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Peace and Conflict focus award

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Why choose the Peace and Conflict focus award at PCC?

The Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) program is designed to help you explore and understand the complex causes and outcomes of violence, especially political violence. Furthermore, we seek to examine the structural and individual factors that contribute to the goal of peace. Recognizing that conflicts have driven much of history, we seek to better understand both the causes of conflict and the ways to prevent it.

Focus award information

Focus awards won’t appear on your transcript, but they may be earned alongside a certificate or degree. See the requirements and courses.

Degrees and certificates by number of terms to complete
Award Length Financial aid eligible Currently accepting students?
Focus Award: Peace and ConflictLess than 1 year

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What will you learn?

Objectives include providing you with a multi-disciplinary means of exploring the structural causes and manifestations of violence in:

  • Self
  • Society
  • Nation-states
  • Global community

We consider alternatives to violent resolution of conflict. You are encouraged to study, design, and participate in social and political structures that nurture:

  • Economic justice
  • Environmental stability
  • Human rights and justice
  • Peace and security
  • Racial and gender equality
  • Responsible communication

What will you do?

Focus Awards can be used to demonstrate academic and professional interest, critical thinking, and leadership. This award is especially useful for resumes, personal statements, interviews, and applications for internships, scholarships, university admissions, and jobs.

Completing the focus award

Please consult the PACS page of the catalog to see what classes we offer in this subject, Once you have taken the required courses or if you have any questions, please email Dr. Douglas Byrd.

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