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.
- Experience transformational learning. Pursue an internship and take classes with specialists in peacebuilding who will share both their academic and practical expertise.
- Enrich your education. Connect with other students and professors who share your passion by joining the Peace and Conflict Studies Living Learning Community at Conrad Grebel University College, located on Waterloo’s main campus.
- Available as a regular or co-op program
- Available as a major and minor
- Graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies
- Offered by the Faculty of Arts
What will you learn?
During your first year, you'll take two introductory Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) courses. Plus, you'll have electives to explore an additional major of your choosing. In upper years, 40% of the classes you'll take will be PACS courses.
Learn about courses you'll take for your PACS degree.
Customize your 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.
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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
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
Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including
- Any Grade 12 U English (minimum final grade of at least 70%)
Admission average: Low 80s (co-op and regular)
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Questions about courses, programs, requirements, careers?
Please contact Jackie Jones, our Faculty of Arts recruitment coordinator who can answer any questions you have.