Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies

The Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies concentration reflects Bryn Mawr’s and Haverford’s interest in the study of conflicts, peacemaking, and social justice as well as related issues of human rights.

This interdisciplinary program includes courses in the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences through which issues of peace, conflict, social justice, and/or human rights can be highlighted and traced. The concentration offers students the opportunity to sustain a thematic focus across disciplinary boundaries and to enrich their major program in the process.

Students in the concentration can pursue a wide range of theoretical and substantive interests concerning questions such as: intra-state and international causes of conflict; cooperative and competitive strategies of negotiation and bargaining; intergroup relations and the role of culturally constituted institutions and practices in conflict management; social movements; protests and revolutions; the role of religion in social conflict and its mitigation; human rights and transitional justice in post conflict societies; and social justice and identity questions arising from ethnic, religious and cultural diversity and the implications of these constructions for the distribution of material and symbolic resources in society as well as the practical capacities to engage individuals and groups across constructions of difference by linking practice and theory. 

More information about the Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies program is available on the department page on Inside Bryn Mawr.

Student Perspectives

Why should you study Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies? What makes this concentration different? Read more to see the student perspective on this unique department.

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Degree Options

Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice concentration

The concentration in Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies is student designed; rather than require a pre-defined set of courses, the concentration requires each student to select course and provide a rationale for why they should constitute a concentration in Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies.