Peace Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges is an interdisciplinary inquiry into the conditions that promote social justice and the non-violent resolution of conflict in relations among individuals, groups, and societies. It 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. Our objective for the minor in Peace Studies is to prepare students to speak and act in their lives out of deep commitment to creating conditions of social equity and respect for others.
The peace studies program offers an interdisciplinary minor.
If you'd like to view a full listing of our course options in peace studies or any other subject, please visit the Online Course Catalogue.
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Our students choose from a variety of introductory and advanced courses, each designed to provide students with the tools they need for citizenship in a world of greater peace.
Below is a sampling of some of our classes, as well as suggestions for making peace studies a part of your larger interdisciplinary experience at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
Explore the effort of activists in peace work through their writings, interviews, and possibly by working alongside of them. Learn how to practice negotiation, arbitration, conflict transformation, and recognize the legitimacy of anger in this service-learning course, while peace building in the Geneva community. Further explore love, kindness and compassion by enrolling in ASN 225 Tibetan Buddhism.
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. Delve into the complex and changing relations among Arabs and between Arabs and Israelis, as well as the Egyptian and Iranian revolutions, Lebanese sectarianism, Kurdish quest for statehood, the politics of oil and water, secularism, and the challenges of religious fundamentalism. Next, discuss whether or not war is ever morally justified by taking PHIL 155 Morality and War.
Examine the concept of community as it has been applied to kinship groups, neighborhoods, and rural and urban settlements. Also, sharpen your analytic and conceptual abilities, and investigate historical and contemporary utopian and intentional communities. Delve further into this topic by enrolling in HIST 272 Nazi Germany.