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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. Boldfaced courses to be offered in Fall 2020.

Global Conflict


Course Number

  Course Title



Ethnic Conflict in Africa



Globalization, Extractive Industries, and Conflict in Africa


ANTH 444

Primitive Warfare


ASIA 105 

War and Memory in Asia: Twentieth Century and Beyond



Japan in the Age of Warriors*


ASIA 184  

Society and Culture in the Pacific War 



War and the Warrior in Japan


ASIA 430 

Japan in the World


CAMS 100  

Ancient Greece 


CAMS 101  

The Roman Republic and Empire 


CAMS 180

Ancient Warfare


CAS 220


CAS 222N

Foundations of Civic and Community Engagement

CAS 271N

Intercultural Communication


CAS 373

The Rhetorics of War and Peace


CAS 404

Conflict Resolution and Negotiation

CAS 409

Democratic Deliberation

CAS 450W

Group communication theory and research



War in Literature and Film (NEW)


ENGL 128

The Holocaust in Film and Literature


ENGL 182

Literature and Empire



The Cold War in Literature, Politics, and History



War Stories



Readings in Marxist and Poststructuralist Critical Theory*



The Culture of Stalinism and Nazism

GER 128 

The Holocaust in Film and Literature


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 414

Dictators and Their Demise


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



Gender, War, and Militarism

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.