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GW Study Abroad

Peace Studies students are encouraged to pursue study abroad opportunities, such as the GW Global Bachelor's Program.

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. 

GW Peace Studies Statement on Current Protests and Government Response

The Peace Studies Program at the George Washington University expresses its strong support for the anti-racism protests occurring across this country and around the world, in response to the killings of Black Americans Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, George Floyd, and David McAtee, among many others too numerous to name.  The issue of systemic racism relates to the very legitimacy of our democracy, and the overwhelming majority of protesters have acted responsibly and in keeping with the highest ideals of civil disobedience as a form of conflict resolution and peace-building.

The fact that the President of the United States has called for a militarized response to these protests, predicated on a desire to "dominate" those undertaking this important expression of legitimate outrage and call for social change and justice, represents an assault against not only the protesters, but also the democratic ideals to which this country aspires.

We condemn this authoritarian response to the protests.  It rests on an understanding of democracy and of what constitutes the collective social good that is irredeemably misguided.  Only by turning away from this conception of law and order as a form of dominance can we begin to resolve the conflicts among us and work together toward a more just and peaceable future.

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.”

Read more on GW Today.


Meet the Program Director

Derek Malone-France is an Associate Professor of Religion, Philosophy, and Writing. He is also founding Co-Director of GW's French Embassy Center of Excellence and a member of GW's Academy of Distinguished Teachers.