Offered by: College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences
The interdisciplinary Minor in Nonviolence Studies provides students an opportunity to learn about philosophical, cultural and literary traditions of nonviolence and the histories of nonviolent change. The minor imparts a systematic understanding of nonviolence as a core human virtue, a positive force that is grounded in courage, compassion and conciliation, and is key to creating a peaceful and sustainable future for humanity.
This understanding is especially critical given the many-faceted problems of violence and war. Students taking this minor will feel inspired to become innovators working toward promoting human dignity, advancing social justice and nurturing ecological harmony. At they same time, they will also gain the ability to develop and apply nonviolent methods for resolving conflicts.
Designed to serve as a complimentary emphasis to any major, this interdisciplinary minor will provide students additional career options such as business sector jobs in human resources, industrial and labor relations and conflict management; and public sector positions in community service agencies, correctional institutions, and government departments. Other career paths exist working in the non-profit sector including international agencies, and in non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Moreover, the minor will well serve the professional needs of the future school teachers.