Peace and Conflict Studies


Turbulent times like ours call for people who understand systems of violence and conflict, and who are prepared to build peace with justice.  This involves identifying and transforming systems of violence, marginalization, and oppression, including racist, gendered and colonial violence at home as well as around the world. Whether working locally or globally, Peace and Conflict Studies is committed to imagining, educating, and ongoing learning that equips our graduates to pursue justice and peace.

PACS as a department is located on territory that is governed by the Dish with One Spoon Wampum and land promised to the Six Nations Confederacy in 1784 as part of the Haldimand Declaration. For more information, see Conrad Grebel University College's land acknowledgement and read about decolonization at the University of Waterloo's Office of Indigenous Relations.

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 area of interest within the study of peace and justice in a program that recognizes the equal value in both the concrete techniques and the theories of peaceful social change.<--break->

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. Sep. 27, 2022Alumni Profile: Stephanie Goertz reflects on engagement in local politics
    Stephanie Goertz

    Entering her undergraduate program at the University of Waterloo, Stephanie Goertz had no idea how a Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) minor would fit into her career or life.

  2. Apr. 13, 2022Student Profile: Willow Carmount

    Willow Carmount is an Arts and Business Student with a major in Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) at the University of Waterloo in their 3A term. For her second co-op, Willow worked at Renison University College as the Marketing and Recruitment Assistant.

  3. Apr. 13, 2022PACS Bi-Weekly Newsletter - April 13, 2022

    Hello PACS Students,

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