Peace Studies is an interdisciplinary field that begins with the perspective that war and violence are not inevitable aspects of the human condition and that there are more productive and lasting means for addressing human conflicts. Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) draws from political science, sociology, history, anthropology, psychology, and philosophy, among other fields. The PACS program at Juniata is housed by The Baker Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies.
“Those who are prepared to make systemic inquiry into organized and unorganized violence and develop the ability to recognize and create social constellations which most readily promote peace and cooperation will indeed be better prepared to contribute to society and to live useful lives.”
Baker Institute Planning documents, (cited in Daniels, 1999)
Juniata PACS students will:
- Be an agent of change at one of only a dozen undergraduate Peace and Conflict Studies programs in the U.S., and the only one with a student body that is 10 percent international.
- Intern anywhere or everywhere. Past interns have interned at an array of different locations, such as the Carnegie Council in New York City and Peace Corp Volunteerism.
- Learn from international guest speakers, international classmates and on-campus experts in other fields.
- Do all this and more in a cooperative, friendly community.
- Practice peace. Prevent violence. And provide post-conflict resolution.