Exploring the Complexities
through a liberal arts lens.
Who We Are
The GW Peace Studies Program encourages students to unpack the multiple meanings of peace, the relationship between peace and conflict and the role of peace on local and global levels. Through major and minor programs, students learn about 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.
Located in the international policy center of Washington, D.C., the Peace Studies Program offers access to internship opportunities and pathways to successful careers in policy, law, health, social work, advocacy and much more.
BA '14, MPH '19
"My BA in Religion and minor in Peace Studies gave me the tools and research skills to better understand how to work with people within their own communities and context. After graduation, I served in the Peace Corps focusing on youth sexual health and eventually went for an MPH. I now use all these experiences to work in the political strategy space."
What We Offer
Peace studies is an interdisciplinary field, and students may choose from our major or minor tracks. All students complete a capstone research project.
Washington, D.C., offers unsurpassed internship opportunities, including at the International Rescue Committee and the U.S. State Department.
Cultural & Language Exploration
All majors are required to study a foreign language, and many students expand their global and cultural awareness through study abroad.
Alumni have gone on to work at institutions including the Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. Attorney's Office, the Urban Justice Center and more.