The Peace and Conflict Resolution Major at Arcadia is designed to provide students with practical knowledge and conflict analysis skills, so they can understand the root causes of conflict and violence in domestic and international settings. Students are trained in the theoretical frameworks used to understand conflict and conflict resolution, along with the applied skills of conflict transformation, facilitation, stakeholder and policy analysis, and critical thinking.
You will be equipped with the tools to prevent, de-escalate, manage, and resolve a wide range of conflicts in a variety of contexts. Arcadia’s Peace and Conflict Resolution faculty develop authentic relationships with students through hands-on learning experiences, whether it be engaging in-class simulations or experiential learning outside of the classroom. The skills learned in the Peace and Conflict Resolution Major are applicable to professional workplaces, community organizations, international advocacy groups, and/or government agencies.
Students in this major also benefit from Arcadia’s vast global network of study abroad programs and experienced faculty who travel the globe with students. For students interested in attending graduate school, the Peace and Conflict Resolution Major has direct pathways to the International Peace and Conflict Resolution Master of Arts program at Arcadia and the International Relations and Diplomacy Master of Arts program at the American Graduate School in Paris, France. There are both assured admissions and accelerated admissions with each of these MA programs.
Explore the nature of international and internal conflict in the modern era, including the characteristics of conflict at various stages. You will learn core concepts of the field and the competing theoretical explanations for the causes of conflict, as well as the various strategies available to respond to crisis and conflict. Study preventive action, conflict management, and post-conflict peacebuilding.
You will look at the foreign policies of each U.S. presidential administration from Truman to the present day. Draw extensively upon theories of foreign policy and detailed study of historical events. Learn about continuity and change in the crafting of foreign policy strategy and the implementation of policy over time.
Study a broad range of global ethical issues through in-depth and focused studies of contemporary debates from a competing variety of philosophical and political perspectives. Each week you will examine a new topic, such as global poverty, climate change, nationalism, and transnational LGBTQ+ protections.
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