Choose a degree that can change the world.
Find peaceful solutions to conflicts large and small and develop a toolkit for creating positive social change.
Understand the factors that drive conflict and violence. Think critically about how peace can be built in complex situations to move towards a healthy society where communities and individuals flourish. Explore the theory and practice of conflict resolution, human rights, and international development.
You’ll learn from renowned specialists in peace-building who bring both academic and practical expertise. Then put your classroom learning to work in a Peace and Conflict Studies internship at home or abroad — students have worked with not-for-profit organizations in more than 50 countries around the world, including Laos, Bangladesh, and Nepal.
Create lasting friendships
Want to build even closer ties to your classmates and professors? Join the Peace and Conflict Studies Living-Learning Community.
Visit former conflict zones
Our third-year travel course gives you on-the-ground education in regions that have experienced conflict.
About Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS)
Earn a Bachelor of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies
International exchanges in 25 countries
Offered by the Faculty of Arts
Available as a major and minor
- Apply to Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business and choose Peace and Conflict Studies as your major at the end of first year.
September to December
January to April
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 Peace and Conflict Studies courses
Customize your Bachelor of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies degree
You can add additional areas of interest and expertise by including a minor or by choosing one of our PACS streams: Applied Conflict Resolution; Violence and Nonviolence; Religion and Culture; or Development, Human Rights and Social Justice.
Gain relevant work experience through co-op
By alternating school terms and paid co-op work terms throughout your degree, you can explore new career areas and types of employers as your career interests evolve. Co-op is available if you choose Peace and Conflict Studies as your major in Honours Arts and Business.
Sample co-op job titles
- Research & Marketing Assistant
- Junior Project Analyst in Enterprise Strategic Initiatives
- Workplace Campaign Coordinator
Sample co-op employers
- Youth Challenge International
- United Way Waterloo Region Communities