College of Social Sciences
*M. Soetero-Ng, PhD (Director, Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution)— peace studies
*I. Aoude, PhD—ethnic studies
Degree and Certificates Offered: Certificate in Peace Studies, BA in interdisciplinary studies (peace and conflict studies), Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution
The Academic Program
The Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution is a multi-disciplinary community of scholars, students, and practitioners who through academic programs and outreach promote cross-cultural understanding and collaborative problem-solving. Residing within the Public Policy Center (PPC), the institute emphasizes critical thinking and collaboration to groom future leaders to address contemporary and complex issues in Hawai‘i, the Asia-Pacific region, and the world.
Peace Studies broadens students’ perspectives and strengthens critical thinking on issues of war and peace, justice and human rights, and governance. Conflict resolution processes such as facilitation, mediation, and negotiation are necessary in organizational, community, and civic relations, and build important interpersonal skills that are vital to good leadership. Students develop a theoretical foundation to advance scholarship in peace studies, including human rights and advocacy, leadership and governance, policy analysis, and communications, while they learn and hone practical conflict management skills to develop as professionals in their chosen field.
Students may enroll in Peace and Conflict Education (PACE) courses, either as an intellectual endeavor or to enhance personal and professional skills. Students who understand the causes of conflict and the methods for resolving conflicts will be better equipped for a wide range of careers in the fields of education, law, human resource management, industrial relations, government, foreign service, security, urban and regional planning, sociology, and social work, to name a few.
For students who wish to obtain an academic qualification in peace and conflict resolution, the institute offers three programs:
Inherently interdisciplinary and international in perspectives; the institute is committed to building on Hawai‘i’s cultural heritage and island values of aloha, mutual aid and respect, and sense of community. The institute is dedicated to honoring the memory of U.S. Senator Spark M. Matsunaga and implementing his hope that; "every student enrolled in Hawai‘i’s public university system will be exposed to peace studies.
Bachelor’s Degree in Peace and Conflict Resolution
In collaboration with the Interdisciplinary Studies program, the Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution offers a flexible, student designed BA in Peace and Conflict Resolution (36 credit hours).
The core of the program consists of three courses that are meant to give students the basic skills and knowledge of conflict resolution and the opportunity to put these skills into practice. Students are then free to design an academic program that aligns with their interests, needs, and goals. Students work closely with faculty advisors from the Matsunaga Institute and Interdisciplinary Studies to develop a coherent, multidisciplinary course of study. This gives students the flexibility to concentrate on a specific area of interest or to take a broader approach to peace and conflict studies.
Additional information is available at www.peaceinstitute.hawaii.edu and from Interdisciplinary Studies in the Office of Undergraduate Education.
The remaining credit hours, to meet the major’s minimum requirement of 36 credit hours, can be drawn from courses offered by the Matsunaga Institute (designated as PACE courses) as well as courses offered by other departments. Although a list of suggested electives is set forth below, students may also propose other courses, provided that they can achieve a coherent program of study that meets the requirements of the Interdisciplinary Studies program. An overall GPA of 2.5, with no grade below a C, is required in the major course work.
Certificate in Peace Studies
The Certificate in Peace Studies (15 credit hours) is equivalent to a minor. The certificate exposes students to the fundamentals of peace and conflict resolution while they learn methods to remedy social injustice and manage and resolve conflict. These skills are highly valued by employers in a wide range of professional fields, making the certificate a valuable complement to many popular majors. Students enrolled in a degree-granting program may obtain the Certificate in Peace Studies. Some students may wish to focus primarily on peace studies as a personal, intellectual endeavor. Others may seek a career in an area relevant to peace studies and will use the certificate to enhance their credentials and expertise.
To receive a Certificate in Peace Studies, students are required to take PACE 310, 429 or 447, and 495 (or a faculty approved substitute) and six additional credit hours selected in consultation with the student’s certificate advisor. A GPA of 2.5, with no grade below a C, is required in certificate courses.
Suggested optional courses for the major in Peace and Conflict Resolution and for the Certificate in Peace Studies include:
Options for Introductory Courses
*There may be more than one section of this course offered, each focusing on different specialized topics in the field. The course is repeatable one time.
Certificate in Conflict Resolution
In cooperation with other departments in the university, the Matsunaga Institute for Peace offers a fifteen-credit Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution (GCCR). The GCCR allows graduate students and working professionals to study the theory and practice of conflict resolution and to develop skills that are valued in a wide range of professions. This interdisciplinary program focuses on constructive communication and the importance of resolving conflicts in an ethical and culturally sensitive manner. All students in the GCCR study the theory and practice of conflict resolution and have the opportunity to study negotiation, mediation, and facilitation, which are essential for dispute resolution and leadership in a wide range of professions, including business, education, human resource management, law, politics, public administration, social work, and urban planning. Students also have the opportunity to develop mediation and facilitation skills and to study the systems for resolving conflicts in different fields and contexts, including: education, environmental law and policy, human rights, and international conflicts. The GCCR can be pursued as a separate academic program or earned concurrently with a JD, MA, MPA, MS, MEd, MBA, MPH, MSW, PhD, or other graduate degrees. Unclassified students, as well as degree students, are eligible for admission.
Students can be admitted to the GCCR in the fall or spring semester. In addition to satisfying the admission standards for graduate education at UH Mânoa (see: manoa.hawaii.edu/graduate/content/admissions-standards), applicants to the GCCR should submit the following documents directly to the Matsunaga Institute for Peace: (1) a completed student information form (available at: www.peaceinstitute.hawaii.edu/academic-programs/_downloads/GCCR-application-checklist.pdf; (2) two letters of reference, and (3) a one-page statement explaining your interest and/or background in conflict resolution and what you hope to gain from the GCCR. International students must have a 600 (paper), 250 (computer), and 100 (internet) TOEFL score to be admitted.
Requirements for Completing the GCCR
All students are required to complete fifteen (15) credits from an approved list of courses, including at least one foundational course in Negotiation (which can be satisfied through successful completion of one of the following courses: PACE 629/PLAN 629 Advanced Negotiation; LAW 508/CEE 614 Negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution; MGT 660 Negotiation; or a substitute course in negotiation that is approved by the Graduate Chair). Prior to completing the Graduate Certificate, each student must also complete a "culminating project" under the supervision of the advisor or the Graduate Chair. This culminating project may be fulfilled either by successful completion of a Capstone Paper undertaken as part of PACE 699 (Directed Reading and Research) or through successful completion of a practicum project undertaken as part of PACE 695 (Conflict Resolution Practicum). The credits earned in PACE 699 and PACE 695 will count towards the 15-credits required for the Graduate Certificate.
Students will choose their remaining credits from the following list of approved courses. Successful completion of the GCCR requires an average grade point of 3.0 in courses taken for a letter grade. Every course counted towards the GCCR must be taken for a letter grade unless the course is only offered on a Credit/No Credit basis. A student may apply to the Graduate Chair for approval to substitute a course that is not on this list, providing that the course has substantial conflict resolution content and will enrich the student’s course of study.
In addition to the courses listed above, students may apply to the Graduate Chair to count up to two of the following 400-level courses towards the GCCR.
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