Peace studies is an interdisciplinary academic field that analyzes the causes of war and systemic oppression, and explores processes by which conflict and change can be managed so as to maximize justice while minimizing violence. It encompasses the study of economic, political, and social systems at the local, national, and global levels, and examines ideology, culture, and technology as they relate to conflict and change. In different settings, this field of study is known variously as “peace and conflict studies,” “peace and security studies,” “peace and world order studies,” “justice and reconciliation studies,” “conflict resolution” and so on. What distinguishes this field from others, however, is a concern with the modalities.

Career Opportunities

Entry level positions in the peace and conflict field are diversified and often highly competitive. Functional titles include analyst, program associate/assistant, education coordinator, research assistant, public relations liaison, regional monitor, etc. As an interdisciplinary field conflict resolution positions can be found in a variety of organizations not traditionally thought of as “Peace Groups.” Conflict resolution is often a component of other policy, analyst or non-profit careers. Human resources officers often specialize in mediation and staff bargaining, for instance. These positions, especially at the corporate level, pay substantially more than would be true at a small, grassroots organization.

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PRO TIP: Many of these skills can be acquired in a domestic setting and then transferred to the international arena. If you are unable to go abroad for an internship, look for domestic opportunities to build development, mediation, and research skills.

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