A.A. in Peace Studies

Peace studies is a growing field in higher education. Students will be prepared for majors in peace studies, conflict resolution, and international relations and will develop skills necessary for rewarding careers in such areas as diplomatic and governmental services, the United Nations, nongovernmental organizations such as Amnesty International, the military, education, labor relations, social and economic development, and humanitarian relief.

Students receiving this degree must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete the District General Education Pattern, CSUGE or IGETC.
    If transferring to a CSU or UC students are strongly recommended to complete the CSUGE or IGETC General Education Patterns. Students looking to transfer to an out of state or private college should consult with a counselor for the appropriate GE pattern selection.
  2. Complete with a “C” or better each course as specified by the major.
  3. Maintain an overall GPA of a 2.0 or better in all degree applicable coursework.
  4. Meet the local area requirement of Kinesiology/Dance.
Required courses:
HUM 123Introduction to Peace Studies - Saving Civilization3
HUM 130Conflict Analysis and Resolution3
BIOL 145Environmental Science3
POLI 116International Relations3
SOC 202Contemporary Social Problems3
Select one (1) of the following courses:
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology - Honors
Great Religions of the World3
Select one (1) of the following courses:
History of the Vietnam War3
Philosophy - Ethics3
Introduction to Social Psychology3
Total Units:21

A.A. Degree Level Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Peace Studies A.A. Degree will:

  1. Demonstrate a knowledge of the historical reasons for warfare at the individual, group, and cultural levels in order to develop strategies for peace.
  2. Demonstrate an awareness and appreciation of the diverse cultures around the world as a strategy for peace.
  3. Demonstrate tolerance and respect for different views and perspectives as an approach to conflict resolution.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the reasons for conflict in the contemporary world in order to develop strategies for peace.

Career Opportunities

There are a variety of careers you can do with this major.


To explore more about this major, schedule an appointment with a career counselor.