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Peace StudiesCollege of Social Sciences
Saunders Hall 717
2424 Maile Way
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-7427
MIP Fax: (808) 956-5708
PCR Fax: (808) 956-9121
B. Hallett, PhD—peace studies
C. Blake, PhD—anthropology
I. Aoude, PhD—ethnic studies
The Academic Program
Peace and conflict education (PACE) studies examines the causes of war and other forms of violence, the nonviolent ways to resolve destructive conflicts and engage in peacemaking, and the conditions necessary for creating a positive peace. As an interdisciplinary field, PACE finds its center in the social sciences, but it also extends to the humanities and the natural and physical sciences. PACE students learn critical thinking related to issues of justice, conflict resolution, security and peace, and steps to effect these goals, including the making and evaluating of policies.
PACE is an individually designed interdisciplinary program that is coordinated by the Spark M. Matsunaga Institute for Peace. Students may either complete a BA degree with a major equivalent in peace and conflict studies through the Interdisciplinary Studies Program, or they may earn a peace certificate that is available to undergraduate students prior to their graduation from UHM. Both the certificate and major can be designed to accommodate the student’s personal goals and interests.
Students taking these courses go on to careers in diplomacy (including the UN and its affiliates), Third World aid and development (research, administration, and fieldwork), mediation services, public relations, defense planning, management operations, industrial relations, education (teaching and administration), welfare and public interest work, journalism, service industries, and, of course, the fields of peace and conflict research, peace education, and peace advocacy. The development of perspectives and skills in peace, justice, and conflict resolution are relevant in the general areas of private business, the arts, national and international nongovernmental organizations, and national, regional and international government bodies.
The heads of private and public bodies, including UH officials, are increasingly calling for people expert in the management of conflict. A rising backlog of court cases, the cost and delay of justice, crime in the streets, domestic violence, disorder in the schools, ongoing conflict in various workplace settings, and people generally unable to cope with the stress of modern living, all contribute to a pressing need for more peacemakers, mediators, and facilitators capable of resolving conflict with justice.
An appreciation of the diverse cultural perspectives that Asians and Pacific Islanders bring to the study of peace and conflict is featured throughout the PACE program. The island of O‘ahu (meaning “the gathering place”) nurtures a rich ethnic and cultural pluralism that provides a unique setting for the study and practice of peacemaking and the nonviolent resolution of conflict.
The equivalent of an undergraduate major in peace and conflict resolution is available through the BA program of interdisciplinary studies. For information, contact the Matsunaga Institute for Peace or the Interdisciplinary Studies Program. Interested students should refer to the “Interdisciplinary Studies” section within the Colleges of Arts and Sciences.
Peace Studies Stream
Conflict Resolution Stream
Certificate in Peace Studies
To receive a Certificate in Peace Studies, students must take PACE 210, PACE 495, and 9 credit hours from any of the remaining above courses. Courses must be distributed between those emphasizing conflict resolution and those emphasizing social justice or conflict prevention. At least one course should come from a discipline other than PACE. Maintenance of an overall GPA of 2.5 is required in prerequisite and certificate courses.
Certificate in Conflict Resolution
Students are required to complete at least 15 credits from the approved course list, which includes two three-credit “core” courses at the 600 level or above, two electives and a three-credit practicum (PACE 695). A capstone paper is also required. The paper will be based on one or more seminar papers and evaluated by two or more PCR faculty. The student and the Chair will each select one faculty member. For most students, the certificate program will require at least an additional semester of coursework. The graduate certificate in conflict resolution is available to students seeking the certificate only or concurrently with MA or PhD programs.