methods in peace

Develop your skills and understandings to promote equity and respect with a minor in Peace Studies. The interdisciplinary program combines philosophical inquiry, historical knowledge, critical analysis of contemporary social conditions, experiential learning and a deep commitment to educating and empowering students for citizenship in a world of greater peace, equity and social justice.


Experiential EducationHands-on Knowledge

Attend film screenings by social activists hosted by the Fisher Center for the Study of Gender and Justice or volunteer with local community groups as part of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning.

At Hobart and William Smith, learning goes beyond textbooks and classrooms. You’ll gain high-impact practical experience that deepens learning and opens doors.



No Borders:Global Education

Study social change in Jordan or women’s rights in Belgium.

Wherever you go, our top-ranked global education program will allow you to apply classroom knowledge, develop cultural understanding and build global connections that expand your personal capacity and sense of purpose.


See the theories, experiences and histories of people and places working to bring about peace and unity.

PCST 201 – Teaching Peace 

Explore the effort of activists in peace work through their writings, interviews and by working alongside them.

HIST 285 – The Middle East: Peace and Conflicts

Examine the historical, social, and ideological roots of conflict in the Middle East and the prospects for a durable peace and sustained development in the region.

SOC 290 – Sociology of Community Peace

Examine the concept of community as it has been applied to kinship groups, neighborhoods and rural and urban settlements.

Alum ImpactReady for Purpose

Graduates of the Peace Studies program have gone on to careers in law, human services, education, retail and more. 

Examples of employers include:

  • Holy Apostles College and Seminary
  • Children's Village
  • Watson Farley & Williams
  • Northwestern Mutual 
  • Zugibe Vineyards