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Academic Program


Peace and Reconciliation Studies is defined as the interdisciplinary examination of the conditions that make for peace, with a special emphasis on reconciliation (forgiveness) as a vital factor in the realization of peace. It also investigates the obstacles to the realization of these conditions, drawing on theories and methods from diverse disciplines to focus on what makes for the development of a just and peaceful world order. Peace and Reconciliation Studies relates scholarship to praxis and challenges those who engage in it to develop new ways of thinking and acting in the world. The program offers two undergraduate and one graduate programs. See below for Minor details.

Interdisciplinary Curriculum

Peace Studies offers an 18-credit Interdisciplinary Curriculum (similar to a minor). Click here for requirements.

Certificate in Peace and Reconciliation Studies

Peace and Reconciliation Studies offers an 18-credit online interdisciplinary certificate (with some live course options). Click here for requirements. Any course with a PAX designator that is offered at any UMS site, is also part of the Peace and Reconciliation Studies Curriculum. If there is a course outside of Peace and Reconciliation Studies that you feel has value and relevance, and you wish to take it as part of your program, please contact the academic director, James Toner,

The Peace and Reconciliation Studies Interdisciplinary Masters Degree through the MALS (Master of Arts in Liberal Studies) Program

The University of Maine Peace and Reconciliation Studies Program focuses on education for peace, justice, human rights, nonviolence, tolerance, global understanding, interdependence and mutuality, and environmental responsibility. As a dramatically emerging field, Peace Studies—ideally suited for the typical MALS adult students—encompasses nine courses in an integrated curriculum that allows teachers and other learners to take graduate-level classes to fulfill their MALS requirements. Click here for program requirements.

Sample Curriculum checklist
Full time study

Year One

Fall semester

____ LIB 500: Interdisciplinary Approaches (required)

____LIB 500: The Fate of the Hero: War & Reconciliation OR LIB 500: The Ethic of Care: A Feminist Perspective (required)

(PAX or other elective)

Spring Semester

____PAX 510: Theories in Peace and Reconciliation Studies (required)

____PAX 591: Forgiveness: Peace & Reconciliation (required)

(PAX or other elective)

*** at the end of 12 hours or 3 semesters. Program of study, complete with thesis project, must be filed with the graduate school. Student must have an advisor who is a regular member of the graduate faculty, and 2 committee members, who are also members of the graduate faculty.


1 course PAX or other elective

Year Two

Fall Semester

____LIB 500: The Fate of the Hero OR The Ethic of Care (required)

PAX or other elective

Spring Semester

____LIB 699: Thesis credit (up to 6 credits allowed) (required)

Defense + Graduation

Other ways of thinking about the program:

6 credit hours defines full-time graduate status, so the above curriculum can be modified to take up to 6 years to complete.

At the end of 12 hours or 3 semesters, your Program of Study, complete with thesis project, must be filed with the graduate school. Student must have an advisor who is a regular member of the graduate faculty, and 2 committee members, who are also members of the graduate faculty. This form is available for download at the Graduate School website or at the Graduate School, now located in Stodder Hall.

PAX 510 and 591 are required, plus 2 more PAX courses of your choice, for a total of 12 PAX courses.

It is possible, by choosing courses offered through distance delivery and online, to take all courses via Distance Education. Please note though that not ALL LIB and PAX courses are available via distance education; some of the graduate electives in other areas are available via distance education and some are not. There are PAX courses available on site through the Orono campus and the Hutchinson Center, as well as other venues. You should work closely with your graduate advisor to locate appropriate courses supportive of the concentration and your Master’s Project.

The degree MUST be completed within 6 years of admission.


Total LIB courses: 12-15 credits.

Total PAX courses: 12 credits.

Total required courses: 24-27 credits.

Electives: Students may choose from a wide range of electives offered at the graduate level or the upper undergraduate level. Please consult with your Peace and Reconciliation Studies advisor.

3-6 credits.

Total credits for the MALS concentration in Peace & Reconciliation Studies: 30-33

Revised May 2009

For more information, please contact Tina Passman, Graduate Coordinator, Peace & Reconciliation Studies at

Peace & Reconciliation Studies
5725 East Annex, Rm 202
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: (207)581-2609 | Fax: (207)581-2640
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469