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Global Conflict

This Option examines war, peace, and security on a global and historical scale to reveal the contingent decisions, random accidents, and devious schemes which continue to be at the root of violence around the world. This Option studies conflicts great and small, from tribal warfare to national and international wars, revolutions, acts of terrorism, and so on. It also considers successful and unsuccessful efforts to halt conflict, and how and why approaches to and experiences with peace can affect conflict situations.

Global Conflict

Course Number

  Course Title


Ethnic Conflict in Africa


Globalization, Extractive Industries, and Conflict in Africa

ANTH 444

Primitive Warfare


Japan in the Age of Warriors*

ASIA 184  

Society and Culture in the Pacific War 

ASIA 493 

Japan in the World

CAMS 100  

Ancient Greece 

CAMS 101  

The Roman Republic and Empire 

CAMS 180

Ancient Warfare

CAS 373

The Rhetorics of War and Peace


War in Literature and Film (NEW)


Readings in Marxist and Poststructuralist Critical Theory*


The Culture of Stalinism and Nazism

GER 128 

The Holocaust in Film and Literature

FR 455

France at War

HIST 144

The World at War: 1939-1945

HIST 140

The Israel-Palestine Conflict


Society and Culture in the Pacific War

HIST 454

American Military History (or HIST 478, whichever HIST chooses)

HIST 473

Contemporary Middle East

PLSC 091

Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies

PLSC 436

Civil Wars

PLSC 437

War in World Politics

PL SC 439

The Politics of Terrorism

PL SC 443

Ethnic Conflict in Africa

PLSC 491

Peace and Conflict Studies Seminar

SOC 425

Social Conflict

SPAN 488

War, Revolution and the Struggles for Modernity: Spain 1898-1939



Courses Outside the Liberal Arts

SRA 111

Introduction to Security and Risk Analysis

SRA 211

Threat of Terrorism and Crime

 ****400 level courses with asterisks do not have prerequisites. ****

Majors should select 21 credits in the Option courses. 

-15 credits of these 21 will be in a single Option concentration (no more than 6 credits towards the Option completion are to be from courses in a single department).

-6 credits of these 21 are from other Options.

-At least 12 credits must be taken at the 400 level or higher.