Courses for your Peace and Conflict Studies degree

First-year courses and beyond

September to December

  • Choose one from:
    • PACS 101 – Peace is Everybody's Business
    • PACS 201 – Roots of Conflict, Violence and Peace
    • PACS 202 – Conflict Resolution
  • Arts First requirement 1*
  • Three additional courses

January to April

  • Choose one from:
  • Arts First requirement 2*
  • Three additional courses

*The Arts First requirement consists of two first-year courses that are capped at 25 students: ARTS 130 – Inquiry and Communication and ARTS 140 – Information and Analysis. Instead of listening to a lecture and trying to capture notes, Arts First courses will have you and your classmates working together to respond to a challenge posed by the instructor.

After first year

About 40% of the classes you’ll take will be Peace and Conflict Studies courses. With your remaining classes, you can choose electives from many of the 100 subject areas.

Sample upper-year courses

PACS 323 – Negotiation: Theories and Strategies
PACS 329 – Restorative Justice
PACS 331 – Trauma, Healing, and Conflict Resolution
PACS 333 – Advanced Mediation Practice


Advisors are here to help

With so much flexibility, you might have a lot of questions. We're here to help! If you're applying for admission, contact Jackie Jones our Faculty of Arts recruitment coordinator.

Once you're a Waterloo student, you'll have access to academic advisors who can help you

  • choose your courses,
  • select minors and specializations,
  • ensure that you're meeting the requirements for your degree, and more.

Next steps