Academic Advisor | Academic Plans | Degree Requirements | PACS Streams | Additional Resources

Academic Advisor - Rachel Reist

Rachel ReistContact Information:


Phone: 519-885-0220 ext. 24269

Office: CGUG 2103B

Rachel is the Peace and Conflict Studies Undergraduate Academic and Administrative Officer and Internship Coordinator and can provide academic and career advising for prospective and current PACS Students.

Please email Rachel to make an appointment, or drop by her office for a walk in appointment.

Academic Plans

Degree Requirements

Peace and Conflict Studies is part of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Waterloo. 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 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: 

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Additional Resources


The University libraries are more than just stacks of books: they also offer group and single study areas, research resources, access to restricted databases and journals, an inter-library loan system, tailored subject guides specifically for your program, and more!

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. 

Talent Egg, an online job board and career resource for students and recent graduates has published a 2014 Recruitment Survival Guide filled with tips, strategies, and resources to help you find a job. 

PACS Society represents all undergraduate PACS students and organizes events throughout the term. You can simply join the PACS Society community and come out to events or apply to an executive position.

WPIRG (Waterloo Public Interest Research Group) is a place for research and education on environmental and social justice issues. They host workshops and events, such as film screenings and provide a space for action groups to work on their specific projects. ​

Student Health Services offers medical appointments, dispensary services, nutrition/dietary services and workshops and online resources to keep you in tip-top shape throughout the term.

UW Counseling Services offers free counseling and assessments to help you work through any issues you may be dealing with, develop strategies to manage stress, and answer any questions or concerns you may have. They also offer workshops on topics such as stress management, procrastination, depression, health and wellness, etc.

The Centre for Peace Advancement is open to undergraduate student, and is a space where students an explore concrete ways to actively build peace during their undergrad.

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