Kroc Institute introduces peace studies graduate minor

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Since 1986, Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, a globally preeminent institution, has educated scholars on issues of peace, justice, violence, and human rights. In 2008, the Institute first offered a Ph.D. program, and now, as of the fall 2019, graduate students outside the Kroc Institute are offered the opportunity to pursue a new minor concentration in peace studies. The new track allows students from across campus pursuing a terminal master’s or doctoral degree to access courses taught by premier scholars. In its first year, 13 students from the College of Arts and Letters, the College of Engineering, the Law School, the Mendoza College of Business, and the Keough School of Global Affairs enrolled in the new minor.

Catherine Bolten, director of doctoral studies and associate professor of anthropology and peace studies at the Kroc Institute, says, “Over the last decade, peace studies has influenced scholars and students in diverse departments across the College of Arts and Letters through the joint Ph.D. program, but we always believed we were merely scratching the surface of the scholarly and practical interest in peace and conflict that exists in the Notre Dame community.”

“Peace is not merely the absence of war, and it is not limited to maintaining a balance of powers between adversaries. Peace cannot be attained on earth without safeguarding the goods of persons, free communication among men, respect for the dignity of persons and peoples, and the assiduous practice of fraternity. Peace is ‘the tranquility of order.’ Peace is the work of justice and the effect of charity.”

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“The new graduate minor allows students from around the University to enhance their work with rigorous training in peace studies, and we are looking forward to seeing the depth of that interest,” she explains. “We believe peace studies has limitless practical and scholarly applications, and we are excited about collaborating with students across campus.”

The minor requires the completion of three, three-credit, peace studies courses, along with participation in two semesters of the Kroc Institute’s Peace Research Education Seminars, which take place once per month.