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Global Conflict

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.

Courses for Fall 2022

Course Number
Course Title
AFR/PLSC 443
Ethnic Conflict in Africa
ASIA 105
War and Memory in Asia: Twentieth Century and beyond
CAMS 101
The Roman Republic and Empire
CAS 409
Democratic Deliberation
CAS 450W
Group communication theory and research
ENGL 128N
The Holocaust in Film and Literature
GER 128
The Holocaust in Film and Literature
GER/RUS 143
The Culture of Stalinism and Nazism
HIST 473
Contemporary Middle East
PLSC 414
Dictators and Their Demise
PLSC 436
Civil Wars

Other Global Conflict Courses

Course Number
Course Title
CAS 220
Persuasion
AFR/PLSC 443
Ethnic Conflict in Africa
AFR/PLSC 464
Globalization, Extractive Industries, and Conflict in Africa
ANTH 444
The Evolution of War
ASIA 105
War and Memory in Asia: Twentieth Century and beyond
ASIA 184
Society and Culture in the Pacific War
ASIA 430
Japan in the World
ASIA/HIST 480
Japan in the Age of Warriors
ASIA/JAPNS 432
War and the Warrior in Japan
CAMS 100
Ancient Greece
CAMS 101
The Roman Republic and Empire
CAMS 180
Ancient Warfare
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
CMLIT 440
War Stories
CMLIT 45x
War in Literature and Film (NEW)
ENGL 128N
The Holocaust in Film and Literature
ENGL 182
Literature and Empire
ENGL 183N
The Cold War in Literature, Politics, and History
GER 128
The Holocaust in Film and Literature
GER/RUS 143
The Culture of Stalinism and Nazism
HIST 140
The Israel-Palestine Conflict
HIST 144
The World at War: 1939-1945
HIST 454
American Military History (or HIST 478, whichever HIST chooses)
HIST 473
Contemporary Middle East
HIST/ASIA 184
Society and Culture in the Pacific War
PLSC 091
Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies
PLSC 434
War and Development in Africa
PLSC 436
Civil Wars
PLSC 437
War in World Politics
PLSC 439
The Politics of Terrorism
PLSC 443
Ethnic Conflict in Africa
PLSC 450H
Genocide and Tyranny
PLSC 491
Peace and Conflict Studies Seminar
SOC 425
Social Conflict
SPAN 488
War, Revolution and the Struggles for Modernity: Spain 1898-1939
WMNST 350
Gender, War, and Militarism

Courses Outside the Liberal Arts

Course Number
Course Title
GEOG 328
War, Peace, and Diplomacy: Understanding Contemporary Geopolitics
SRA 111
Introduction to Security and Risk Analysis
SRA 211
Threat of Terrorism and Crime

400 Level Courses With No Prerequisites

Course Number
Course Title
ASIA/HIST 480
Japan in the Age of Warriors

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.