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Concentrators are required to complete six courses as follows.

At least one course in each of the following categories: 

  • Ethical and philosophical approaches to peace, war, and conflict. Courses in this category examine the arguments of different ethical, religious, or philosophical traditions on the conditions under which — if ever — war and violence may be justified. Courses include Philosophy on War and Peace, Christianity and Culture, Ethics and International Relations.
  • In-depth examination of contemporary/modern large-scale conflict. Courses in this category provide a detailed focus on a particular violent conflict or conflicts. Recent courses that would fulfill this requirement include, but are not limited to, Introduction to International Relations, Europe and the Superpowers 1939-19991, and The Civil Rights Movement.
  • Structural causes of violence and conflict. Courses in this category examine social phenomena that are regular causes of conflict or violence, including poverty, ethnic conflict, or racism. Courses that fulfill this requirement include Social Class and Power, Political Anthropology, Modern Latin America.

Concentration Guidelines

• Your concentration must include three different departments.
• No more than two courses from your major may be counted for concentration credit.
• No more than three courses from any one department (excluding your major) may be counted for concentration credit.
• No more than two Study Abroad courses with the director's permission can be counted for concentration credit.

Hampsch Award
Each year the achievements of an outstanding senior concentrator are recognized with the Hampsch Award. The award is based on GPA in PCON courses and a paper of 15-30 pages either submitted in a PCON course or as part of a departmental or honor thesis.