IS BA in Peace and Conflict Resolution

In collaboration with the Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) program, the Matsunaga Institute offers a flexible, student-designed Bachelors in Peace and Conflict Resolution. The program’s core includes three courses that give students basic skills and knowledge in peacebuilding, as well as the opportunity to practice conflict resolution. Students are then free to design an academic program that aligns with their interests, needs, and goals. Students work closely with faculty advisors to develop a coherent, multidisciplinary course of study. Students have the flexibility to concentrate on a specific area of interest or to take a broader approach to peace and conflict studies.


Qualifications for a IS BA Degree

  • Enrollment in the College of Arts & Sciences.
  • Proposal of course study submitted.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 or higher to enroll.
  • Upon acceptance, a minimum of 21 credits must be completed while enrolled in the program.
  • Required 2.5 GPA in your major to graduate.
  • No grade below a C.

BA Program Requirements

IS majors must meet University core requirements. The major requires at least 36 credit hours including:

Core Courses (9 credits required)

  • PACE 310: Survey of Peace and Conflict Studies *
  • PACE 495: Practicum and Internship (or faculty approved substitute) *

Select one of the following core skills courses:

  • PACE 447: Introduction to Mediation *; or
  • PACE 429: Negotiation *

Elective Courses (27 credits required)

Selected in consultation with the student’s IS advisor.

  • ANTH 423: Social and Cultural Change
  • BIOL 310: Environmental Issues
  • COM 340: Intercultural Communication
  • COMG 455: Conflict Management *
  • ECON 414: Global Economic Crisis & Recovery
  • FAMR 350: Leadership and Group Processes
  • GEOG 435: Political Geography of Oceans
  • PACE 315: Personal Peace: Stories of Hope *
  • PACE 345/ANTH 345: Aggression, War, and Peace
  • PACE 373/POLS 396: Nonviolent Political Alternatives
  • PACE 399: Directed Reading *
  • PACE 407/ASAN 407: Peace Processes in Philippines and Hawaii
  • PACE 410: History of Peace Movements
  • PACE 412: Gandhi, King and Nonviolence
  • PACE 413: Terrorism
  • PACE 420: Intro to Human Rights: International and Comparative Perspectives *
  • PACE 430: Leadership for Social Change *
  • PACE 436/GEOG 436: Geography of Peace and War *
  • PACE 450: Protests Under Occupation *
  • PACE 460: Indigenous Nonviolent Action in the Asia-Pacific *
  • PACE 468: Introduction to Facilitating Organizational Change *
  • PACE 470: Advocating for Children: Rights & Welfare *
  • PACE 477: Culture and Conflict Resolution *
  • PACE 478: International Law and Disputes *
  • PACE 480: Managing Human Conflict *
  • PACE 485: Topics in Peace and Conflict Resolution *
  • PACE 489: Hiroshima & Peace (Summer Only)
  • POLS 319: International Organization
  • POLS 323: Model UN (1-credit course)
  • POLS 375: Constitutional Law I: Institutional Power
  • POLS 394: Democracy in Organizations
  • SOC 433: Analysis in Law and Social Change
  • WS 304: Women, War and the Military
  • WS 446/SOC 446: Gender & Violence

Only 9 credit hours from any combination of PACE 399 and PACE 495 courses may be applied toward the major.

* Distance learning (online) available.

For more information contact:

Brien Hallett, Matsunaga Institute Faculty

Brien Hallet
Undergraduate Advisor, Faculty
Email: bhallett@hawaii.edu