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Liberal Arts/Peace and World Order/A.A.Degree

Peace and World Order Concentration

Program Advisor: Thomas Curley, 413-236-2103

The Peace and World Order Studies concentration seeks to provide students with a broad understanding of many global problems, suggested paths to solutions, and approaches to careers and further study in related areas. As a new and rapidly expanding area of concentration, Peace and World Order Studies cuts across many traditional academic lines. It is a discipline which is defined as much by the problems it addresses as by the method it applies.

Students who complete this concentration are eligible for application for transfer to a large variety of Peace and World Order Studies programs at colleges and universities throughout the United States and other countries. Some of these programs are very broad in their approach. Others are more specific, specializing, for example, in conflict resolution or world order issues. Still other schools require a double major, so that their graduates are prepared to pursue a traditional career with the benefit of many peacemaking skills.

This is a MassTransfer eligible program.

Expected Outcomes

Graduates of this program should be able to:

  • critically reflect on lessons learned from historical and contemporary political, economic, social, and environmental decisions and outcomes; and, as a result, exercise problem-solv­ing skills founded on a commitment to active non-violence and sustainable solutions;
  • critically analyze, synthesize, and link theory and practice in regards to key concepts in this field (war, violence, peace, justice, human rights, exploitation, oppression, environmental issues, and security);
  • exhibit commitment and self-assurance in promoting a global culture of peace, to include active personal and structural solu­tions that embody the principles of non-violence and relation­ship building.

Graduation Requirements

Program 27 Credits
ENG 204 Literature of Peace and War 3
PHL 105 World Security and Sustainability 3
PHL 111 Alternatives to Violence 3
PHL 270 Independent Study in Peace and World Order 3
  Free Electives 15


General Education 35 Credits
COM Communication 3
ENG English Composition/Writing 6
ENG   Literature 
HIS 113 Western Civilization to 1500 3
HIS 114 Western Civilization since 1500 3
MAT Mathematics  3
  Behavioral and Social Science 
  Environmental Studies (see footnote 1) 
  Natural or Physical Science (see footnote 1) 7


Additional As Shown 
Core Competencies Portfolio 6 Items
Forum 12 Units
Health/Fitness 30 Hours
Minimum Cumulative Average 2.000

Suggested block for program completion

First Semester

16 Credits  
PHL 105   World Security and Sustainability  
ENG         English Composition/Writing 
HIS 113   Western Civilization to 1500  
MAT        Mathematics  
              Natural or Physical Science (see footnote 1) 

Second Semester

16 Credits  
PHL 111   Alternatives to Violence  
              Free Elective
 ENG       English Composition/Writing
 HIS 114  Western Civilization Since 1500
              Environmental Studies (see footnote 1)  
              Natural or Physical Science (see footnote 1)

Third Semester

15 Credits  
ENG 204  Literature of Peace and War  
              Free Electives  
COM       Communication  
              Behavioral and Social Science  

Fourth Semester

15 Credits  
PHL 270  Independent Study in Peace and World Order  
              Free Electives  
ENG        Literature  
              Behavioral and Social Science  


1. The Natural or Physical Science requirement must be fulfilled by one four-credit laboratory science and one
three-credit non-laboratory science or by two four-credit laboratory sciences. Completion of an environmentally focused laboratory science, such as BIO 109, BIO 110, ENV 101, ENV 102, fulfills both the Natural or Physical Science and Environmental Studies requirement.