frames how we view our world and our past. The study of peace not only looks at conflict resolution, but at critically analyzing the contributing factors that lead to the conflict and creating strategies of alternative solutions to come to a resolution.


Peace and social justice often go hand-in-hand. Knowing how to effectively resolve conflict can help societies become more just and equitable. You will study contemporary social justice issues and current world conflicts with an interdisciplinary, theoretical and practical approach, and look at the role of human rights plays, as well as ethics and moral concepts.


Some examples of career tracks in Peace Studies are with non-profit organizations, governmental agencies, public and private social justice and educational institutions. Often a four-year degree is needed for most positions, and some career opportunities are: Program Coordinator, Human Rights Advocate, Relief/Aide Worker, Peace Activist, Mediator, and Community Liaison.


SDCC offers an Associate in Arts and Certificate of Performance in Peace Studies


To provide the opportunity for the student to contemplate, analyze, and discuss issues related to peace and conflict on all levels; to apply theory in academic disciplines such as literature, anthropology, environmental science and philosophy to the field of peace studies; to critically think about their role in the world and their possible contributions to a more peaceful world; to demonstrate theories related to both positive and negative peace; to gain an understanding of the role of human rights and other moral and ethical concepts.


The four main pillars of the Peace Studies program are human rights, conflict studies, peace processes and the concept of justice in relation to peace. The program explores issues related to these four pillars on an inter/intra personal, communal, and global level. An emphasis is placed upon 1) the interdisciplinary nature of addressing issues related to peace and conflict, 2) active participation and involvement in the service learning component of the required capstone course, and 3) affective and analytical responses to concepts related to the four pillars.


This Associate Degree prepares students to enter into academic and professional fields related to peace studies. Available career tracks include working for non-profit agencies, international organizations, governmental agencies, public institutions and educational institutions. Students may select a professional or academic focus such as peace building, conflict management, mediation, international law, international relations, political science, history, environmental science, anthropology, comparative literature, peace psychology or philosophy. Most career options directly related to Peace Studies require a four year degree; however, some examples of career options may include: Program Coordinator, Human Rights Advocate, Community Liaison, Relief/Aid Worker, Peace Activist, Mediator, Resource Developer, Educator, Philanthropist, Environmentalist, Anthropologist, Event Coordinator, and Board Member for a Non-Profit Organization.


  • Define and discuss positive peace, negative peace and structural violence.
  • Identify, apply and critically analyze, from an interdisciplinary perspective, theories related to Peace Studies per current events on a personal, communal, national and/or global level.
  • Propose specific strategies to achieve positive peace appropriate to a current event on a person, communal, national and/or global scale.
  • Identify, discuss and critically analyze non violent movements as a method of conflict resolution.