Description and Rationale

The Interdisciplinary Minor in Peace and Conflict Studies at Stonehill College allows students to explore sources of war and violence between or within states or communities; the conditions that enable and sustain conflict; how conflicts may be constructively managed, contained and resolved; and the impact of such varied factors as levels of democratization, economic development, and ethnic and racial identity on peace and conflict. The Minor also addresses the various types of peace-- positive or negative, cold or warm-- and examines the conditions of sustainable peace. The Minor is structured in a way to allow the student to study broad theoretical frameworks and evaluate existing empirical evidence. It also surveys the foundational principles and tools of applied conflict resolution. Different types of conflict resolution practices including negotiation, arbitration, mediation, and dialogue groups will be explored, in order to understand the implementation, efficacy, and political implications of such interventions. The Minor is designed to complement the undergraduate liberal arts degree. For students considering graduate study, the Minor allows for greater specialization and prepares a strong springboard for graduate work in, for example, international development, security studies or governance. A background in conflict resolution is also useful for prospective law school students, particularly as the subject matter in this Minor will relate directly to alternative dispute resolution topics introduced in law school curricula. For students entering the labor market upon graduation, this Minor provides valuable skills for a wide-range of professions; the ability to understand dynamics and management of conflicts (interpersonal or intergroup, communal or organizational) are key ingredients for fostering innovation and growth in organizations and communities of various scales.


In addition to the requirements below, the applicant needs to complete the Interdisciplinary Studies Program Minor Application Form, which is available from the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies at Martin Institute. It can be downloaded at:

There are two core courses needed to fulfill the Minor requirements.

Core Courses

POL 348: Peace and Conflict Studies (The course fulfills a Cornerstone Program Requirement)

POL 347: Conflict Analysis and Resolution  


Additional two or three courses can be selected from the list below. If the student choses two electives, then the third one can be an academic unit, for example, a SURE study or an independent study.

POL 352: Transitions to Democracy

POL 353: International Organizations and Statebuilding

POL 331: War

POL 249: Contemporary Global Conflict

POL 171: Power, Order and Justice

POL 243: International Politics

POL 249: Contemporary Global Conflict

POL 285: Modern Europe: Divided and United

POL 354: Irish Politics

POL 357: Post-Conflict Governance (Special Topics in Politics)

SO 232: Crisis, Conflict and Control

SO 234: Racial and Ethnic Diversity

SO 302: Sociology of Globalization

SO 317: Organization: People, Power and Change

SO 329: Anthropology of Violence

PC 303: Group Dynamics

RS 237: Moral Conflicts: Case Studies in Moral Confrontation

RS 256: Church and Social Justice

RS 317: Gods, Kings and Justice in the Ancient World

RS 323: Gods and War: Religion, Ideology, and Nationalism in Japan and the United States

RS: 329: Justice, Peace, Ecology

BA 326: Managerial Negotiation and Decision-making

BA 333: Organizational Behavior

HS 216: Ireland: From Colony to Nation State