About Peace & Reconciliation Studies
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 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.
The program consists of an articulated series of courses in selected areas. You may choose to study great activists for peace and reconciliation, peace and popular culture, including technology, permaculture, ecology and spirituality, and perhaps take a travel-study course. You will study the theories of peace and reconciliation, perspectives and perceptions of nonviolence, and seek opportunities to practice what you are learning, through a variety of means, and to present your research at periodic Peace Conferences held at UMaine and elsewhere.
For more information, please contact Peace.Studies@umit.maine.edu or 207.581.3113.
“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we reach that goal.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.
Peace & Reconciliation Studies Minor
Peace Studies offers an 18-credit Interdisciplinary Curriculum leading to a minor. See requirements.
Certificate in Peace and Reconciliation Studies
Peace and Reconciliation Studies offers an 18-credit online interdisciplinary certificate (with some live course options). See 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 program coordinator at Peace.Studies@umit.maine.edu.
The Peace and Reconciliation Studies Interdisciplinary Masters Degree through the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary 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 MA in Interdisciplinary Studies adult students—encompasses ten courses in an integrated curriculum that allows teachers and other learners to take graduate-level classes to fulfill their MA requirements. See program requirements.
What can I do with a Certificate, Minor or Masters in Peace and Reconciliation Studies?
A peace studies education prepares students for a wide variety of careers. Graduates become researchers, educators, negotiators, mediators, government officials, business people, activists, and professionals in organizations focused on human rights, dispute resolution, environmental protection, international law, and human and economic development.
Gandhi said that there is no education happening unless there is peace education at the core. He said this is true whether we’re talking about engineering, science, arts or the humanities. Peace and reconciliation students understand Gandhi’s point and faculty realize the importance of partnership pedagogy in building a culture of peace, nonviolence, reconciliation, forgiveness and restorative justice.