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)

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.

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

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

Introductory Honors Seminar in Social Sciences

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.


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)

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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