Peace and Reconciliation Certificate

Peace and Reconciliation Studies offers an 18-credit online interdisciplinary certificate (with some live course options). 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 program director Sid Mitchell (

Required Courses: (9 credits)

  • PAX 201: Introduction to Peace Studies (available live at UMaine, online, and sometimes live at the Hutchinson Center)
  • PAX 290: Nonviolence: Perceptions and Perspectives
  • PAX 410: Theories in Peace Studies

3 additional PAX courses from the following list (9 credits):

  • PAX 250: Peace & Pop Culture
  • PAX 260: Realistic Pacifism
  • PAX 350: Buddhism, Peace & Contemplative Traditions
  • PAX 351:  This Sacred Earth: Ecology and Spirituality
  • PAX 360: Conflict Resolution: A Relational Approach to Working through Conflict
  • PAX 370: Building Sustainable Communities
  • PAX 380: Ecovillages & Ecocities:  Models of Global Restoration
  • PAX 398: Topics in Peace Studies (varies each semester)
  • PAX 400: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Beloved Community
  • PAX 401:  Women Activists: Warriors for Peace and Justice
  • PAX 451:  Mediation: Premises, Practices & Policy
  • PAX 452:  Advanced Study in Transformative Mediation
  • PAX 470:  Sustainable Communication:  The Theory & Practice of Nonviolent Communication
  • PAX 491:  Forgiveness: Creating a Culture of Peace & Reconciliation
  • PAX 495:  Advanced Topics in Peace Studies (varies each semester)
  • PAX 498:  Special Projects in Peace Studies (independent study)

Please note that new courses are in development both on site and through distance technology; online courses in related areas are offered each semester and during the summer; a travel-study course in Peace Studies is often offered over Spring Break. This is a dynamic, engaged faculty, and we welcome your interest in this program!