Earlham College offers a Peace and Global Studies, or PAGS, program that allows students to “explore strategies for constructing a just and peaceful world.” PAGS has a much larger core curriculum than many other colleges’ peace and conflict studies programs, made up of 9 required classes that begin with a series on economics, history, philosophy and politics. In addition to the core curriculum, PAGS majors pick a series of classes to form a concentration in one of the following areas: 1) Religious Pacifism; 2) Law & Justice; 3) Praxis (Social Movements); and 4) Fourth-Generation Peace Studies (drawing upon postcolonial theory). PAGS majors must also complete an internship; a senior research project that includes a community presentation; and a senior thesis.
The program also emphasizes experiential learning through opportunities for semester-long study in Jordan, the U.S.-Mexico border region, or other opportunities, and/or through participation in the college’s many active student groups involved in progressive causes.
Earlham College is affiliated with the Society of Friends (Quakers), a traditional “peace church.” Quaker values, including the quest for peace and justice, remain an important part of its institutional mission.
Dr. Joanna Swanger