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.
International exchanges in 25 countries
Available as a major and minor
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First-year courses and beyond
September to December
January to April
*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
Co-op = relevant paid work experience
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.
Sample co-op job titles
- Research & marketing assistant
- Junior project analyst in enterprise strategic initiatives
- Program coordinator
- Workplace campaign coordinator
- Communications assistant
- Project coordinator
Sample co-op employers
- Youth Challenge International
- United Way Waterloo Region Communities
- RBC Financial Group
- Toronto District School Board
- Employment and Social Development Canada
- Live Different
Customize your Bachelor of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies degree
You can add additional areas of expertise to your degree by including one or more of the program's areas of focus.
- Applied Conflict Resolution
- Violence and Nonviolence
- Religion and Culture
- Development, Human Rights, and Social Justice
You can also include one of the minors available to all Waterloo students. Popular choices for Peace and Conflict Studies students include Human Resource Management, Legal Studies, and Political Science.
What can you do with a degree in Peace and Conflict Studies?
Our graduates commonly pursue careers in communications, social services, human resources, and more. They often work for cities, humanitarian organizations, and school boards.
- Fundraising Coordinator – Operation Groundswell
- Junior Consultant – United Nations Development Program Climate Change Team in Vietnam
- Corporate Disaster Preparedness Analyst – Toronto Hydro
- Child & Youth Worker – Humber River Regional Hospital
- Human Resource Generalist – Magna International
- Personal Support Worker – The Darling Home for Kids
- Emergency Shelter Worker – House of Friendship
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Earn a Bachelor of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies