Peace Studies Program

The Peace Studies Program encourages students to explore the multiple meanings of peace, the relationship between peace and conflict, and the role of peace on local and global levels. The program provides students the opportunity to examine peace in its philosophical and religious dimensions, as an important aspect of international affairs, and as a vital part of social, economic, and environmental justice. The Peace Studies Program focuses on the study of peace and conflict through the lens of the humanities and the liberal arts. Housed within the Department of Religion in the Columbian College, the Peace Studies Program emphasizes the role of world religions in peace building and conflict resolution. 


Giving Peace a Chance

Giving Peace a Chance

Mac Kimbum Lee calls himself a searcher. Just 22, the political science major finds himself pondering questions that scholars and statesmen spend a lifetime studying: Why is it so impossible to resolve global conflicts? What does peace actually look like? And, most importantly, where do I fit in? What can I do to improve people’s lives? Read More.


An Active Peace

An Active Peace

Students explore more than six centuries of peace and conflict in George Washington’s Peace Studies Program. 

“We look at peace through the lenses of religion, philosophy, history, political science and other disciplinary majors,” said Dr. Oh. “I think the students become inspired by a lot of the historical figures and movements that they come across. They also come away with an enriched vocabulary to think about conflict, peace and democracy.”

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Meet the Program Director

Irene Oh is Associate Professor in the Department of Religion. She received her PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia and is the author of The Rights of God: Islam, Human Rights, and Comparative Ethics. She is currently working on a book about the ethics of motherhood.