Social and Cultural Analysis (Peace Studies), BA

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The Social and Cultural Analysis degree offers a concentration in Peace Studies. How is peace is developed or fractured through issues of gender, ethnicity, race, religion. You will gain a greater understanding of practices related to peace building, nonviolence, conflict avoidance and resolution.

When you learn how peace is developed or fractured through societal flash points, you can develop an ability to create and maintain peace, and go on to become a vital asset to any organization in any of the numerous career paths available to you.


The BA program in social and cultural analysis with a concentration in peace studies is a unique, transdisciplinary offering that fosters a critical investigation of peace. It does so primarily through a humanities lens, but not exclusively, and it provides an analysis of peace in connection with issues such as gender, ethnicity, race and religion.

Students learn many perspectives on peace and approaches to it, including theories and practices of peace building, nonviolence, and conflict avoidance and resolution. The program builds on the expertise of faculty in the humanities and social sciences in fields such as history, linguistics, literature, ethics, philosophy, sociology, ethnic studies, and women and gender studies.

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Social and Cultural Analysis (Peace Studies), BA

Required Courses

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While circumstances vary between students and their paths towards graduation (utilizing placement testing to fulfill required math or foreign language courses, fulfilling multiple General Studies requirements with one course, etc.), completing the courses listed in a major map fulfills all of the requirements for graduation.

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Career outlook

There is a growing concern for peace building within social and political institutions. As a consequence, numerous jobs now exist in peace-related sectors.

Graduates of this program are prepared with the skills and knowledge necessary for graduate work as well as for careers in government, education, business and nonprofit organizations. Knowledge gained can be applied toward professional and personal advancement in education, writing, policy, law, cross-cultural communication, ethics and work with nongovernmental organizations.

Due to the emphasis on the social aspects of peace, diversity and identity, students develop an awareness of the needs of diverse populations and the discourses that help create a culture of peace, enabling them as graduates to apply their knowledge to areas as diverse as the following:

  • civil rights organizations
  • colleges and universities
  • corporations
  • government agencies
  • law firms
  • libraries
  • museums
  • nongovernmental organizations
  • the Peace Corps
  • political action groups
  • public relation firms
  • research organizations
  • social service agencies

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Communications Teachers, Postsecondary 10%$66,510
Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary 10.5%$72,230
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators 10.4%$60,670
Political Scientists2.8%$115,110
Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary 10.6%$81,430

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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