The Certificate Program in Peace, Conflict and Security Studies (PACS) is designed to help students explore why conflict and violence occur, and learn how conflict can be managed and transformed to accomplish constructive ends. The certificate is granted by the College of Arts and Sciences, but students in any school or major at the University of Colorado Boulder may earn it.
The program develops an interdisciplinary perspective on the study of conflict, cooperation, war, and peace. Coursework focuses on theorizing and analyzing various forms of intra- and international conflict, and related possibilities for personal and social change. Coursework also emphasizes development of practical skills and experience in conflict resolution and civic activism. The program encourages hands-on, “in the field” engagement through volunteer service, enrollment in study-abroad programs, and internship placement with related agencies and programs.
For more information or an application, visit the Peace and Conflict Studies Program website.
Course code for this program is PACS.
Completion of the certification requires 21 credit hours (12 upper-division) of study, up to six (6) of these credit hours may completed through approved transfer credit. Each of these courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better. These courses must also include:
Required Courses and Credit Hours
|PACS 2500||Introduction to Peace, Conflict and Security Studies||3|
|PACS 3700||Communication and Conflict Management||3|
|or PACS 3800||Security Studies|
|PACS 4500||Senior Seminar in Peace, Conflict and Security Studies||3|
|6 credit hours of relevant course work in the student’s major 1||6|
|6 credit hours of relevant course work outside the major||6|
|Total Credit Hours||21|
All electives must be approved by the PACS director.
In the event a major department does not have 6 hours of relevant courses, the PACS director may allow for substitutions with PACS approved courses outside the major department.