About Peace and Conflict Studies

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What is PACS?

In the Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) undergraduate program you will explore why conflict and violence occur, and understand how conflict can be transformed by "collaborative decision-making" to accomplish constructive ends.

Within the parameters of the mission of Conrad Grebel University College, the PACS mission states: "In a manner consistent with Mennonite Anabaptist beliefs, the mission of PACS is to educate students to pursue peace and justice in the context of diverse investigations into the origins and nature of conflict and violence. The program strives to educate, invigorate and mobilize students to make use of conceptual and/or practical models to imagine and build a culture of peace between individuals, in our communities, among nations and around the world."

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Who are PACS students?

You! All students at the University of Waterloo are able to take PACS courses.

PACS can be taken as an Honours, 4-year general, or 3-year general major, as well as a minor. You can also be combined it with another discipline in Arts, or another faculty, at University of Waterloo through a joint major.

As a PACS student, you have the option to pursue a more specialized stream of study. These streams are designed to encourage you to direct your learning within a specific area of study of PACS.

We also offer a Master’s of Peace and Conflict Studies program that you are able to apply to after you have completed four years at university in any discpline.

Why Should I Study PACS?

career pathsThe big question on your mind is probably "but what job will I get?" or "why should I study PACS?".

PACS offers you a unique interdisciplinary Arts degree. Through this program you will develop the ability to evaluate what is just, what is fair, and what is inherently good. PACS recgonizes that multifaceted problems faced in our society (climate change, poverty, inequality to name a few) require multifaceted approaches. PACS does not encourage textbook result, but instead will fosters the growth of your intellectual capacity to attack those issues and ask the questions that matter.

Our graduates go on to work in a wide range of fields, holding a variety of positions. From academia, to international development, Directors of NGOs, law, government, and policing, your PACS Degree can take you whereever you want to go.


For more information, contact Rachel Reist, PACS Undergraduate Officer and Internships Coordinator.

What is PACS | PACS students | Why Study PACS | Contact us