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This concentration in the Master of Global Affairs is for students committed to building sustainable peace and justice through careers in policy analysis and political change, government and organizational leadership, and conflict analysis and transformation. You’ll join a global network of more than 500 master’s graduates addressing violent conflict and peace, human rights and human development, environmental sustainability, and related issues.
Peace studies is an interdisciplinary field that examines the causes of violent conflict — including war, terrorism, genocide, and violations of human rights — and develops ways to prevent armed violence and build peaceful and just societies, systems, policies, institutions and relationships.
Strategic peacebuilding focuses on the structural roots of violence and on inclusive, sustainable efforts to transform conflict at all levels of society.
Through the Integration Lab (i-Lab), most students in International Peace Studies engage in extended fieldwork (July to December of the second year) with an organization at field sites in Colombia, South Africa, Israel/Palestine, Uganda, the Philippines, and Washington, D.C. Students then return to Notre Dame for additional elective courses and to develop their capstone project.