UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018

College of Letters and Science

Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

Christine Wolf, Coordinator, Garland 111, cawolf@uwm.edu, (414) 229-4846

The Certificate Program in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution is a multidisciplinary program with the aim of analyzing and understanding factors that encourage or inhibit war, peace, violence, conflict, or cooperation. The program provides students with practical skills and ideas to help people communicate and cooperate better in order to make sustainable organizational and societal change.


The certificate in peace studies and conflict resolution is open to all students seeking a bachelor's degree from UWM, to students who previously have received a bachelor's degree from UWM or any other accredited college or university, and to those who do not plan to pursue a college or university degree (non-degree students) but who have a strong interest in this subject. To be admitted to the University as non-degree students, individuals must meet regular University admission requirements. The program leading to the certificate is open to students majoring in any field.

Course of Study

A student must complete 18 credits in the program; nine of these must be in advanced courses (300 level and above). All students are required to complete an exit survey before the certificate is awarded.

A 2.500 GPA must be achieved in courses prescribed for the certificate. At least one-half of the work for the certificate must be completed at UWM.

Students interested in the peace studies and conflict resolution certificate program should consult with the coordinator or the advisor to plan a program.

There are three components to the program:

I. Required Courses: Two of the following five courses (6 credits):

PeaceSt 201

Introduction to Conflict Resolution and Peace

Commun 365 (520)

Negotiation Skills

Commun 665

Introduction to Mediation

Commun 675

International Mediation

Pol Sci 175

Introduction to International Relations

II. Required Fieldwork (3 credits):

The purpose of this requirement is to enable the student to engage in peace studies through "practical" experience or research. The student should be engaged in the "practice of peace" through community service, conflict identification and education, environmental awareness, governmental politics, or social change. The area of study must be approved by the coordinator of the peace studies certificate and must meet the requirements of the department through which it is being completed. The fieldwork requirement may be fulfilled in one of three ways: an internship, study abroad, or independent study.

III. Elective Courses (9 credits):

Students are encouraged to construct an area of concentration from their elective credits. Suggested areas of concentration may be geographic and/or thematic, such as:

  • World regions and countries
  • World religions and practices
  • Conflict resolution skills
  • International relations
  • Sustainable development
  • Peace studies/education
  • Environmental studies
  • Social change/social justice
  • Economic development

Following is the list of approved courses. For the specific content and prerequisites of each course, see its listing under the originating department elsewhere in this catalog. Additional courses may be approved with the consent of the Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution Program coordinator.

Africol 218

Conflict and Cooperation in Black-White Relations

Africol 265

Psychological Effects of Racism

Africol 300

Urban Violence

Africol 322

Order and Disorder: The Quest for Social Justice

Anthro 150

Multicultural America

CES 210

Introduction to Conservation and Environmental Science

CES (Bio Sci) 471

Practicum in Natural Resource Management

CES 490

Senior Seminar: Conservation and Environmental Science

Commun 192

First-Year Seminar: "Communication and Conflict" subtitle

Commun 350

Intercultural Communication

Commun 363 (263)*

Communication in Human Conflict

Commun 365 (520)

Negotiation Skills Workshop

Commun 450

Cross Cultural Communication

Commun 631

Current Topics in Interpersonal Communication/Conflict Management: "Genocide and Communication" subtitle

Commun 662

Seminar in Communication: "Communication and Civility" subtitle

Commun 665

Introduction to Mediation

Commun 675

Communication in International Mediation and Peacebuilding

CompLit 230

Literature and Society: "Existentialism" and "Children/Youth as War Casualties" subtitles

CompLit 231

Literature and Religion: (subtitle)

CompLit 232

Literature and Politics: "Contemporary Women Writers and the Ethics of Violence," "Gender and the Historical Novel," “Literature and Human Rights,” “Women and War in Latin America and the Caribbean” subtitles

CompLit 233

Literature and Film: "Film and War" subtitle

CompLit 365 Literatures and Cultures of the Americas: "Border Narratives" subtitle

CompLit 433

Comparative Mythology

Crm Jst 416

Domestic Violence Research

Crm Jst 420

Violence and the Criminal Justice System

Crm Jst 592

Critical Issues in Criminal Justice: "Restorative Justice" subtitle

Econ 353 (474)

Economic Development

Ed Pol 411

Conflict and Change in Community-Based Organizations

Ed Pol 520

Peace Education

Ed Pol 521

Nonviolence in Education

Ed Pol 522

Abusive Relationships: Community Problems, Community Solutions

Ed Pol 579

Current Topics in Cultural Foundations of Education: "Antiracist Education" subtitle

English 150

Multicultural America

English 192

First-Year Seminar: "Vietnam in American Culture" subtitle

English 247

Literature and Human Experience: "Literature of the Ecological Vision" and "Whitman and Ginsberg - Liberating American Bards" subtitles

English 293

Literature and Media: "African American Literature on Film" and "Vietnam in American Culture" subtitles

