Academic Advisor

Rachel Reist

Rachel Reist is the Peace and Conflict Studies Undergraduate Academic and Administrative Officer and Internship Coordinator and is the primary academic advisor for all students pursuing a PACS academic plan.

Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm

Rachel has a Virtual Office open through Waterloo WebEx. You can set up an appointment with Rachel by email at or click "Notify Host" when you enter the Virtual Office to notify Rachel that you are waiting.

Academic Plans

Degree Requirements

All PACS academic plans are made up of half PACS courses and half PACS Approved courses from other departments. This gives students a rich interdisciplinary experience undergirded by a strong foundation in core theory and practice from Peace and Conflict Studies.

The Undergraduate Studies Academic Calendar is the official and primary source for up-to-date degree requirements for all students. Here you will find specific requirements for PACS academic plans, as well as overall Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements.

Students should make sure to note which academic calendar year they are following for their PACS requirements. In particular, the PACS Approved courses included in PACS plans can change from year to year and students need to make sure which list they are registered under. If you are unsure, check the Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements page, or contact the PACS Academic Advisor.

To help students understand their academic plan, the PACS department has created checklists to help students organize and track their requirements.

PACS Streams

The field of Peace and Conflict Studies is very broad and covers a lot of territory from interpersonal to international conflict, theory and practice, local and global issues. There are four streams in PACS are designed to give students a suggested direction of study within the broader field of PACS and assist in course selection based on a student's area of interest.

These are not formal specializations, but rather suggested courses based on student interest.

The four streams of study are: 

Academic Resources

Milton Good Library

The PACS program is located at Conrad Grebel University College, which also houses the Milton Good Library. This library specializes in Peace and Conflict Studies collections and is an excellent resource to PACS students! Laureen Harder-Gissing, the PACS Liaison Librarian, is also located at Grebel and is available to provide specialized research assistance to PACS students.

Student Success Office

The Student Success Office offers study skills workshops, online resources to help you organize and manage your university life (academically and otherwise), peer mentorship programs, and so much more.

Writing and Communication Centre

The Writing and Communication Centre offers workshops, drop-in appointments and online resources to help you improve your writing and communication skills. From getting help on a specific piece of writing to developing those presentation skills, the Writing Centre is a great resource. 

Centre for Career Action

The Centre for Career Action offers workshops, one-on-one career advising, and an abundance of career related resources. Appointments can be booked with a career advisor to discuss career exploration and strategy, job search tactics, mock interviews, and resumes. Generally, you can book up to 3 sessions for each appointment during your time at Waterloo. 

Graduate programs in Canada related to PACS

International graduate programs

Institution Degree
Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
University of Notre Dame
Indiana, U.S.A.
MA in Peace Studies