Peace Studies

Peace Studies // Bachelor of Arts

The Peace Studies program offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of peace and conflict that takes students into the community and brings the community into the classroom. Faculty and students work together to create dynamic learning communities that cultivate compassion and develop the knowledge and skills to engage complex, real-world issues. Faculty design and promote active learning environments, encouraging independent and collaborative projects that reflect students' personal passions and commitments. While some students choose to focus on local civic engagement projects and initiatives, others are drawn to work nationally and internationally. The program approaches the study of peace and conflict holistically—with attention to personal and social transformation, to the needs of individuals, communities, and the global commons.

Peace Studies Bachelor’s Degree Highlights

  • Complete an internship and gain on-the-job experience in an organization such as the First Nations Institute, Dead Man Walking School Theatre Project, Denver Justice and Peace Committee, Global Response, Peace Jam Foundation, Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center, and KGNU.
  • Synthesize your education by writing and presenting a thesis in Peace Studies working closely with your professors.

Minor: Naropa offers the option of obtaining a minor in Peace Studies.

Duration: The Peace Studies degree program is 36-credit major offered in the context of Naropa’s contemplative liberal arts core curriculum.

Meet Peace Studies Faculty



Careers of Peace Studies Program Graduates

Many of Naropa’s Peace Studies graduates pursue graduate school in a range of fields, including environmental leadership, journalism, the arts, gender and women’s studies, education, and public health.

Peace Studies majors obtain experience practicing skills in community settings through internships. As a result, upon graduation you’ll be prepared to work for human rights organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), nonprofit organizations, and in grassroots community organizing.

Related Naropa Facilities and Initiatives

Bayard and John Cobb Peace Lecture Series has brought visionaries in the field of Peace Studies to the Naropa and Boulder Community such as Sister Helen Prejean (CSJ), the Sakyöng Mipham Rinpoche, John Paul Lederach, Paula Green, Susan Griffin, and Claude AnShin Thomas.

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