Ethnic 255

Migration and Gender: Starbucks, Sex Trafficking, and Nannies

Ethnic 375

Global Violence, Disease, and Death

ExcEduc 617

Cooperative Learning: Creative Conflict

Geog 120

Our Physical Environment

Geog 125

Introduction to Environmental Geography

Geog 350

Conservation of Natural Resources

Global 101

Introduction to Global Studies I: People and Politics

Global 201

Introduction to Global Studies II: Economics and the Environment

Global 202

Introduction to Global Studies III: Globalization and Technology

Global 351

Language, Media, and Social Practice in Global Communications

Global 361

Environment and Sustainability

Global 371

Rethinking Global Security

Global 442

Humanitarianism in Global Perspective

Global 447

The Global Politics of Human Rights

Global 451

Access, Security, and Intercultural Contexts in Global Communications

Global 461

The Politics and Policy of Sustainability

Global 471

Strategies for Realizing Security in Global Contexts

Global 499

Ad Hoc: (with appropriate subtitle)

Global 541

Cross-Cultural Management

Global 551

Global Communications Capstone: Future Trends

Global 561

Preparing for Peacebuilding and Social Change

HCA 245

Client Diversity in Health Sciences: An Interdisciplinary Perspective (also offered as BMS/ComSDis/Kin/OccThpy/TherRec 245)

Hebr St 238

Topics in Hebrew/Jewish Literature, Art, and Culture: "The Holocaust in Literature and Film"; "The Arab-Israeli Conflict"; "The Holocaust in Words and Images" subtitles

Hebr St 254

Studies in Hebrew Culture: "The Arab-Israeli Conflict"; "A Home for the Jews"; "Judaism, Christianity, Islam – Three Religions, One God" subtitles

Hebr St 261

Representing the Holocaust in Words and Images

Hist 150

Multicultural America

Hist 200

Historical Roots of Contemporary Issues: "Civil Strife in Northern Ireland" and
“The Civil Rights Movement in America” subtitles

Hist 249

The Second World War in Europe

Hist 280

Islamic Civilization: The Formative Period, ca. 500-1258

Hist 281

Islamic Civilization: The Middle Period, ca. 1200-1805

Hist 282

The Modern Middle East in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

Hist 283

Arab-Israeli Relations: The Search for Peace

Hist 286

The Korean War

Hist 287

The Vietnam War

Hist 358

The Jews of Modern Europe: History and Culture

Hist 363

Germany: Hitler and the Nazi Dictatorship

Hist 364

The Holocaust: Anti-Semitism and the Fate of the Jewish People in Europe, 1933-1945

Hist 370

Topics in the History of Religious Thought: "Buddhist Thought" and "Introduction to Buddhist Thought" subtitles

Hist 385

Political Islam to Zionism: Middle Eastern Intellectual History, 1798-1990

Hist 434

The United States as a World Power in the Twentieth Century

Hist 440

History of the American Working Classes

Hist 457

Military History of the United States

Hist 594

Methods and Theory in the Historical Study of Religion: "Women, War, and Religion in Early Medieval Europe" subtitle

Hist 600

Seminar in History: "Incarcerated – Japanese Americans and World War II"; "The Cold War as History"; "World Wars and Anti-Socialist Politics" subtitles

Honors 200

Honors Seminar: The Shaping of the Modern Mind: "War Stories – Art and Experience from the Front Lines" subtitle

IntlSt 550

Senior Seminar in International Studies: (with appropriate subtitle)

JAMS 661

Seminar in Media Communication and Society: "War and the Media" subtitle

Jewish 261

Representing the Holocaust in Words and Images

PeaceSt 201*

Introduction to Conflict Resolution and Peace

Philos 204

Introduction to Asian Religions

Philos 244

Ethical Issues in Health Care: (subtitle)

Philos 271

Philosophical Traditions: "Western Great Lakes American Indian Philosophy" subtitle

Philos 275

Introduction to Middle Eastern and Western Religions

Philos 355

Political Philosophy

Philos 475

Special Topics in Indian Religious Thought: "Gandhi and Nonviolence" subtitle

Pol Sci 175*

Introduction to International Relations

Pol Sci 316

International Law

Pol Sci 328

The Arab-Israeli Conflict

Pol Sci 333

Seminar in Comparative Politics: "Collective Violence and the State" subtitle

Pol Sci 337

International Organizations and the United Nations

Pol Sci 338

Seminar in International Politics: (subtitle)

Pol Sci 339

European Integration

Pol Sci 340

Politics of Nuclear Weapons

Pol Sci 359

Problems of American Foreign Policy

Pol Sci 361

History of International Political Thought

Pol Sci 365

Theories and Methods in International Politics

Pol Sci 370

International Conflict

Pol Sci 371

Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict

Pol Sci 419

Constitutional Interpretation

Pol Sci 464

Sex, Gender, and the Law

Psych 611

Current Topics: "Psychology of Conflict, War, and Peace" subtitle

Sociol 150

Multicultural America

Sociol 215

Religion and Society

Sociol 325

Social Change

Sociol 450

Environmental Sociology

Theatre 204

Participatory Theatre

UrbPlan 350

Social Justice, Urban Planning, and the New Multicultural America

Urb Std 360

Perspectives on the Urban Scene: "The Urban Riot" and "Crime and Violence in the City" subtitles

WGS 150 Multicultural America

WGS 201

Introduction to Women's Studies: A Humanities Perspective

* If not selected in Section I.



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