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. Mar. 1, 2018PACS Newsletter - March 1st, 2018PACS Header

    March 1st
    Bi-Weekly Bulletin

    In this newsletter you will find....


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

  3. 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.

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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. 21, 2018C. Henry Smith Oratorical Peace Speech Contest

    The Peace Speech contest was established in order to foster continuing thought and dialogue about peace issues. Each year, Conrad Grebel University College has had several students participate in this event. These speeches will be judged and cash prizes will be awarded. Many of them have gone on to great success in the bi-national contest. Submissions must be in by Friday, March 16th @ 4:00pm to Rachel Reist ( or the PACS Office) or to Ed Janzen ( or the Student Services Office).

  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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