Peace and Conflict Studies

What is Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS)?


Find out how peace is built in complicated situations around the world by connecting theory and practice. Learn from professors and renowned specialists in peacebuilding who have worked in the field. Gain skills and experience through an internship either locally or internationally. Choose courses from a wide variety of university departments and programs to tailor your program towards your own area of interest within the study of peace and justice in a program that recognizes equal value in both the concrete techniques and the theories of peaceful social change.

Who are PACS graduates?

PACS graduates have gone into many careers and used their training in different ways.

To learn more about what students can do after they graduate from PACS, check out our alumni profiles.

  1. Feb. 15, 2018Students question traditional justice practices in favour of a more peaceful alternative ICPF Committee

  2. Feb. 14, 2018February Alumni Profile: Michael HunterMichael Hunter Photo

    Michael Hunter joined Peace and Conflict Studies as a mature student in 2004 to pursue an undergraduate degree, up until that point having not completed a degree during his professional career.

  3. Feb. 5, 2018Beyond Essays: Approaching Peace Education DifferentlyBeyond Essays

    Just under a month ago PACS and the Centre for Peace Advancement teamed up to create a powerful project. Beyond Essays is a collection of arts-based assignments completed by students in the Peace and Conflict Studies program.

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  1. Jan. 8 to Apr. 13, 2018Beyond Essays: Approaching Peace Education DifferentlyBeyond Essays

    Conrad Grebel University College’s Peace and Conflict Studies program (PACS) at the University of Waterloo was the first peace studies program in Canada, and has remained a leader in peace education for 40 years.

  2. Mar. 10, 2018March Break Open House

    Come and see what Grebel and University of Waterloo have to offer! This open house is for students looking to attend UWaterloo in Fall 2018 or beyond! 

  3. Mar. 22, 2018Never Forget the Victims: Prosecuting Charles Taylor, President of Liberia, for War Crimes

    International criminal prosecution is seen by some as an essential tool to end impunity and reduce the extraordinary impact that war crimes and crimes against humanity have on civilians who are trapped in war.  Others criticize international prosecution as simply another form of Westerners attempting to impose their view of justice on a skeptical world while ignoring and silencing the voices of the victims and the communities from which they come. 

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