Peace and Conflict Studies

Choose a degree that can change the world

Find out how peace is built in complicated situations around the world by connecting theory and practice.

Choose courses from a wide variety of subjects to tailor your program towards your own area of interest. Experience community through small classes and engaged professors. Explore the theory and practice of conflict resolution, human rights, and international development, and get some first-hand experience through co-op placements or a Peace and Conflict Studies internship.

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.

You’ll learn from renowned specialists in peacebuilding who bring both academic and practical expertise. Build even closer ties to your classmates and professors by joining the Peace and Conflict Studies Living-Learning Community at Conrad Grebel University College, located on Waterloo’s main campus.

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Apply to Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business and choose Peace and Conflict Studies as your major at the end of first year.

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Taylor originally came to Waterloo to study Psychology, but after taking the Roots of Conflict, Violence, and Peace course in second year, she knew she had to switch her major to Peace and Conflict Studies. Taylor was able to explore potential careers through co-op work terms and volunteer opportunities at the on-campus Women's Centre, Fossil Free Waterloo, Lawyers Feed the Hungry, and Peace Camp.

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