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PSVP Minor Checksheet 2015 (PDF | 576KB)

Students Can Now Minor in Peace Studies!

Undergraduate Curriculum

The CPSVP now offers an undergraduate minor in Peace Studies (PSVP).  The minor offers students and opportunity to focus the perspectives and strengths of different academic disciplines on the demanding questions of a complex field.  

The minor requires a minimum of 18 hours. The CPSVP offers two required courses  that provide the foundation for the minor, and a capstone experience that allows students to synthesize and master the information they learned in their previous Peace Studies classes. The introductory course, PSVP 2044: Peace and Violence, is typically taught in the fall semester, and the capstone seminar, PSVP 4014: Global Society, Violence, and the Prospects for Peace, is offered in the spring semester. A third, required course is AAEC 3324: Sustainable Development. The minor is completed by selecting 12 hours of electives from courses offered by a variety of departments and taught by faculty from across Virginia Tech or by visiting scholars. Nine of the electives students select must be in either a Global track or a Local track. 

The Center was envisioned as a hub for inter-organizational dialogue and pedagogy, and our minor allows students to study issues of peace and nonviolence in a holistic manner by integrating the knowledge and skills of individual disciplines.

Download our checksheet by clicking above. Interested students can also email to set up an appointment for academic advising.



Partnership with the University of Turku, Finland

Over the past four years, the CPSVP led the effort to establish a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Turku (Turku, Finland) to formalize VT's partnership with that institution.  Dr. Hawdon continues to work with Dr. Pekka Räsänen and Dr. Atte Oksanen on several violence-related research projects.  They have already published extensively on topics including online hate groups and community responses to mass violence. In addition to their ongoing research, they investigate the extent to which youth are exposed to online hate speech and the effect such exposure has on their online and offline behaviors.

In the spring 2015 semester, the CPSVP will simultaneously offered the Peace and Violence class to VT and Turku students using the Global Technology Center's videoconferencing technology.  The CPSVP is investigating further student-exchange programs with the University of Turku.