In 1948, Manchester University launched the first undergraduate peace studies degree program in the country. Today, the university offers an interdisciplinary major in peaces studies with concentrations in several different areas related to conflict resolution, nonviolence and international studies. The curriculum is based on a relatively large group of core courses that examine conflict transformation, nonviolence, war and peace, philosophy, religion, environmental studies and social movements. As a whole, the program aims to “explore the frontiers of nonviolent alternatives to conflict.”
Manchester University maintains a close connection to the Church of the Brethren, one of the historic “peace churches.” Its Peace Studies Institute, which sponsors conferences and public programs on issues of peace and justice, and an active undergraduate peace club also serve as another resource to undergraduate peace studies majors.
Dr. Katy Gray Brown