Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies

Promoting Peace and a Global Beloved Community Through Nonviolence

Nonviolence & Peace Courses


PSY 478: Applications in Psychology: Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation Training (3cr)

Professor Paul Bueno de Mesquita, PhD

This topical applications course is an applied hands-on learning experience that examines peace leadership and nonviolence strategy through a series of workshop modules with a focus on the philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Students explore models of social change, types and levels of conflict, historical and contemporary research examples of nonviolent peace movements, as well as the principles and practical steps of nonviolence.

PSY 489: Problems in Psychology: Independent Study (3 cr)

Professor Paul Bueno de Mesquita

Independent study on a focused topic related to nonviolence and peace studies. Credits may be earned through scholarly or empirical research. Small scale social action research and program evaluation projects are typically completed under the supervision. Registration requires permission by the instructor.

PSY 489-0006: Problems in Psychology (Independent Study) (3 cr)

Professor Charles Collyer

Undergraduate students may contact me to discuss independent study in nonviolence theory and practice, civil rights history, nonviolent social change movements, and related topics. Registration is by permission number.

PSY 499: Psychology Practicum (1-3cr)

Professor Paul Bueno de Mesquita

Applied training experience through the Center’s International Nonviolence Summer Institute.

PSY 499/PSY 670: Psychology Practicum: Violence Prevention in the Schools (1-3 cr)

Professor Paul Bueno de Mesquita

Applied field experience through off-campus practicum placements and/or internships focusing on the delivery of primary prevention programs in school-based settings. For undergraduate (PSY 489) and graduate (PSY 670) students.

PSY 425: Peace Psychology (online course)

Professor Pamela Zappardino

Peace psychology combines aspects of cognitive, social, clinical and cross-cultural psychology that bear on the prevention of violence and the promotion of constructive nonviolent behavior.

Nonviolence and Peace Studies

NVP 200: Nonviolence and Peace Studies Colloquium (1 cr)

A series of speakers to introduce a range of issues in nonviolence and peace studies.

NVP 500: Theory and Research on Nonviolence and Peace (3 cr)

Professor Charles Collyer

Surveys selected issues in the interdisciplinary field of Nonviolence and Peace Studies. It focuses on human problem solving in potentially violent situations and the creation of conditions for peace (online).

Honors Program

HPR 110: Psychology of Violence & Nonviolence

Professor Charles Collyer

Introductory Honors Seminar in Social Sciences

HPR 110-0001: Psychology of Violence and Nonviolence (3cr)

Professor Charles Collyer

This is a small freshman seminar (limited to 20 students) in which discussions center around examples of nonviolence as a response to violence and oppression, psychological and other roots of direct and structural violence, nonviolence as peaceful problem-solving, and tasks for nonviolence education. General education course (social sciences).

HPR 200: Nonviolence & Peace Studies Colloquium (1 cr)

Professor Charles Collyer

A series of speakers introduce a range of issues in nonviolence and peace studies.

HPR 307: Tibetan Buddhism Journey to Nirvana (3 cr)

Geshe Thupten Tendhar

The purpose of this course is to invite students on an exploratory journey to the basics of Buddhist history, culture, philosophy, psychology, ethics and logic in the part of the world known as Tibet. Students will acquire a the deeper understanding of Buddhist worldview. The course will examine the origins of Buddhism, the chronology of its introduction into Tibet, and important figures and events in its development over the past 1500 years. It will explore fundamental Buddhist teachings and practices for achieving states of well-being, meditation, enlightenment and nirvana. Specific attention will be given to how Buddhist forms of compassion, meditation and wisdom traditions can contribute to peace and happiness in a chaotic and politically conflicted world.

HPR 319: The World’s Religions and Cultures: Exploring Our Wisdom Traditions and Spirituality (An Honors Tutorial in Interdisciplinary Studies) (3cr)

Professor Art Stein

In exploring the wisdom and traditions of the world’s peoples, we will focus on their role in the lives of individuals, communities and societies. In doing so, we will seek to distill the essence and better understand the spiritual, ethical and social teachings of faith traditions. At their core what do do Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Baha’i, and indigenous peoples share in common? Can shared visions and working together overcome religious divisiveness, and become a major positive source for building a nonviolent, sustainable planetary future?


PHL 217: Social Philosophy


A systematic introduction to the philosophical problems of contemporary social relations: models of community, sources of alienation, property and ownership, the meaning of work and technology, human rights and freedom.

Community Service

CSV 301: Stress Reduction for a Healthier Life (An “Inner Peace” Course)

Sheila G. Mitchell, R.N, B.S.N.

This course responds to the health and wellness needs of our students and community. The presenters will synthezise research articles on stress and the self and teach you proven stress reduction techniques and concepts.


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