Peace and Conflict Studies at Messiah College
Do you want to understand and resolve conflict in the world? Are you interested in being a mediator for peaceful outcomes between individuals and groups? A degree in peace and conflict studies may be right for you.As a peace and conflict major at Messiah College, you'll learn about the nature of conflict and about the Christian foundations for peacemaking and reconciliation. As you learn about the relationship of justice to peacemaking, you'll also become actively involved in nonviolent conflict mediation and reconciliation through an internship or practicum.
The interdepartmental peace and conflict major is structured to allow you to pursue electives, a minor or a double major. Off-campus study opportunities include: American Studies Program in Washington, D.C.; China Studies Program; Middle East Studies Program (Cairo, Egypt); Uganda Studies Program, and many more.
Integrating academic and experiential learning into a lifelong vocation, you'll be prepared to successfully pursue conflict transformation in graduate school, the workplace, or through ministry and service opportunities.
Peace and conflict studies major distinctives
As a peace and conflict studies major at Messiah College, you’ll be able to:
- Customize your degree by selecting from electives in biblical and religious studies, history and sociology/anthropology
Learn skills in mediation, communication and social analysis in order to engage in conflict transformation in personal, group, organizational and political settings
- Gain hands-on experience using conflict mediation in an internship or practicum which allows you to develop your skills in a specific area of interest
- Experience another country for a semester to understand peacemaking and reconciliation from the perspective of a different culture
- Engage in research, scholarship and practical action related to conflict transformation and peace and conflict studies
- Immerse yourself in the senior seminar which integrates disciplinary and experiential learning to enable you to pursue peace and conflict transformation as a vocational calling
- Prepare for graduate programs in conflict transformation
Career options for peace and conflict studies majors
As a graduate of the peace and conflict studies program, students are equipped to secure positions such as:
- Positions in areas such as politics, NGOs, education and law
- Positions in international development
Internship opportunities for peace and conflict studies majors
Messiah’s nationally recognized internship program places students in a variety of peace and conflict studies internships.
- Students can complete internships locally through Messiah's Internship Center in many different kinds of organizations depending on student interests as well as internationally through study abroad programs or the Agape Center for Service and Learning.
Learn more about the Sider Institute
The Peace and Conflict studies major is housed in the Sider Institute for Anabaptist, Pietist and Wesleyan Studies. Learn more about the Sider Institute by visiting our website, or check out some of the distinctives below.
- The Sider Institute for Anabaptist, Pietist and Wesleyan Studies is named for professor emeritus E. Morris and Leone Sider, in honor of their faithful and continuing service to Messiah College and the Brethren in Christ Church.
- This Institute sponsors lectures and a conference each year.
- The Institute is the primary research unit at Messiah College articulating
the College’s theological heritage, it is also the only scholarly
research organization for the Brethren in Christ Church. In that
capacity, it oversees the Brethren in Christ Archives which contains documents and artifacts relating to the church.
- The Institute sponsors the Wittlinger Scholarships for Anabaptist, Pietist, Wesleyan, and Brethren in Christ Research.