Interdisciplinary Minor

Interdisciplinary Minor

Why minor in Nonviolence & Peace Studies?

Are you interested in issues of social justice and human rights? Would you like to join a team of nonviolence trainers from URI and visit a foreign country as part of an international nonviolence education project? Then an Interdisciplinary Minor in Nonviolence & Peace Studies is the program for you! URI students may declare a Minor in Nonviolence & Peace Studies by completing the one-page Declaration of Minor and taking 18 credits of courses related to nonviolence & peace studies. This form is available from your academic Dean’s office.


 NVP200 – Introduction Nonviolence & Peace Studies Colloquium. (1 credit) This course gives an overview of work in this field, with emphasis on work by members of the URI community, and provides a common experience for students in the Minor.

PSY478 – Special Topics: Nonviolent Conflict Resolution (3 credits) This course is an intensive study of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s nonviolent philosophy, principles, and steps presented in an interactive workshop model. There is an opportunity to earn Level I certification as a nonviolence trainer.

Levels of Application

Study of Individual/Interpersonal Peace Processes. (3 or more credits) COM 221, 422; HDF 450; HPR 107, 110; PSY 479Y, 479H; or SOC 408.

Study of Societal/Global Peace Processes. (3 or more credits) AAF/PSC 380; COM 310, 361; ECN 386; HPR 411; PHL 217; SOC 318; or PSC 420. 

Further Study

Additional Related Courses. (Optional, up to 9 credits) Students may take courses related to Nonviolence & Peace Studies, such as AAF/SOC 240, 336; AAF/HIS 359, 366; AAF/SOC 428; COM 310, 322, 421, 461; ECN 381; HDF 230, 434; HIS 328, 349; PSC 485; PSY 103, 334, 335; PSY/SOC 430; SOC 216, 230, 274, 330, 331, 370, 413, 420, 452; WMS 150, 310, 350, and 351. Consult with the advisor for the Minor on course selections.

Typical Course of Study for a Minor Plan:

NVP200 (1 cr.) Intro to Nonviolence & Peace Studies

PSY425 (3 cr.) Peace Psychology online course

PSY478 (3 cr.) Applications: Nonviolent Conflict Resolution

PSY479 (3 cr.) Topics: Nepal Nonviolence – Alternative Spring Break

PSY488 (3 cr.) Teaching Assistantship – Co-trainer

PSY489 (3 cr.) Independent Study: International Nonviolence Summer Institute

PSC420 (3 cr.) Nonviolence & Change in the Nuclear Age

Sponsoring departments and programs: Communication Studies, Honors Program, Human Development & Family Studies, Philosophy, Psychology, Women’s Studies.

For more information contact: The Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies (401) 874-2875 or or