Master of Arts

Interdisciplinary Masters Degree with Peace & Reconciliation Studies concentration,
through the MA in Interdisciplinary Studies Program (MAIS)

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 student—encompasses ten courses in an integrated curriculum that allows teachers and other learners to take graduate-level classes to fulfill their MA requirements.

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IDS Courses. All students take the following IDS courses:

  • IDS 500:  Exploring Interdisciplinarity (3 cr.)
  • IDS 500:  Reverence for Life: Peace, Reconciliation & Community  (3 cr., online, asynchronous seminar)
  • IDS 500:  The Fate of the Hero: War & Reconciliation (3 cr., online, asynchronous seminar)
  • IDS 699:  Thesis writing (3-6 cr.)

Total IDS courses: 12-15 credits


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PAX Courses. All students take the following two PAX courses (6 cr.):

  • PAX 491/591: Forgiveness: Creating a Culture of Peace & Reconciliation (3 cr., online, asynchronous, offered every spring)
  • PAX 410/510: Theories in Peace and Reconciliation Studies (3 cr., online, asynchronous, offered every spring)

PAX Courses–Electives.  In addition, students choose at least two courses (6 cr.) from the following list of regularly offered courses. The live courses may be offered in Orono or at the Hutchinson Center in Belfast. Please check the location.

300 level courses may be taken for graduate credit, under the number PAX 598, through the following process: Notify the Peace and Reconciliation Studies Program Coordinator (Barb Blazej) of your intention to take the 300-level course as a graduate course. Consult with the course instructor about combining the content, goals and requirements of the course with a substantial graduate component. In conjunction with the instructor, write a proposal integrating the content and goals of the 300-level course with appropriate graduate-level work. Send a copy of your proposal to Barb Blazej at barbara.blazej@umit.maine.edu to keep as a record of the graduate work you have done.

A student may take up to three courses at the 400 level for credit in the MA in Interdisciplinary Studies Program.

  • PAX 350: Buddhism, Peace & Contemplative Traditions, 3 cr. online, asynchronous
  • PAX 351: This Sacred Earth: Ecology and Spirituality, 3 cr. online, asynchronous
  • PAX 360: Conflict Resolution: A Relational Approach to Working through Conflict, 3 cr. live course, check for availability and location
  • PAX 370: Building Sustainable Communities, 3 cr. live course, check for availability and location
  • PAX 380: Ecovillages & Ecocities:  Models of Global Restoration, 3 cr. live course, check for availability and location
  • PAX 398: Topics in Peace & Reconciliation Studies (varies each semester, 3 cr.)
  • PAX 400/500: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Beloved Community, 3 cr. online, asynchronous, offered every spring
  • PAX 401/501: Women Activists: Warriors for Peace & Justice, 3 cr. online, asynchronous
  • PAX 451:  Mediation: Premises, Practices & Policy, 3 cr. live course, check for availability and location
  • PAX 452:  Advanced Study in Transformative Mediation, 3 cr. live course, check for availability and location
  • PAX 453:  The Camden Conference, subject varies each year, 3 cr. live course, offered in several locations every spring
  • PAX 470:  Sustainable Communication:  The Theory & Practice of Nonviolent Communication, 3 cr. live course, check for availability and location
  • PAX 498:  Special Projects in Peace Studies (independent study, available upon request and consultation with the program coordinator)
  • PAX 598:  Independent Graduate Study, 3 cr.

Total PAX courses: 12 credits

Total required courses: 24-27 credits

Electives  (6 cr.)
Students choose two electives from a wide range of university courses offered at the graduate level or the upper undergraduate level. Please consult with your Peace and Reconciliation Studies advisor.

TOTAL CREDITS IN THE MAIS (with Peace & Reconciliation Studies concentration): 30-33 cr.

Sample curriculum checklist for Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with Peace and Reconciliation Studies Concentration

Full time 

Year One

Fall semester

____ IDS 500: Exploring Interdisciplinarity (required)

____ IDS 500: The Fate of the Hero: War & Reconciliation OR IDS 500: Reverence for Life (required)

____ PAX or other elective

Spring Semester

____ PAX 510: Theories in Peace and Reconciliation Studies (required)

____ PAX 591: Forgiveness: Creating a Culture of Peace & Reconciliation (required)

____ PAX or other elective

*** At the end of 12 hours or 3 semesters, a Program of Study (POS), complete with thesis project, must be filed with the graduate school.  This form is available for download from the Graduate School website, or at the Graduate School in Stodder Hall.  The MAIS 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.

Summer

____ PAX or other elective


Year Two

Fall Semester

____ IDS 500: The Fate of the Hero OR Reverence for Life (required)

____ PAX or other elective

Spring Semester

____ IDS 699: Thesis credit (3-6 credits, required)

Defense + Graduation

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

It is possible, by choosing courses offered through distance delivery and online, to complete this MAIS degree via Distance Education. Please note, though, that not all PAX elective courses are available via distance education.  Also, some of the graduate electives in other areas are available via distance education and some are not. 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.

SUMMARY:

Total required IDS courses: 12-15 credits

Total required PAX courses: 12 credits

Total required courses: 24-27 credits

Electives: 6 credits

Total credits for the MA in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Peace & Reconciliation Studies:  30-33

For more information, email the Peace & Reconciliation Studies Office at Peace.Studies@umit.maine.edu.

Revised August 2015